Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment   [updated July 24, 2013]

Mohammad Darrar Jammo funeral, Latakia July 2013


The murder of the Syrian regime loyalist Mohammed Darrar Jammo in Lebanon, now said to have been an internal family affair, led to much firing in the air. At Jammo’s funeral in Latakia, there was a heavy presence of militiamen, and militiawomen, who were there to pay their respects to the dead. These fighters belong to a group now known as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Iskanderoun/Syrian Resistance, which considered Jammo one of their own. It is led by a certain Mihrac Ural, who works under the nom de guerre of Ali Kayali.

Kayali is a Turkish-born Alawite, and now a naturalized citizen, having lived in Syria since the early 1980s. His background is murky and controversial. He cut his teeth in 1970s Turkey as an ultraleftist, then took up arms against the government and added the cause of Syro-Arab nationalism to his repertoire. From there, he entered the Beqaa Valley-centered underworld of Syrian-backed radical factions, developed a connection to the Kurdish PKK, and also seems to have struck up a lasting relationship with the Assad regime itself. Exiled in Syria since escaping a Turkish prison in 1980, Kayali ran a small splinter faction of his communist sect, the THKP/C-Acilciler, and worked to reattach the Hatay (or Iskanderoun or Alexandretta) province to Syria. This is a longstanding Syrian government demand, and Hafez al-Assad briefly toyed with the Hatay separatists in his cold war with Turkey. But it was a passing fancy, and Kayali himself had been long forgotten by the time Bashar took over and patched up relations with Turkey.

Mihrac Ural (Ali Kayali) as a young man.

Ali Kayali, doing his Young Stalin impersonation

After the start of Syria’s unrest in 2011, Kayali suddenly reappeared as a force to reckon with. He began recruiting young Alawites on the coast to PFLI/Syrian Resistance, and set them to work as a pro-regime militia. The group has been fighting to keep rebels contained to the Sunni areas of northern Latakia, and even made some forays into the Homs region. While it uses Syrian-nationalist and leftist imagery, Kayali’s group has only made half-hearted attempts at hiding its Alawite character. Kayali himself is often accompanied on official occasions by a rising Alawi religious figure called Mowaffaq al-Ghazal. This spring, Kayali’s militia was rumored to be involved in the Baniyas/Beida massacres, a sectarian slaughter of Sunni civilian families and one of the worst war crimes to date in the Syrian conflict. He has also been accused by his enemies of involvement in narcotics trafficking into Hatay and of organizing bomb attacks in Turkey. But details are scarce, and it’s very difficult to tell fact from fiction.

But, now – here was Kayali at the funeral of Mohammed Darrar Jammo, sheikh Ghazal at his side. The PFLI/Syrian Resistance had in fact organized part of the funeral ceremonies, along with the party, state and army. In pictures from the event, we see Kayali’s militia fighters in full camouflage and battle gear, waving flags and rattling off some obligatory AK47 rounds. Banners and placards glorifying the group and its martyrs were held high. Kayali himself had a seat of honor next to the Christian and Alawite religious dignitaries, with representatives of the army also on the scene. The photographs show Ali Kayali basking in the adulation of his supporters – a loyal fighter for Assad, but now also a political figure in his own right.

Ali Kayali and the PKK's Abdullah Öcalan

Chilling with Abdullah Öcalan


The Syrian opposition has had a tendency to lump together every pro-Assad organization under the term ”Shabbiha”, just like the Assad regime would want us to believe that all the rebels are ”Wahhabis”.

The ”Shabbiha” term itself comes from old Alawite coastal smuggling gangs, some of them linked to Fawwaz al-Assad. (This great post by Mohammed D. has more on that.) It was originally a local phenomenon, and first entered the national – and international – lexicon when thugs cracked down on the Latakia-Baniyas protests of March 2011. For the local demonstrators that reported the killings, the word ”Shabbiha” had a very specific meaning. But many other reporters and opposition members took the term and ran with it. Soon, it was being applied to pro-Assad vigilantes all across Syria, causing much confusion about how Fawwaz al-Assad and his little gang of street brawlers could be everywhere at the same time.

Opposition gossip about how you can recognize a ”Shabbiha member” by his white sneakers or this or that style of beard, particular cars and so on, not to mention their ق-heavy Alawite coastal accent, have been spread as fact in the media. But in reality, of course, there was no single Shabbiha movement and no single type of Shabbiha character. The people called ”Shabbiha” belonged to lots of different organizations and communities. Syria is a complicated place, and just about every corner of the country has inhabitants who for some reason have seen fit to fight for Assad. Far from all have been Alawites, and most have had nothing whatsoever to do with Fawwaz al-Assad.

For example, a gang of mafiosi from a politically connected Sunni clan played the part of ”Shabbiha” in Aleppo, until its leaders were captured and summarily executed by rebels in July 2012. Something similar went down in Idleb City, where gangs of Sunni regime supporters did Bashar’s dirty work, until the army stepped in. Tribal rivalries played a part in Deir al-Zor, while Arab-Kurdish tension and the ambiguous role of the PKK influenced developments in Hassake. In Quseir, some members of the Kasouha clan – Greek Orthodox – set up checkpoints to stop the opposition. In Homs and many other places, local Alawite thugs were funded by regime-connected businessmen like Rami Makhlouf, to transform their street gangs into well-armed militias. (Aziz Nakkash has written better than anyone else about how sectarian and regional dynamics, and politics and money, helped shape the militia structure in the Homs region.)

Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade

The Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade in Damascus

A thousand contradictions, and a million nuances – yet, most of the media swallowed the opposition’s ”Shabbiha” concept hook line and sinker. The USA Department of the Treasury even went as far as sanctioning ”The Shabbiha” as if it were an organized nation-wide group led, of course, by Fawwaz al-Assad. Which probably says more about how the US government is run than it does about the Syrian militias.

Today the “Shabbiha” term is generally used in this new, post-2011 meaning – as a generalized, insulting description of an Assad supporter. That happens to words, and it’s okay. But it’s also important to try to look behind such vocabulary, since it serves a political purpose. On the one hand, it’s been useful for the opposition – but it has also, quite unintentionally, helped the regime conceal the increasing fragmentation of its repressive apparatus.


It’s news to no one that the opposition movement in Syria is extremely fragmented, but what hasn’t received enough attention is that something similar seems to be happening on the regime side. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, it too has begun to decentralize and drift apart. Assad’s growing reliance on local proxies, paramilitary forces, and foreign militias is the best evidence.

Ali Kayali’s PFLI/Syrian Resistance on the coast is only one example. The most common type of pro-Assad militia has been the Popular Committee, a sort of government-backed neighborhood watch which has mushroomed across the country since spring 2011. When the uprising began, the regime could also draw on a legacy of Baathist paramilitary groups, most of them set up during the intra-party power struggles in the 1960s and to counter the Islamist uprising of the 1980s. The Baath’s paramilitary wing, the Popular Army, is the best known of these groups. But they were far from the only such group – in the early 1980s, even the state-run Peasants’ Union created its own armed wing. Add to this some Palestinian client groups like Ahmed Jibril’s PFLP-GC, Fath al-Intifada and al-Saeqa, other international proxies, and the bodyguards and thugs loyal to individual members of the ruling family. Fawwaz al-Assad’s original Shabbiha gangs on the coast were only the best known. And of course, many Alawite villages and neighborhoods will receive arms one way or the other, whether it is organized or not.

Hilal Hilal

Hilal Hilal, new Baath Party boss

The Baath Party has also reportedly begun putting guns in the hands of its members. Hilal Hilal, who led the Baath’s Aleppo branch, successfully oversaw the creation of a new party militia to counter the rebels there. He claimed to have gathered 5,000 volunter fighters in the newly created Baath Battalions already by November 2012. Hilal has just been named Bashar’s assistant regional secretary; it may not sound very impressive, but it means he’s now responsible for running the day-to-day affairs of the Baath Party. If he received that post as a reward for holding his ground in Aleppo, and for successfully militarizing the local party branch, we can assume the same thing is now going to be repeated elsewhere.

Last but not least, of course, we’re seeing Shia jihadist groups flood into Syria, just like their Sunni counterparts. Chief among them are the Lebanese Hezbollah, which will require no further introduction, and the Iraqi-majority Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade in Sayyeda Zeinab, south Damascus. There are several other, smaller Shia militia formations, many of them connected to Islamists in Iraq, as has been so well documented by Phillip Smyth.


Ali Kayali at a recent meeting with two leaders of Syria's largest Shia Islamist militia, the Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, Messrs. Mokhtar Hussein (Abu Haidar) and Hassan Ajib (Abu Ajib)

Ali Kayali and two Abul-Fadl al-Abbas commanders in July 2013

These militias have been very useful to Bashar al-Assad and his government, but they also represent a weakening of its centralized structure. There’s already talk of how some pro-Assad gangs have begun to self-finance through smuggling, looting, protection rackets and so on. That makes them able to keep fighting for Assad – but it also makes them less dependent on him. Neighborhood leaders, tribal figures, and militia bosses are all developing power bases of their own, no longer limited to the titular positions granted them by Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian regime is, since 2011, slowly losing the trappings of state sovereignty, even in the areas still held by Assad. Hezbollah is now propping up Baath control in the strategic Quseir area – and it’s an Iranian client, not a Syrian one. The Iraqi Islamists of the Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade help keep the opposition away from the Damascus International Airport. But they do so to protect the Sayyeda Zeinab area from rebel incursions, for their own religious reasons, and to protect the Iraqi Shia who live there – not because they have strong feelings about who should operate Syrian Air. Meanwhile, men like Ali Kayali have taken up arms on behalf of the regime, gathered their own private armies, and are now rising political stars on their home turf. There must be hundreds of similar but smaller militia bosses now, in neighborhoods and villages across Assad-held Syria.

These fighters, some of whom are only indirectly linked to Assad or even to Syria, will eventually emerge as powerbrokers in their own right. Just like Assad felt the need to reward Hilal Hilal and other effective Baathist hardliners, he will have to share resources and power with militia commanders on the fringes of the state.

If Assad were to win the war and reconquer Syria – but I can’t fathom how – he could probably bring his many militias back in line without major problems. But he isn’t winning, and the war will go on, and on and on.

Wait long enough, and at least some of these newly-empowered regime subcontractors will realize that they have become dictators of their own little republics – stretching sovereign from Abu Ali’s cornershop to the street by the gas station. When the day comes that Assad can neither protect them nor finance them, their loyalty to him will be tested. Many are going to stick together in the ex-regime camp out of fear or ideology or sectarian solidarity, but others will transfer their allegiance to someone who can pay their way – whether it’s a bigger militia leader, a wealthy businessman, a foreign government like Iran, someone else inside the regime, or even an opposition group.

The central Syrian state has begun to disintegrate, but the regime’s component parts are not going anywhere. They will adapt to anarchy, like everyone else.



An artist’s rendering of the crisis in Syria

The Baath Party and Syria’s official media are trying to conceal and reverse this process as best they can. Regime propaganda is very centralized and on-message, and internal discipline seems impressively strict even after two years of war. The cult of personality around Bashar al-Assad also helps. His centrality is not just about dictatorial powers, it’s also symbolic. Assad-era Baathism is all about a fusion of Party, Nation and Leader as Souriya al-Assad, in classic fascist style. The president was always the symbolic embodiment of that holy trinity, and cult worship of him has been the pillar that kept big-tent Baathism standing. For as long as Bashar is around, every opponent of the uprising will know who s/he is supposed to rally around (Assad), whose instructions to obey (Assad), and what type of regime to ask for (Assad). Not an inspirational ideology, but it goes a long way towards presenting a common front. The Syrian regime needs an Assad like an army needs a flag.

"Abu Fakhr" Mohammed al-Ghani, who recently died while fighting rebels east of Damascus for the Martyr Saad Martyr Regiment, a pro-regime militia within the NDF framework

A regime supporter who recently died fighting for the Martyr Saad Zamam Regiment, an NDF faction in eastern Damascus

But even if this symbolic unity helps a lot, reality can’t be ignored. Unless the war changes course dramatically, the regime won’t be able to reverse the ”militiafication” of its repressive apparatus, it can just try to cope with it and control the process. In 2012, many Popular Committees and other local militias began to be merged into a bigger and supposedly more cohesive paramilitary organization, called the National Defense Forces. It seems to have received some level of Iranian financing and training, and we saw it play a role in the regime’s recapture of Quseir not long ago. But putting Volkssturm at the frontline was never a sign that your war is going well.

However much the creation of the NDF helped Assad to re-centralize control over the pro-regime armed movement, he can’t buck the trend in the long run. We may be years from the day the that these changes take full effect. But there is no doubt that if this conflict goes on, and Assad continues to grow weaker, then the withering of state sovereignty will proceed unchecked. Warlordism is coming, and not only on the opposition side. Cracks can now be seen on fringes of the regime, and the center will not be spared.

— Aron Lund

Added on July 24, 2013: Several people have sent me an article just published by the Aks al-Sir website, that illustrates some of these issues very well. The article is based on a text first published on Kulluna Shuraka, an influential opposition news site run by the UAE-based dissident Ayman Abdel-Nour. For context, Jeremana is a suburb of Damascus, mostly populated by Christians and Druze. What follows is my own translation of the article.

Republican Guard forces have arrested the man responsible for the Basel Street checkpoint in the city of Jeremana, this Monday, “Abu Yazin” Basel Seif. They also arrested “Abu Ayman” Emad Dawoud, who is responsible for the Oscar checkpoint that leads to the airport road, as well as other people. This was part of a campaign started days ago, with the arrest of the Shabbiha leader Hussein Shoeib.

The arrest of Shoeib provoked the wrath of his adherents (about 50 people). They launched an armed attack on the so-called National Defense Forces in Jeremana, which had been set up by the regime using people from Jeremana, led by one of them called Farhan al-Shaalan. It frightened the city and forced shops to close, according to the Kulluna Shuraka website.

An activist in the city says that the people arrested today were useful to the regime at the start of the uprising, when they worked alongisde it to repress the movement and persecute activists in the city and outside of it. They broke into houses and robbed their owners and attacked them. With some of them, the situation reached a point where they established their own private prisons in the cellars of their houses and on farms, to kidnap and extort people, particularly outsiders who were not from the city, in exchange for money. They also used these places to collect and resell what they had stolen. This created discontent with their actions among people in the city.

Analyzing the reasons for the campaign against the Shabbiha in Jeremana, the activist says that their actions blossomed and they started to work for their own purposes, and some of them began to refuse the orders to go on security assignments outside the city, fearing that this would be dangerous. Conflicts about the “loot” started to appear among them. Each group was linked to a particular security section, and they began to reveal the theft and transgressions of each other.

On the other hand, the regime has created what is known as the Popular Committees, and developed them into what is known as the National Defense Army [sic] in the city (some 600 young Druze and Christian men). It set up a structure for them, and gave them the Water Unit building to serve as headquarters, and turned them into an organized force on the ground. It also sent tens of them on training courses in Iran, and distributed arms and communications equipment among them, and it gives them a monthly salary. Therefore, the “first” Shabbiha have become a burden to the regime, and it became necessary to cut them down to size in order to win public support in the city, and to get rid of the danger posed by so-called “disloyal” groups that it did not fully control, which competed with the new groups for “loot” and stolen goods.

Comments (663)

zoo said:

US weapons to rebels in August?

U.S. arming of Syria rebels could be temporary, slow: officials
July 23, 2013,0,7919632.story

(Reuters) – U.S. plans to arm Syrian rebels passed one congressional hurdle but may face more when funding runs out in two months, further delaying the flow of weapons, U.S. officials and other sources said.

House and Senate intelligence panels this month agreed to a White House plan to provide arms to rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite lawmakers’ reservations about the its chances of success.

But a U.S. official involved in the issue said funding for the classified program runs out on September 30, the end of the government’s fiscal year. That means the White House will again have to seek Congress’ blessing for arming the rebels, the official said, possibly setting up a renewed confrontation over Washington’s policy in the Syrian civil war.

July 23rd, 2013, 6:13 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Thank you Aron Lund for this article
As the war takes long time these murderers will rise in power,and they become more ferocious, it will be difficult to control them, specially if Assad dies , but they have no interntional respect,that means they will run away ,probably to Lebanon and Iraq.
Assad major military supporter is HA the newly listed as terrorist organization,these people remind me of Qaramita, they will have their days but they will be chased killed and disappear from earth

July 23rd, 2013, 6:59 pm


Mina said:

Very interesting post, sort of a response to this Guardian article refered here

July 23rd, 2013, 7:01 pm


don said:

Syria, NATO and Hezbollah: Turkey is alarmed by Al-Qaeda losses against the Kurds

NATO Turkey is highlighting the shady reality that various al-Qaeda affiliated groups can openly operate within a NATO member state and within areas of close proximity. Not only this, it is abundantly clear that the Erdogan government in Turkey is more concerned about the Kurdish question than aiding and abetting al-Qaeda affiliates in border areas. Therefore, when Kurdish forces pushed back al-Qaeda affiliated groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the armed forces of Turkey fired into the border area of Ras al-Ain (Ras al-Ayn) in Syria.

Kurdish forces in northern parts of Syria just like Hezbollah are equally alarmed by the sectarian and Takfiri elements within the plethora of terrorist groups which are being assisted by outside nations. Nations supporting sectarianism, sedition and terrorism against secular Syria applies to America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and several Gulf states. NATO is also being dragged through the mud because al-Qaeda terrorist groups have a safe haven within parts of Turkey along the vast border areas. This safe haven applies to the free transit of international terrorists from various nations, military hardware, logistics, planned operations and breathing space when they are being forced back.

The Long War Journal reports that “If it is confirmed that elements of the Free Syrian Army are fighting alongside the ISIL and the Al Nusrah Front, it is yet more evidence that the FSA isn’t all that interested in making a break from the al Qaeda factions despite the fact that a top FSA commander was murdered by the ISIL just a week ago.”

In another report from The Long War Journal published after a leading FSA figure was murdered it was stated that “As noted here at Threat Matrix just yesterday, there is little chance that the Free Syrian Army would pursue its grievance with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant over the latter’s murder of an FSA commander in Latakia. The 24-hour FSA deadline to turn over the ISIL commander who executed the FSA leader in Latakia has come and gone. Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army, which is demanding that the US and the West pony up weapons, continues to “welcome” the ISIL.”

Al Jazeera is no friend of secular Syria but even this agency reports that “Leaders of the Western- and Arab-backed FSA told Al Jazeera that they did not consider the ISIL an enemy, but that they would defend themselves.”

“They are welcome if they help us fight the regime,” Colonel Abdel Rahman Suweis, a member of the FSA Supreme Military Council, said.”

“But if they want to cause strife, impose a new understanding of religion and make Syria another Afghanistan, we will take the necessary measures.”

The Syrian government, Hezbollah and Kurdish forces in the north of Syria are all fighting to preserve their respective culture and heritage against sectarian backed Takfiri and terrorist organizations. In another article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “The mass media is trying to hype the “sectarian card” on both sides but it simply doesn’t wash. After all, Hezbollah is focused heavily on the Palestinian question despite the overwhelming majority of Palestinians being Sunni Muslim. At no point did this enter the equation for either Hezbollah or the government of Syria. It must be remembered that the government of Syria took in over one million refugees from Iraq irrespective if Christian, Sunni or belonging to the Shia faith. Likewise, Syria welcomed vast numbers of Palestinians which fled their homeland after the creation of Israel and because of the countless convulsions which hit Jordan and Lebanon in the past.”

July 23rd, 2013, 7:19 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Don’t worry about funding, once they start , it is slippery slope, there is no going back,
As I said before ,sooner or later US will be involved militarily.

July 23rd, 2013, 7:23 pm


Altair said:

I want to remain optimistic that Syria will survive this round of strife and internecine killing, but I fear that it won’t. The more this conflict becomes sectarian, the worse Syria’s chances are, and the worse the chances are that the entire Middle East will know peace in our lifetimes.

Is no one open to reason?

July 23rd, 2013, 7:23 pm


Altair said:

By the way, I recently saw an interview with Robert Fisk made last March where he indicated that he saw a betrayal by the Western powers of the rebels being in the works. That betrayal is coming to fruition now, if one considers Britain, which worked hard to remove the EU arms embargo, now says it will not arm the rebels.

The strategy of some Western countries, if there is a strategy at all, seems to be to keep the conflict going. Arm the rebels enough to the point of a stalemate. Tweak the policy the other way whenever one side looks like it is winning. This way, Syria can be kept in a state of deterioration until perhaps, there is no Syria ruled as one state, or the central state is so weak it won’t matter. This is what Afghanistan looks like today, whether by design or by incompetence, and despite tens of billions of dollars spent on it.

The great irony is that Western public opinion, to which Western governments can now claim to adhere (they didn’t with Iraq), want to have nothing to do with an intervention in Syria by and large because of the totally immoral and unsuccessful invasion of Iraq.

I’m not sure this is what the US or British leaderships want. Evidence is hard to come by in the present. But I can safely assume that Israel’s leadership is quite satisfied with it.

The sad thing is that Syrians continue to oblige their enemies by destroying themselves and their country. It doesn’t matter whether one sides with the government or the rebels (though I believe the government provoked the violence initially), Syria is losing this war either way.

July 23rd, 2013, 7:39 pm


Uzair8 said:

I caught Radio 4’s The World Tonight, a daily 45 minute news programme, a few hours ago. It’s available to listen again.

This episode had Syria as the top headline.

Syria: is the US preparing to support the rebels?

America’s most senior military officer has been outlining the options he believes the US armed forces could implement in Syria. A former special advisor to President Obama, Ambassador Frederic Hof tells Radio 4 what he thinks the White House may decide.

Listen from 8:15 till 16:16

July 23rd, 2013, 8:13 pm


Uzair8 said:

Hezbollah facing growing Syria backlash
22 July 2013

BBC News – 12 hours ago

“Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria is an Iranian decision, and it’s actually incapable of withdrawing from Syria at the moment even if it’s targeted at home,”


Btw I like The Independent’s headline:

Hezbollah rattled as EU unanimously agrees to put group on terrorism blacklist

Monday 22nd July

July 23rd, 2013, 8:39 pm


Tara said:

The blacklisting of HA as a terrorist organization is the first in series of “political price” it will pay for killing the same people who opened their arms to the Lebanese shiaas during 2006 war.

It is well deserved.

And more to come!

July 23rd, 2013, 8:56 pm


omen said:

mic check?

i’m not allowed to post twitter links?

stripped everything twitter related, still wont post.

July 23rd, 2013, 9:18 pm


omen said:

oh well. i should take a hint.

July 23rd, 2013, 9:29 pm


Tara said:


“It’s news to no one that the opposition movement in Syria is extremely fragmented, but what hasn’t received enough attention is that something similar seems to be happening on the regime side. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, it too has begun to decentralize and drift apart. Assad’s growing reliance on local proxies, paramilitary forces, and foreign militias is the best evidence.”

Outstanding article.

With this fragmentation and decentralization you eloquently described, how long before a “warlord” designation fits Assad perfectly?

July 23rd, 2013, 9:39 pm


don said:


12. omen said: oh well. i should take a hint.

July 23rd, 2013, 9:59 pm


habib said:

If Assad goes, guys like Ali Kayali will take over and continue the fight much more brutally. Is this what the West and the Salafis want?

July 23rd, 2013, 10:03 pm


Tara said:

The above post by Aron Lund is well researched and well thought of that I believe it should be published in NewTork Times. If it would be up to me, I’d call it “the destruction from within”


It is a lot of material for the cultists to digest tonight..

I’d also like it translated in Arabic and read by the Damascene business class….that the end is coming!

July 23rd, 2013, 10:15 pm


habib said:

“But putting Volkssturm at the frontline was never a sign that your war is going well.”

That is besides the point, the move was made to keep the militias under one banner, not because the war was going bad.

As long as Assad lives, all the militias will fight for the same cause. Only if he is killed, they will fragment. And then the pan-Syrian line of Assad will be ignored, and Sunnis will be eliminated form the west.

This is also the main way an Alawite state would be formed. People seem to underestimate Assad’s close ties to secular Sunnis, and that an Alawite state has no interest for him.

July 23rd, 2013, 10:17 pm


habib said:

16. Tara

Lol, I think you need to look at the larger context. At this rate, the opposition will be dissolved long before anything similar happens to the regime side. And when that time comes, Assad will still be around to assemble it.

Yes, the regime is in a shabby state, but nowhere near the opposition. Wishful thinking/hubris like this will only make the opposition’s fall harder, you should know by now how damaging it can be (everyone underestimating Assad is probably the reason he’s still around).

July 23rd, 2013, 10:24 pm


AMEERA said:

يا حسرتي على الفئير و الغلبان

“عتمد المؤسسات الدولية رقم 2 دولار شهرياً للفرد باعتباره حد الفقر الأعلى أو ما يسمّى الإملاق النسبي، وتعتمد رقم دولار واحد حداً للفقر الأدنى أو الإملاق المطلق، فهل تصح هذه الأرقام بالنسبة إلى سوريا؟

دمشق إن حساباً أولياً ينطلق من كون متوسط عدد أفراد العائلة السورية هو خمسة أفراد، بنسبة إعالة 1/5، أي معيل واحد لكل أسرة، ويعتمد أرقام الأمم المتحدة لخط الفقر الأعلى، ينتج منه أن الأسرة السورية تحتاج شهرياً إلى «30 * 5 * 2 = 300$». وباعتماد الرقم الحالي لسعر الدولار، أي حوالى 180 ليرة سورية، فإن هذا يعني أن الأسرة السورية تحتاج شهرياً إلى مبلغ «300 * 180 = 54000 ليرة»، لكي تعيش على الحد الأعلى للفقر، وتحتاج إلى نصف هذا المبلغ، أي 27000 ليرة شهرياً لتعيش على الحد الأدنى للفقر.”

July 23rd, 2013, 10:27 pm


Tara said:


And Assad and the cultists underestimation of the enormity of the sentiment against their rotten rule is probably the reason why it has been 26 months and not khalset. The sectarian dynasty in Syria is finished. Mark my word. I will remind you once.

Assad has stayed too long due to the mere sheer of sectarian brutality…and believe it or not… luck.

July 23rd, 2013, 10:34 pm


habib said:

20. Tara

I think open borders to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon would have something to do with the longevity of the fighting as well.

Remember, even the US had to pull out of Iraq after several years, so that a rather weak country like Syria could continue for even this long against the same enemies is pretty baffling.

The more you predict Assad will go, the longer he’ll stay. History should had taught you so much. But be my guest, keep underestimating him, and the continued shattering of hopes will be enough to destroy the insurgency.

This will likely end with some kind of Baath/MB power-sharing agreement. That is pretty bad, and not what anyone wants, but wait and see. What the “experts” (including Lund and Landis) predict for this war never happens.

July 23rd, 2013, 10:46 pm


ghufran said:

Historically, the Assads gave shabeehas a certain degree of freedom as long as they did not defy the regime orders or go too far in their aggressive dealings with citizens, those shabeehas are now likely to be stronger and more independent and may have less reasons to obey Assad orders when public opinion in their areas is different from that of the central government.
I am afraid that Shabeehas main role, if this war continues and turns more sectarian, will be performing retaliatory sectarian cleansing campaigns to ” purify” coastal areas.
Shabeehas and thugs always existed in Syria but the war gave them more prominence as the Syrian state continues to deteriorate, unlike confused thawrajiyyeh I definitely blame rebels along with the regime for this disaster.
There will be a number of warlords in Syria but Bashar himself may not be one of them, other members of his family and Qirdaha circle will. Anti regime areas have many more warlords who, unlike the pro regime ones, are less tolerant of western “sins” and more likely to mistreat women.
Trust me on this, the same people , especially women, who are talking about regime Shabeehas would rather, if they have to choose, live under regime thugs than Nusra thugs.
The article picks and chooses, I guess it is more sexy to report about the man who bit a dog !!

July 23rd, 2013, 11:14 pm


Ghufran said:

The Telegraph:

By Ruth Sherlock, Beirut8:23PM BST 23 Jul 2013

Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the “revolution” in Syria has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict and feeling that they are losing, growing numbers of rebels are signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.
At the same time, the families of retreating fighters have begun quietly moving back to government-controlled territory, seen as a safer place to live as the regime continues its intense military push against rebel-held areas.
The move is a sign of the growing confidence of the regime, which has established a so-called “ministry of reconciliation” with the task of easing the way for former opponents to return to the government side.
Ali Haider, the minister in charge, said: “Our message is, ‘if you really want to defend the Syrian people, put down your weapons and come and defend Syria in the right way, through dialogue’.”
Mr Haider, who has a reputation as a moderate within the regime, has established a system in which opposition fighters give up their weapons in exchange for safe passage to government-held areas.
Rebel fighters have privately said that they are aware of the amnesty offer, and that some men had chosen to accept it, although they say that the numbers involved remains a small proportion of those fighting the government.
“I used to fight for revolution, but now I think we have lost what we were fighting for,” said Mohammed, a moderate Muslim rebel from the northern town of Raqqa who declined to give his last name. “Now extremists control my town. My family has moved back to government side because our town is too unsafe. Assad is terrible, but the alternative is worse.”
The prevalence of extremist Islamist groups in rebel-held areas, particularly in the north, has caused some opposition fighters to “give up” on their cause.
Ziad Abu Jabal comes from one of the villages in Homs province whose residents recently agreed to stop fighting the regime. “When we joined the demonstrations we wanted better rights,” he said. “After seeing the destruction and the power of jihadists, we came to an agreement with the government.”
Mr Haider said that he had attended a ceremony yesterday at which 180 opposition fighters rejoined the government’s police force, from which they had previously defected.
Although it was not possible to verify this claim, when The Daily Telegraph previously visited the reconciliation ministry’s headquarters in Damascus the office was crowded with the family members of rebels fighting in the city’s suburbs who said their men wanted to return.
A ministry negotiator, who gave his name only as Ahmed, was in the process of arranging the defection of a rebel commander and 10 of his men from the Ghouta district.
“It took us three months of negotiation and this is a test,” he said. “If this goes well, the commander says that 50 others will follow.”
He described the steps taken to allow the return of fighters willing to lay down their arms. First, he said, a negotiator must cross the front line for a meeting on rebel-held territory. “We have to hope the rebel commander orders his snipers not to shoot us.”
Would-be defectors were given papers allowing them to pass through Syrian army checkpoints, and then waited in a safe house until the officials could get their names removed from wanted lists held by the more hardline defence ministry and intelligence agencies.
The rebels “did not sign up to be part of extremist Islamist groups that have now gained influence”, he said. “Now they want to come back to a normal life.”
In the days before the regime took the town of Qusayr last month, The Telegraph saw mediators on the Lebanese border work with the Syrian army to secure an amnesty for fighters wanting to surrender.
The phone rang with desperate calls from the parents of the rebels. “These mothers know that this is the last chance for their sons. If they don’t give up their weapons now they will die because they are losing the battle,” said Ali Fayez Uwad, the mediator.

July 23rd, 2013, 11:43 pm


revenire said:

Tartus and Latakia are Sunni-majority cities. They are also cities that are 1000% behind the government. The same goes for Damascus.

The entire sectarian line fails.

July 24th, 2013, 12:17 am


Ghufran said:

Alawites have a decisive majority in Tartous, rev. Tartous also has a significant Christian population. In Latakia , alawites have a large presence and may have a slim majority but there is no dominant sect. Armed rebellion in Tartous is limited to Banyas area, this is why Banyas will be a prime target for sectarian cleansing if things, god forbid, get to that point.
In Latakia, most of the armed rebels are near the borders with turkey, those rebels are mostly Turkmen and people from other provinces. I agree that the coast is reliably pro regime, also , most of the Sunni there have no appetite to participate in the rebellion for a number of reasons. It tells a lot about the nature if thisvwar when we see that middle and upper class Sunnis have mostly chosen not to take sides or in many cases support the regime, the reason is simple : those people will do better under Assad than under Nusra Et al as bad as the regime is. That is exactly why I think Syria is stuck between two bad choices, the rebellion failed to win popular support because most Sunnis now believe that Islamist rebels are worse than Assad.

July 24th, 2013, 12:56 am


Ghufran said:

This is an example of how dirty and unpredictable shabeehas business has become:
اعتقلت قوى الحرس الجمهوري يوم الاثنين المسؤول عن حاجز شارع الباسل في مدينة جرمانا “ابو يزن باسل سيف” و المسؤول عن حاجز الأوسكار المؤدي إلى طريق المطار “أبو أيمن عماد داوود”، وغيرهما وذلك في سياق حملة بدأت قبل أيام باعتقال زعيم الشبيحة حسين شعيب.

وكان اعتقال شعيب أثار غضب أتباعه(نحو 50 شخص) فهجموا بالأسلحة على ما يسمى بـ(مركز الدفاع الوطني في جرمانا) الذي شكله النظام من أبناء جرمانا بقيادة أحدهم ويدعى (فرحان الشعلان)، وأثاروا الرعب في المدينة وأجبروا المحلات على الإغلاق، بحسب كلنا شركاء.

و يرى أحد الناشطين في المدينة، بأن هؤلاء الذين يجري اعتقالهم اليوم كان النظام استفاد منهم في بداية الثورة، حيث عملوا معه في قمع الحراك وملاحقة الناشطين داخل وخارج المدينة، فكانوا يداهمون البيوت ويسرقون أصحابها ويعتدون عليهم، ووصل الأمر بالبعض إلى إقامة سجون خاصة بهم في أقبية الأبنية التي كانوا يسكنوها و في المزارع، لخطف و ابتزاز الناس و خاصة من الغرباء عن المدينة مقابل المال، وأيضاً لجمع المسروقات و إعادة بيعها، و هذا ما أثار استياء الرأي العام في المدينة من تصرفاتهم.

July 24th, 2013, 1:23 am


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July 24th, 2013, 2:29 am


Akbar Palace said:

Huh? The “great” Syrian leader, Assad, asked Lieberman to support an “Alawite State”?? WTF?

Why didn’t the “great leader” build up the state he had? No, he’d rather invite Iranian and Hezzi soldiers in to kill his people and pit Sunnis and Shiites against each other and make this a sectarian conflict.

The “great leader” is an embarrassment.


Welcome back. Your posts are much appreciated and positive. Did you say you were in Iran? If so, please give us an idea of the mood there and what people are saying (if they weren’t afraid of speaking their minds).

July 24th, 2013, 7:00 am


Akbar Palace said:

What the US media failed to print about Helen Thomas.

I guess the “Zionist-Controlled” press missed something…

July 24th, 2013, 7:52 am


habib said:

27. Akbar Palace

Lol, more Zionist outreach? You have your own local Muslim Brotherhood, go and suck up to them instead.

July 24th, 2013, 8:00 am


zoo said:


I am not surprised if this phenomenon will spread.
The Syrians who thought they were fighting for a better life are discovering that they are fighting for Islamist extremists, for Israel, for Qatar, for the USA while destroying their own family and killing their own brothers. They are not been offered a better life but a better death.

In my view, sooner or later the FSA will be deserted by the fighters. Gadgets and military aids promised by the West won’t change the growing wave of fighters who are either joining the Islamists or defecting back to the Syrian army.
With military defeats accumulating and the absence of serious hopes for a reversal, the Syrians fighters would rather be on the winning side, for them, and for their families.
If the amnesty procedure implemented by the Syrian government becomes accepted and flies well, I expect the collapse of the FSA very soon.
Once this happen, Jarba calls for weapons will sound irrelevant and he will have to move to Geneva II to allow the SNC to survive.

July 24th, 2013, 8:08 am


Dawoud said:

Thanks, Mr. Lund!

Finally, you are writing on the foreign Shia jihadists who are terrorizing the Syrian people, in addition to Bashar’s terror. This murderous terrorist, Ali Kayali, should be a top proirity for capture. In many ways, after the Banias Massacre, he is worse than Serbia’s Mladic.

July 24th, 2013, 8:24 am


Akbar Palace said:

You have your own local Muslim Brotherhood


What’s wrong with the MB? Oh right. Freedom of speech. That’s always an issue isn’t it?

Anyone that takes the law into their own hands is a criminal. Last I checked, the MB is not a militia. It’s a club and political party. They only exchange ideas, not weapons.

July 24th, 2013, 8:34 am


revenire said:

Ghufran my understanding is Sunni are the majority in Tartus.

It is hard to get reliable information and maybe you’re right.

“Whereas the multi-religious diverse town оf Tartus until 1947 wаs inhabited by а Sunni Muslim majority, since the town saw increased Alawi immigration frоm the surrounding rural Alawite Mountains hinterland regions. Whereas іn 1947 Sunni Muslims accounted fоr 50,7 % оf the population, today Alawites form а majority оf 70% оf the town’s population. Sunni Muslims аnd а small Christian minority account fоr the remaining 30% оf the population.”

Although NPR claims Sunni are the majority here:


July 24th, 2013, 8:50 am


revenire said:

I don’t usually comment on Akbar Palace, as he is here for hasbara trolling games not reasoned discourse, but I do feel the need to point out that the Muslim Brotherhood is very much an armed militia and was behind the 1982 Hama armed insurrection.

“In 1979 the Brotherhood undertook guerrilla activities in multiple cities within the country targeting military officers and government officials.”

We can’t expect a grasp of history from Akbar Palace – a Jew who didn’t know who Nahum Goldmann was (that defies logic). He also didn’t know the elected Iranian government was overthrown by the US in the 1953 to install the US-puppet the Shah. He repeats “Assad Assad Assad” over and over with an occasional “Iran” or “Hezbollah” tossed in for good measure. It is like watching a child’s wind-up toy – an “Akbar-In-The-Box” (excuse the bad joke).

July 24th, 2013, 9:02 am


don said:

Keep your eyes on Egypt. The situation there is deteriorating fast

Egyptian army chief General Sisi calls for street protests

In a speech at a military graduation ceremony, which was broadcast on television, Gen Sisi said: “I urge the people to take to the streets this coming Friday to prove their will and give me, the army and police, a mandate to confront possible violence and terrorism.”

“So that in case there was a resort to violence and terrorism, the army would have a mandate to confront this.”

July 24th, 2013, 9:31 am


zoo said:

With US weapons nowhere to be found, rebels grow increasingly desperate
July 16, 2013

AMMAN: With uncertain weapons-supply routes and unfulfilled promises of arms from the United States, Syrian rebels are literally strapping themselves with explosives in a plea for arms.

In a video uploaded to YouTube last week, fighters in the besieged central city of Homs wear suicide belts, which they say they plan to detonate if the regime’s army storms the rebel-held neighborhood of Khaldiya.

“We wouldn’t do this except out of lack of weapons,” says one of the men, strapped into a belt and standing beside a decimated concrete structure that used to be a building. “There is nothing for us, we have no tanks or planes.”

The video, filmed in the most bombarded city in Syria, captures the desperation felt by rebels all over Syria as the weapons supplies begin to run dry.

The opposition’s political leadership in exile, the Syrian National Coalition, says it will rectify the situation. Last Saturday, the Coalition elected Ahmed Jarba as its new president, who has pledged to use his contacts in Saudi Arabia to garner additional military aid from the kingdom.

July 24th, 2013, 9:32 am


zoo said:

One wonders who are the desperate ones. Don’t they know that the UN chemical expert team is now in Damascus?

Activists and the opposition Syrian Coalition accused the regime of using chemical gas during fighting at the Yarmouk Camp in south Damascus, where Free Syrian Army fighters have been holed up.

“Assad’s forces are using chemical and toxic gas bombs to shell the Yarmouk Palestinian Camp,” the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement on Monoday, adding that the use of chemical weapons “only proves the desperate state that Assad’s regime has reached.”

July 24th, 2013, 9:37 am


mjabali said:

Tartus was a very small town till the 1960’s or 1970’s.

Like the other cities on the coast it did not have any Alawis living in up to the 1920’s. Of course there was Alawis before the Ottomans, but the Ottomans, and their Shiekhs and soldiers always kept the Alawis in the mountain, and surrounding areas.

Remember the Alawis used to rebel almost 12 months out of the year in that area against the Ottomans.

The Sunnis live where the castle is in Tartus. Some of them made houses within the walls of the castle itself, which is located on the strip facing the sea. Today, The Sunnis live in 2 neighborhoods, knowing their attitude about living in areas with Alawis.

The area around Tartus is mostly Alawis, Christians and the few Ismailis. Sunnis exist in nearby Banyas and the few villages next to the big Castle, like al-Bayda.

Sunnis are less than Christians in numbers in Tartus.

Sunnis migrated from interior Syria to Lattakia and not to Tartus, or Banyas or Jableh (the four coastal cites), so the number of Sunnis there remained small, where the Alawis just moved into Tartus.

Tartus was a Sunni town in the 16, 17, 18, 19 and 60/70 years of the 20th C. Before that it had Alawi periods with the Tanukhis and Bani Ammar. Tartus was super important during Crusade days, of course under the hands of the Crusades.

July 24th, 2013, 9:45 am


zoo said:

Containing the Fire in Syria
By Ryan Crocker

The awful conflict in Syria grinds on, with more than 100,000 dead and no end in sight. The calls to “do something” – anything – become louder: arm the rebels, enforce a no-fly zone, send in the Marines. Before the United States acts, Americans should reflect on the realities in Syria in a historical context. Here are some relevant dates and events.

Syria, February 1982: The Assad regime corners the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood in Hama, the country’s fourth largest city.
Lebanon, summer 1982: The Israelis invade Lebanon with twin targets – the Palestine Liberation Organization who control the south and the Syrian Army in Beirut and the Biqa’ Valley.

Lebanon/Syria, June 2000: Israeli forces withdraw from Lebanon under intense pressure from Hezbollah, backed by Syria and Iran.

Iraq, March 2007: I arrive as ambassador and find a situation eerily similar to the one I survived in Lebanon a quarter of a century before.

So this current fight didn’t start in the southern Syrian city of Dara’a in 2011. Nor is it part of the so-called Arab Spring. It began decades before. Lebanese, Palestinians, Iranians, Jordanians, Iraqis and Syrians – Sunnis, Alawis, Christians and Druze – all remember. Americans may not have ever really understood it in the first place. The history helps explain the ferocity of the fight on the part of both the regime and its opponents, and it illustrates why this regime is not like those in Egypt, Tunisia or Libya. It was ready for this war.
This will be a long war. There is little the United States can do to positively influence events in Syria. Our focus must be on preventing further spillover beyond its borders. There may come a point where exhaustion on both sides makes a political solution possible. We are nowhere near that point. And my fear is that at the end of the day, the Assad regime prevails. We must be ready for that too.

July 24th, 2013, 9:46 am


zoo said:

The embattled opposition tries to reassure itself about its old sponsors.


9:45 a.m. EDT, July 24, 2013

DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar’s new emir will keep helping Syrian rebels until President Bashar al-Assad’s rule ends, Syria’s opposition envoy to Doha said on Wednesday, seeking to dampen speculation the rich Gulf state had scaled back its role in supporting the revolt.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has not made a detailed statement of foreign policy priorities following his accession last month, and some analysts have speculated the country is rethinking its backing for Arab Spring rebellions.

July 24th, 2013, 10:04 am


Tara said:


Thx. I did not go to Iran. Someine suggested that I was there sightseeing so I played along..

July 24th, 2013, 10:31 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said
I expect the collapse of the FSA very soon.
it goes along with his numerous failing prediction.

As for Sunni and Alawi in Tartous, many Alawis who live in Damascus came from the mountain and bought properties in Tartous, you should not count them three one in Damascus, one in Tartous and one in the mountain, they all one person

July 24th, 2013, 11:04 am


ziad said:

Protesters in Cairo were shouting yesterday

ياسوري ياحمار خود مرسي و عطينا بشار

Syrian you ass take Mursi and give us Bashar

July 24th, 2013, 11:14 am


revenire said:

Gee, Majed you seem to know EVERYTHING about Syria and anyone with a contrary opinion is ALWAYS wrong. Thanks for being here to share with us.

July 24th, 2013, 11:17 am


revenire said:

Bad news for the “revolution”

Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty
Hundreds of men who took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad are defecting back to the government side, The Telegraph has learnt.

Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the “revolution” in Syria has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict and feeling that they are losing, growing numbers of rebels are signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.

At the same time, the families of retreating fighters have begun quietly moving back to government-controlled territory, seen as a safer place to live as the regime continues its intense military push against rebel-held areas.

The move is a sign of the growing confidence of the regime, which has established a so-called “ministry of reconciliation” with the task of easing the way for former opponents to return to the government side

July 24th, 2013, 12:04 pm


apple_mini said:

Was chatting with a Sunni professor about the current situation. He said the government was very concerned about the unclear or shall we say unconvincing political message last year. In other words, they were not sure whether the general population were with them.

Thanks to the self-destructive progress of the rebels and the opposition. Most importantly, SAA have proven themselves to be effective force able to achieve strategic goals. Those factors have boosted up confidence and reassured the right path in this conflict.

Currently the regime has consensus that their political message is very clear and they have support from the majority.

And we will see more defection from the rebels. Clearly only among those Syrians.

UK and France are out of the game of supplying weapons to the rebels. US became the lonely jackal. Under the agreement, US administration can only play limited role.

Lots of actions today including missiles fired from jets. Strangely some Damascenes say they cannot go to sleep without sound of shelling because they know who are doing it.

July 24th, 2013, 12:08 pm


ziad said:

Al-Sisi informed Israel of the coup three days prior

Israeli military analyst Roni Daniel revealed on Sunday that the Egyptian General Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi informed Israel of his efforts to remove President Mohamed Morsi three days before the coup.

Speaking to the Israeli TV channel 2, Daniel said that Al-Sisi asked Israel to monitor the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

He said Al-Sisi was afraid of Hamas, but his fear faded after the Israeli assurance that everything in Gaza has been under strict surveillance. Israel advised Al-Sisi to destroy the tunnels.

Daniel asserted that the military coup in Egypt is useful to Israel and it had been an “urgent demand” for Israeli and its security.

July 24th, 2013, 12:20 pm


don said:

Obama delivers weapons to Al-Qaida cannibals in Syria but not to the Egyptian military

Obama halts delivery of F-16s to Egypt, the Pentagon said on Wednesday

July 24th, 2013, 12:26 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Reverse’s Regime Hasbara Begins in 3….2…1…

I don’t usually comment on Akbar Palace, as he is here for hasbara trolling games not reasoned discourse, but I do feel the need to point out that the Muslim Brotherhood is very much an armed militia and was behind the 1982 Hama armed insurrection.


“Hasbara” works both ways. You are one of the most adept at pro-regime “hasbara”, please don’t lecture us.

Any armed insurrection, no matter which country, France, the US, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Israel, Egypt or Palestine can be put down by government forces.

But that’s not the issue motek.

The issues are:

– How did the government allow these groups to amass so many weapons? The Syrian government can’t protect her own people. Killing so many of his (assad’s) own people and non-combatants as well as destroying so many residential neighborhoods is unconscionable.

– How does the government put down these insurrections? Do they throw out the baby with the bathwater like the Assads are known for?

– What are the underlying reasons for the insurrection? Does the government stifle freedoms and economic growth like the Assads are known for?

Yes, it’s clear to this Zionist that if Israel used the methods Assad employs, Reverse would be the first to point his accusing fingers and beat his chest.

July 24th, 2013, 1:00 pm


ziad said:

Saudis’ Unprecedented Break with Washington over Egypt

…before the Egyptian military coup, the Saudis had given secret assurance to Defense Minister and Chief of the Army, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, that the Saudis along with other conservative Gulf oil states including Kuwait and UAE would guarantee financial support should the Obama Administration cut the €1 billion annual aid to Egypt’s military in retaliation for ousting their man, Morsi.[4]

On July 17, the newly-sworn-in Egyptian transitional government confirmed that it has received €6 billion in grants, loans and fuel fromSaudi Arabiaand the UAE.

Saudi Arabiaapproved €4 billion in aid to Egyptand the UAE has offered €2 billion in desperately needed support for the economy. The Saudi funds comprise a €1.5 billion central bank deposit, €1.5 billion in energy products, and €750 million in cash, Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf said. The UAE will make a €750 million grant to Egyptand a €1.5 billion loan in the form of an interest-free deposit with Egypt’s central bank. [5]

The news is a double slap-in-the-face to Washington who had insisted that Morsi’s government buckle under to harsh IMF conditionalities as precondition for financial help.

Qatar reacts dramatically

Conspicuously, one Gulf energy-rich state absent from the aid is Qatar whose Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani had poured more than €6 billion in Egypt since the revolution two-and-a-half years ago and perhaps another €7 billion to bankroll Islamists in Libya, Syria and Gaza, the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Qataris home to the US Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the CombinedAirOperationsCenter. And, most notably, until the Saudi and UAE-backed military coup against Brotherhood rule in Egypt on July 3, Qatar was home to leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of its major financial backers in Syria, Egypt, Libya, and across the Islamic world. [6]

July 24th, 2013, 1:03 pm


don said:

Dempsey Offers Menu, Prices, Caveats, Syrian Regime Change A-La-Carte

After committing a half dozen acts of war across the Middle East in recent years, we’re now treated to the absurd spectacle of an American general warning us of the dangers of committing an act of war. On Monday, U.S. General Martin Dempsey starkly outlined options for military action in Syria in a letter to the Senate, ruefully adding a few caveats about costs and collateral damage that triggered some chest-thumping histrionics in the Senate. Dempsey’s menu of warmongering druthers included training and advising the opposition (the term ‘nonlethal’ is always excitedly appended to advisory activities); conducting limited missile strikes; establishing a no-fly zone; creating buffer zones; and controlling chemical weapons. These additional options come even as Congress approves arms shipments to Syrian ‘rebels’.

Importantly, though, Dempsey did emphasize that the use of force in any form would be “no less than an act of war”. This may appear to be a given, but it is not within the Washington bubble, hence the need to overstate the obvious. Outraged by this show of good sense, senior Senator John McCain threatened to block General Dempsey’s re-election as America’s top military appointment. McCain has been clamoring for a ‘no-fly zone’ for months, and finds the General insufficiently hostile to Syrian sovereignty. This is itself absurd, since Dempsey had just laid out five ‘acts of war’ for the White House to consider. While the various approaches appear quite different prima facie, they share a common objective—the end of the Bashar al-Assad government. As employed in Libya, a nominal no-fly zone bears little distinction from Dempsey’s “stand-off strikes,” the former providing rhetorical cover for a brutal aerial assault on a country’s military infrastructure, usefully evading Congressional interference and erecting a posture of last-resort humanitarian action.

Much to McCain’s continuing chagrin, Dempsey also usefully detailed some of the exorbitant costs of any of these actions, including the eye-popping $500 million upfront costs for a no-fly zone, followed by a mere billion dollars a month for maintenance. Controlling chemical weapons would run a billion a month, too. (Training unhinged Islamic jihadists came in comparatively cheaper, at just $500 million a year.) After laying out these costs, Dempsey couldn’t resist noting with dutiful trepidation that these expenditures arise even as we “lose readiness due to budget cuts and fiscal uncertainty”. This must have caused some discomfiture even among the most stalwart deficit hawks.

Dempsey also performed the tiresome hand-wringing pantomime, noting grave concerns that weapons or intelligence could fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda affiliates (such as those we are backing), as well as reminding us how heavily these decisions weigh upon our noble civilian leaders. (Perhaps we are meant to conjure Obama’s discerning visage, a gentle Caesarean wreath of laurels cresting his pate.) Any of the items on the a-la-carte menu, Dempsey noted, might produce “retaliatory attacks” and “collateral damage”, might inadvertently create “operational zones for extremists” or “unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control,” among a number of other regrettable forms of chaos. One has to wonder whether Dempsey is late arriving to the Syrian conflict, considering it is common knowledge that arming extremist is the cornerstone of our Syrian strategy, or that it is quite possible that the extremists in our employ have already deployed chemical weapons in service to their discredited rebellion. Perhaps Dempsey ought to look back to Libya again for a better sense of what “unintended consequences” really entail—namely, destabilizing delicately balanced communities inside neighboring nations (see Mali) and the indiscriminate diffusion of both weaponry and stateless jihad across the region. It might also behoove McCain to ponder the internal effect of the Libyan no-fly zone, which precipitated not only the aforementioned regional phenomenon, but also left Libya itself reduced to a confection of simmering sectarian strongholds with a cowering and nominally federated government in Tripoli. The only question that remains is whether these consequences are “unintended” or not.

July 24th, 2013, 1:21 pm


don said:

Hezbollah and FPM need to shore up Christian and Shia unity in Lebanon: Syria in Sight

Gulf and Western powers easily sacrificed the Christians of Iraq and clearly the same powers care little about the Alawites, Christians and the Shia minority in Syria which face Takfiri persecution and daily massacres. It is therefore incumbent on General Michel Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) to maintain a firm relationship with Hezbollah. The FPM is mainly supported by Christians while Hezbollah is a powerful force within the Shia community. If the FPM and Hezbollah are hoodwinked by outside forces which seek to cause divisions, then both communities will suffer in the long-term given the shifting sands being backed by Gulf powers throughout the Levant.

The Coptic Christians in Egypt were sidelined because America only cares about Camp David and protecting Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey at all costs throughout the Middle East. When the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt began to focus on taking over the political apparatus and espoused sectarian thinking towards the minority Christian and Shia communities, then like usual Washington wasn’t concerned. Not surprisingly, while the Obama administration is worried about the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, little is said about the brutal murders of Christians by supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Indeed, while powerful Gulf nations are free to spread militant Salafi Islam throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia; it is abundantly clear that not one single non-Muslim place of worship is allowed in Saudi Arabia and apostates face death. This reality highlights the demise of Christianity within major Western nations and that secular governments care little when it comes to religious freedom. Therefore, the Christians of Lebanon should realize that they will be abandoned abroad at the drop of a hat because just like their co-religionists in Syria they are expendable. After all, when al-Qaeda affiliates and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are involved in destroying Christian churches, kidnapping Christian bishops, cleansing Christians and other minorities like the Alawites and Shia; then this means little in America, France and the United Kingdom because Gulf nations are allowed to fund Takfiris and al-Qaeda affiliates openly. Of course, elites in Ankara, London, Paris and Washington are also involved in many terrorist and sectarian ratlines.

Aoun commented about the kidnap of two Christian bishops by FSA Islamists in Syria by stating that

“These acts do not represent in any way a struggle for freedom, but rather terrorist acts committed by hate-filled, malicious terrorists who feed on the blood of innocents and the lives of civilians … while attempts to justify this terrorism under the pretext of seeking to oust the regime have become ridiculous and pathetic.”

Gulf and Western powers also want to weaken the Christians of Lebanon by sowing internal dissent and undermining the FPM because Aoun refuses to be bought. Similarly, the European Union is being forced to put more pressure on Hezbollah because of the whims of America, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This is based on utilizing anti-Hezbollah rhetoric throughout many media channels and by powerful think tanks espousing propaganda for their political backers. Therefore, the terrorist attack in Bulgaria appears to have been “a hatchet job” in order to lay the foundation of undermining Hezbollah.

Media agencies are powerful tools in the wrong hands therefore labeling Hezbollah to be sectarian and militant needs to be questioned. Hezbollah fighters in Syria are helping border communities against Takfiri fanatics and a plethora of Sunni sectarian forces which also have no qualms in killing Sunni Muslim clerics. In the last 12 months in Syria several Sunni Muslim clerics have been killed for either supporting the Syrian government or for seeking accommodation with other minority groups. Therefore, when Hezbollah helped to retake a border district between Lebanon and Syria the Christians once more began to rebuild their church which was defiled by Gulf and Western backed terrorists. However, the real reality on the ground is ignored because it doesn’t suit the agenda of powerful Gulf and Western nations.

In Syria it is Takfiri Islamists and a plethora of sectarian terrorist groups which are involved in beheading minorities, brutally killing captured Syrian soldiers, committing atrocities against civilians based on religious and political affiliation and setting off car bombs throughout this nation. Hezbollah, on the other hand, is fighting alongside the Syrian armed forces in parts of Syria irrespective if the soldiers are Alawite, Christian, Shia or Sunni. This isn’t surprising because Hezbollah supports the Palestinian cause and it is abundantly clear that the majority of Palestinians are Sunni Muslim. Therefore, the mass propaganda angle against Hezbollah is easily dismantled because this movement is resisting the hegemonic dreams of major Western powers, Gulf nations and the state of Israel.

July 24th, 2013, 1:27 pm


don said:

Abandoning the region, America’s created chaos: Libya, Egypt, Syria, and a nuclear arms race

“Saudi Arabia has arranged to have available for its use two Pakistani nuclear bombs or guided missile warheads, Debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reveal.”

But that’s assuming that the chaos that is today’s Middle East is just the detritus of clumsy American policy confusion. Over the years I have suggested that the US (not just Bush/Obama) is working a from a “me-first, me-only” self-interest script. Having failed to defeat very inferior enemies in two wars; with shale oil turning up all over the world: its just not worth investing the resources (and risking a third failure of arms!) to fix that which America is continuing to destroy. The appearance of “what is seen in the region as an ineffectual Washington” is, therefore, not the result of naïveté or chance. In America’s haste to escape its policy-makers are improvising without calculating, or caring about the impact.

If the US is content to abandon its traditional allies, default on its own commitments and guarantees under its military Memoranda of Agreement with the Saudis (1951) and Israel (1952) then the sooner it slinks away the better for all. To continue the charade of engaged “superpower” serves only to muddy the waters. Iraq, Libya, Egypt are each in its way in a state of collapse and little can be done to reverse that. Syria, the one country where an early American intervention might have saved lives is beyond salvaging. America’s Gospel of Democracy may sell on the home front but, as seen in the region, it is but a fig leaf hardly covering its tiny fig. In fact, as demonstrated in the headlines above, the US is already being ignored by all of its prior “allies.” Israel and Egypt allied in fighting Islamist terrorism; the Saudis and Gulf Emirates funding the Egyptian military, arming Syrian rebels. Both openly defiant of American demands.

July 24th, 2013, 1:52 pm


don said:

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood head reported to have fled to Libya

Locally-based social networking sites have said that Badie, with the help of members of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, managed to enter the country last night through the main border post at Musaid. RPG missiles were apparently used to destroy the post.

A warrant was issued in Egypt for Badie’s arrest on 10 July, accusing him of inciting the killing of protestors during the country’s recent events.

July 24th, 2013, 2:52 pm


Uzair8 said:

Youtube video uploaded on 24 July. About 4 minutes long. Perhaps from the Shaykh’s recent visit to the UK.

Misconceptions: Syrian Uprising | Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi | 06/07/2013

Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi talks about the battle for Homs in Syria, and clears some misconceptions about the uprising against the Assad regime.

July 24th, 2013, 3:10 pm


Uzair8 said:

From Yalla Souriya about 10 minutes ago:

1 Ibrahim Amin, editor of pro-Hezbollah rag, Al-Akhbar: “Europe’s declaration of war against the resistance means that any European presence
2 … in our countries and region is an unwelcome presence. It means that Europe must act, from now on, as though it is operating in …
3 … hostile terrain.”
4. “Someone in EU officialdom will soon find himself having to justify to people there the truth about the losses that Europe will suffer…

July 24th, 2013, 3:37 pm


Uzair8 said:

From Yalla Souriya about 15 minutes ago:

General Idriss says Islamic State of Iraq and Syria works for the regime and is the work of the regime’s intelligence. Al Arabiya

July 24th, 2013, 3:39 pm


Uzair8 said:

Press Tv seems to be upgrading it’s guest list. Joining the big league…

July 24th, 2013, 3:51 pm


amal said:

57. Uzair8 said:

Press Tv seems to be upgrading it’s guest list. Joining the big league…

UZAIR8 from Israel, big league or not, are you denying the fact that the Israeli apartheid regime is the primary beneficiary of this war in Syria?!

July 24th, 2013, 4:09 pm


amal said:

56. Uzair8 said:

From Yalla Souriya

This blog should be unmasked and more properly named “Yalla Israel’s Obedient Slaves”

July 24th, 2013, 4:20 pm


amal said:

56. Uzair8 said:

General Idriss says Islamic State of Iraq and Syria works for the regime and is the work of the regime’s intelligence. Al Arabiya

Al Arabiya said that?! How convenient! You sure know how to pick and choose your sources! 😀

Then how come REUTERS told us Kamal Hamami a member of the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council, known by his nom de guerre Abu Bassel al-Ladkani, was meeting with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the port city of Latakia
to discuss battle plans?!

A flimsy and mediocre piece of Israeli garbage propaganda 😀

July 24th, 2013, 5:09 pm


ziad said:

Pics of one of the buses hit by rebels in a massacre of passengers yesterday in Aleppo (Zietouni Tours bus)

July 24th, 2013, 6:20 pm


ziad said:

The Truth About War and Terrorism

July 24th, 2013, 6:25 pm


ziad said:

Rand Paul slams Obama’s plans for military involvement in Syria

July 24th, 2013, 6:32 pm


zoo said:

After Hitto, Al Khateeb, now Jarba hiding behind Michel Kilo meets Kerry

Kerry to meet Syrian rebel leaders at U.N.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with the new leader of the Syrian opposition at the U.N. this week, as U.S. plans to boost military aid to the rebels gain steam.

Kerry will meet newly-elected Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Jarba on Thursday afternoon at the United Nations in New York, on the sidelines of a Security Council meeting.

“The secretary plans to meet with… president Jarba and other members of the coalition, including Michel Kilo and Burhan Ghalioun,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

“They will discuss the current situation in Syria, how to support a process of political dialogue and the Geneva conference, and ways to bolster our assistance to local communities.”

It will be Kerry’s first meeting with Jarba since he was elected head of the Syrian National Coalition on July 6.

July 24th, 2013, 6:45 pm


Ghufran said:

Clear and strong words from nasrallah directed mostly at his internal enemies:
نصر الله للأوروبيين: هذا القرار “بلوا وأشربوا ميتو” .. قراركم يعني شراكة في أي عدوان.. ولن تجنوا منه سوى الخيبة .. لا اموال في البنوك الاوروبية ولا نصيّف في اوروبا .. لن يستطيع احد توظيف القرار الاوروبي في الداخل وحكومة دون حزب الله لن تتشكل

July 24th, 2013, 7:04 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Nasrallah was absurd in his speech, since his decision to fight along with Assad the criminal, he committed political suicide, today he said HA has no money in europe, that is a big lie, he is using Aoun tayyar for his financial business, this will be monitored, Aoun may drop him at any time.
This decision to designate HA as terrorist organization has alarmed Miqati,Miqati will be effected by such decision too.
Lebanon will be left without a goverment

July 24th, 2013, 8:03 pm


revenire said:

Majed can you possibly get any more dramatic? Can your statements be even more sweeping? The fate of Hezbollah has been decided here at Syria Comment!

How ridiculous.

PS – When are the millions of Egyptian volunteers arriving to fight Syria?

July 24th, 2013, 8:08 pm


ziad said:

Egyptian protesters were shouting yesterday

يا سوري ياحمار خود مرسي وعطينا بشار

O Syrian humar (ass) take Mursi and give us Bashar.

July 24th, 2013, 8:22 pm


ziad said:

Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds

Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests.

At almost £371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity.

When they donated last year, atheists averaged £116, The Times reported (£).

The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of £270 per person.

Roman Catholics averaged just over £178, Christians just under £178 and Protestants £202.

July 24th, 2013, 8:49 pm


Sami said:

“Egyptian protesters were shouting yesterday

يا سوري ياحمار خود مرسي وعطينا بشار”

Was this yesterday as in the 13th of March as this commentator claimed?

الاسم سوري
الدولة سوريا
اجمل تعليق لليوم يقوله اهل مصر ( ياالشعب السوري ياحمار خود مرسي واعطينا بشار ) فعلا نحن بنستاهل حدا متل الاخوان او طالبان حتى نرجع متل افغانستان


Or May 26th as this Facebook page claims?

South Lebanon – جنوب لبنان · 13,071 like this
May 26 at 3:33pm ·
في مصر يقولون:يا شعب السوري ياحمار خود مرسي و عطينا بشار

Or is it just plain made up since there is actually no footage or a single Egyptian source that is claiming this made up chant?

It would be nice to see your source for this “claim”…

July 24th, 2013, 9:26 pm


Ghufran said:

Zebari on Syria ( The Independent):

Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said with a united army in control of Damascus and the major Syrian cities, Assad “will survive for the foreseeable future”. Mr Zebari, pictured below, is one of the few leaders to be in touch with all parties in the Syrian civil war, including the government and various factions of the opposition, along with their foreign backers.
He was scornful of recent speculation about the possibility of a military coup in Damascus displacing Assad. He said “the idea of the army moving is a recent invention”, adding that it reminded him of abortive attempts by the CIA to organise the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, but that “this kind of regime is coup-proof”. Prime Minister David Cameron gave the impression in a recent speech that he thought that the Syrian army and security apparatus might be encouraged to move against the regime. 
Mr Zebari said he believes that the stalemate on the ground would not be broken even if the government or the rebels captured a few towns. “I saw lots of people but it is very depressing,” he said of recent meetings in the Middle East and Europe with all those involved in Syria, adding: “Nobody has any idea how to help.”
The Gulf monarchies are supplying advanced weapons to the rebels and the US and the Europeans “are conducting some covert operations in Syria and helping the Syrian opposition”. But he is convinced this will not really change the balance of forces on the ground which would only happen in the event of full-scale foreign intervention amounting to all-out war against the regime. He is equally convinced that there is no political will to do this and Mr Assad, Iran and Russia are fully aware of this.
Mr Zebari points out that when the US and Russia agreed to try to bring the Syrian government and opposition together at Geneva, the US effectively accepted that Mr Assad would be there: “When [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov and [US Secretary of State John] Kerry agreed on Geneva II it meant that Assad would stay in power until 2014 or until he finishes his term.” Syrian ministers visiting Baghdad made it clear that removing Mr Assad as head of state or army commander-in-chief was a red line for Syria.
Mr Zebari believes it unlikely that the oft-postponed Geneva II conference will take place at all and says that a conference on the sidelines of a UN meeting would not be taken seriously. The opposition still hopes that if it hangs on long enough there will be international intervention to overthrow Mr Assad along the lines of Nato military intervention in Libya in 2011. Mr Zebari said he has always told opposition leaders this is a pipedream.
He said that there is such a strong appetite internationally to do something to de-escalate the conflict that a renewed ceasefire arrangement might work. “They [foreign players] will go for anything to calm the situation.” But Mr Zebari said that such a  ceasefire would require heavy involvement by the UN and international peacekeepers.

July 24th, 2013, 9:33 pm


revenire said:

Sami we’ve heard the chant before.

July 24th, 2013, 10:07 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Ziad found another article showing American freedom of speech NewZ

Ziad’s post includes an article from RT (Russia Today):

“Rand Paul slams Obama’s plans for military involvement in Syria”


Even though Obama has no “plan for military involvment in Syria”, tell us, who within Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are “slamming” these governments for their involvement in Syria? (As if “plans” were all they were guilty of.)

Maybe you can find us an article.

July 24th, 2013, 10:15 pm


revenire said:

Is Akbar Palace ever right about anything?

Obama to move forward with plan to arm Syrian rebels
By Brianna Kielar, Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen, CNN
updated 6:56 AM EDT, Wed July 24, 2013

July 24th, 2013, 10:47 pm


zoo said:

Erdogan’s government is qualified as dictatorial and the counter-rallies organized by the AKP as a Nazi Germany reminiscence. Gezi will stay in Ergodan’s throat for a long time

Penn, Sarandon and intellectuals condemn Gezi crackdown in letter addressed to Turkish PM

The signatories, who described the Turkish government as “a dictatorial rule,” slammed Erdoğan’s uncompromising stance regarding the protesters’ demands. Erdoğan’s orders “led to the deaths of five innocent youths,” the letter said, adding that he might be called to render account to the European Court of Human Rights for the police’s violence.

They also likened the counter-rallies organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as a response to the protests with the annual Nuremberg rallies organized by the German Nazis.

“Only days after clearing Taksim Square and Gezi Park relying on untold brutal force, you held a meeting in Istanbul, reminiscent of the Nuremberg Rally, with total disregard for the five dead whose only crime was to oppose your dictatorial rule,” the letter said, emphasizing that more journalists were imprisoned in Turkey than in Iran and China combined.

“Moreover, you described these protesters as tramps, looters and hooligans, even alleging they were foreign-led terrorists. Whereas, in reality, they were nothing but youngsters wanting Turkey to remain a Secular Republic as designed by its founder Kemal Atatürk,” the letter added.

July 24th, 2013, 10:48 pm


Ghufran said:

Egypt :
الخميس 16 رمضان 1434هـ – 25 يوليو 2013م KSA 00:44 – GMT 21:44مطالبنا الجمعة 17 رمضان: 1- حل جماعة الاخوان وتجريم نشاطاتها 2- منع وجود احزاب دينية وطائفية 3-تقديم مرسى وعصابته للمحاكمة 4- تجريم قاطع وواضخ لاستخدام دور العبادة فى السياسة والانتخابات 5المطالبة بدولة مدنية حديثة ودستور مدنى يفصل بين الدين والحكم 6-حمع السلاح من الشارع واخذ اجراءات صارمة ضد حامليه 7-مؤازرة الجيش فى معركته لفرض السيادة المصرية فى سيناء 8-المطالبة بتعديل كامب ديفيد لضمان امن مصر وسيناء #
Where are those hypocrites who still think that this is a Shia- Sunni war?

July 24th, 2013, 10:52 pm


ziad said:

AKBAR PALACE #74 said:

”Even though Obama has no “plan for military involvement in Syria”, tell us, who within Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are “slamming” these governments for their involvement in Syria? (As if “plans” were all they were guilty of.)”

As always you base your argument on a non existing parity. There is no parity between the involvement of US/EU/Israel and Russia/Iran/Hezbollah. Syria, as a sovereign country, has every right to defend itself from all aggressors. Russia is selling weapons to Syria, and there exists a defense agreement between Syria/Iran/Hezbollah. On the other hand FUKUS are supporting and arming terrorists for the sole purpose to destroy Syria. They are doing it against their own self interest but being pushed to it by Zionist on behalf of Israel.

Obama as well as 83% of the American people are war weary and don’t want the US to plunge into another ME war on a credit card that already passed its credit limit. Zionists and few other mad dogs like McCain would love the US to attack Syria irrespective of the cost or the after effects. But Obama must play politics and will supply arms to the terrorists. That is how serious wars start.

Ron Paul had every right to slam Obama. Here is what said:

“Even if you believe we should arm Islamic fighters in Syria, shouldn’t, at the very least, Congress vote on the matter?” Paul asked of the crowd. “The Constitution is very clear. Congress is to declare war, not the President.”

“Nevertheless, President Obama is moving ahead with plans to get involved in the Syrian civil war, without the authorization of Congress,”

“Last week I was told by the administration, you know what their goal is in Syria? To fight to a stalemate,” Paul said on Monday. “I’ve told them I’m not sending my kids or your kids or any American soldiers to fight for stalemate. When we fight, we fight to win, we fight for American principles, we fight for the American flag and we come home after we win.”

“For our country’s sake, certainly for our soldiers’ sake — for the sake of every veteran who ever donned a uniform and fought for this country — America’s mission should always be to keep the peace, not police the world,”

I, as an American, agree with Ron Paul 1000%. I do not want my fellow Americans to die in, and my grand children to pay back the borrowed cost of yet another proxy war for Israel.

Yesterday the EU placed Hezbollah arms wing on the terrorist list. Their reason is that they fought in Syria alongside the SAA. Their cynicism breaks all records. While Hezbollah is on the list, the true terrorist head cutters, executioners, ethnic cleansers of Jabhat al Nusrah is not.

July 25th, 2013, 12:10 am


majedkhaldoun said:

General Sisi made a speech, he was dressed in military uniform, he reminds me with Muammar Qaddafi, and he talked like Muammar

July 25th, 2013, 1:15 am


ghufran said:

71 percent of Egyptians voiced their disapproval of the Brotherhood-led protests which have been taking place for three weeks, according to a poll conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).
Baseera’s July opinion poll found that 20 percent of those polled were in support of the pro-Morsi demonstrations, while 9 percent remained uncertain about how to view the matter.
The report stated that residents of urban governorates seem less sympathetic to the pro-Morsi protests than those of rural areas. Urban residents polled at 17 percent approval, 77 percent disapproval, whereas the numbers were 21 and 67 percent, respectively, for rural residents.

July 25th, 2013, 1:42 am


don said:

Let’s keep Syria’s blood off America’s hands

Congress should join the 70% of Americans who oppose arming Syrian rebels, an act that will come back to haunt us.

Congress can still join with the 70% of Americans who oppose arming Syria rebels and heed former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s caution against arming the rebels (he called the Obama Administration’s decision to do so “a mess in the making”). Let’s hope they do.

Arming one side of Syria’s multi-sided and bloody civil war will come back to haunt us. Past decisions by the U.S. to arm insurgencies in Libya, Angola, Central America and Afghanistan helped sustain brutal conflicts in those regions for decades. In the case of Afghanistan, arming the mujahideen in the 1980’s created the instability that emboldened extreme militant groups and gave rise to the Taliban, which ultimately created an environment for al Qaeda to thrive.

There is no unified command or control in the Syrian opposition, as was the case of the Afghan mujaheddin. And due to the United States’ long history of diplomatically isolating Syria, we know even less about the nature of Syria’s opposition. The excuse that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is often invoked to justify anti-Assad forces. This short-sighted excuse has gained the U.S. enemies around the world, undermining U.S. national security. The same justification was used by the Bush Administration in its collaboration with the Assad regime to torture suspected militants in Syria. Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn’t made the U.S. more friends, it has made the U.S. more enemies.

That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed. Arming one side in Syria’s vicious civil war undermines diplomatic opportunities and will inevitably harden the resolve of the Assad regime and the rebels to fight it out to the last Syrian. Some armed opposition factions, including powerful Islamist coalitions, reject negotiation altogether. Yet these are the same groups that will likely seize control of U.S.-supplied weapons, just as they’ve already seized control of the bulk of the rebels’ weaponry.

Though the Intelligence Committees have signed off on further militarizing the conflict with U.S. arms, Congress still controls the purse strings. Members of Congress should support the bipartisan legislation led by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in the Senate and Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) in the House that would block military aid to Syria.

July 25th, 2013, 2:39 am


don said:

U.S. about to use military force in Syria – A catastrophic mistake

Damascus Countdown author

(Washington, D.C.) — The countdown to U.S. intervention in the mess in Damascus appears to be nearing the zero hour.

The Obama administration is actively considering using military force to bring down the Assad regime in Syria. Specifically, the White House and Pentagon are analyzing the idea of running a 24/7 “no-fly zone” over Syria, as well as training and arming rebel forces to defeat the Assad forces. But the costs would be high — upwards of $1 billion a month — and might not even be successful.

In my view, active U.S. military involvement in Syria would be a catastrophic mistake. I feel terrible for the bloodshed and carnage going on inside Syria. But tragically I see very little that the West can do to actually make the situation better.

Who exactly would we arm and assist? We’re talking about a civil war that is pitting Shia radicals (Assad’s regime, Iran and Hezbollah) against ”the rebels,” most of whom are Sunni radicals (including al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood forces). I don’t want any of them to win. Are there small numbers of rebels who might be better if they could really come to power? Perhaps. But the fact is they have very limited chances of getting to the top of the greasy pole. Indeed, if the wrong people seize control of Syria, the situation for the Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the West could actually become much worse.

We can and should help with humanitarian relief. We can and should show mercy to those fleeing for their lives. We can and should help the persecuted Christians, and pray actively and consistently for peace and stability. But I don’t think the U.S. government or any Western power should stick its hand into that hornet’s nest.

July 25th, 2013, 2:50 am


don said:

Polish journalist taken hostage in Syria

Polish photojournalist Marcin Suder has been kidnapped by Islamist militants in north west Syria, say opposition activists

Suder, who works for the Studio Melon photo agency based in Warsaw, was abducted in a raid by armed Islamists on an opposition media office in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, Idlib province, Reuters reports.

Computers and money were stolen in the raid in what could be part of conflict between opposition groups.

Eye witnesses said that foreigners were among the armed men who stormed the opposition media office.,Polish-journalist-taken-hostage-in-Syria

July 25th, 2013, 3:02 am


don said:

Syrian rebels kill woman in attack on civilian convoy, activists say

One woman was killed and 19 people were wounded, some critically, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad monitoring group based in Britain.

The hardline Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham uploaded video footage of the attack onto YouTube on Tuesday. It shows rebels firing artillery and mortars from a barren hillside and several trucks on fire. There is no return fire from the convoy of around 30 vehicles on the road between Salamiyeh, east of the central city of Homs, and Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

July 25th, 2013, 3:07 am


don said:

Russia says US drive to arm Syria rebels hurts chances for peace

“If our American partners are now focusing on arming the opposition and are sharing plans… to strike Syrian government positions, then this, of course, runs against agreements to hold a conference,” he said.

“That goes against our joint initiative.”

July 25th, 2013, 3:09 am


don said:

Syria’s Graphic Beheading Videos

welcome to the “distraction” tactic being exploited by the many elements trying to minimize the atrocities being committed by the jihadis—also known as the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA)—in Syria. Supporters of these jihadis exploit the fact that, in a time of war, as currently in Syria, news is not always reliable. They also claim that any news that portrays the Syrian government as the “good guys”—such as nonstop videos of the FSA committing atrocities—is just pro-Assad propaganda, that cannot be trusted (they never seem to see the flipside to this logic, that Western media can be disseminating false anti-Assad propaganda).

Thus, let’s not focus too much on the exact particulars—for indeed, exact information is not always clear—and rather acknowledge the big picture: namely that beheadings have become very common in Syria, even if we don’t always know the identities of those beheaded. But we do know who are doing the beheadings: al-Qaeda linked jihadis who are trying to transform Syria into a Sharia-ruling emirate.

Consider the video which some are now saying was not Fr. Murad—who was only shot (whew!) Whoever the men being beheaded are, what you are witnessing is the true face of the Syria “rebellion”—jihadis, most of them obviously foreigners. The ring leader appears perhaps Chechnyan, and can hardly speak proper Arabic (but one of the few phrases that he utters that is understandable is “we are enforcing the rules of Allah”). The bound men are then beheaded to wild cries of “Allahu Akbar!”

To appreciate the frequency of such beheadings, do a quick YouTube search with words like “Syria” and “beheadings,” and you will see any number of graphic videos of Syrians being beheaded by U.S.-backed jihadis. These are the videos that have still not been identified and removed by YouTube, but which likely soon will. Before them, there were many others that are now gone.

Among some of the ones currently up, are:

* A video of reportedly a Syrian policeman, having his head sliced off, to screams of Allahu Akbar; his head is then picked up and chucked to the ground.
* A video of reportedly a Muslim apostate to Christianity, either in Tunisia or Syria, also having his head sheared off to screams of Allahu Akbar.
* A video of a child, prodded by the Free Syrian Army, cutting the heads off of Syrian men for apparently being loyal to the Assad government.
* A video of the FSA making another child hack a man’s head off—again, to cries of Allahu Akbar.
* A video of the FSA tormenting and humiliating an obviously mentally-handicapped man, torturing another man, and at the very end beheading a third man—to cries of Allahu Akbar.

While strictly not a beheading video, let’s also not forget the video of an FSA fighter cutting out and biting into the heart of a dead soldier—the same video Russian president Putin rightly shamed the pr0-FSA West with. Before biting into the organs of his foe, the cannibalistic jihadi declares, “I swear to Allah, soldiers of Bashar, you dogs—we will eat your heart and livers! Allahu Akbar!”

So what’s to be learned by all this savage carnage, beheadings, cannibalism and what not? Those who wish to distract will insist that we cannot be sure of all the facts and circumstances—the identity of the executioners, the identity of the victims, the exact context, etc. They will nitpick and lose sight of the big picture. Hence the debate on whether Fr. Murad was beheaded or shot (incidentally, here’s a video of a man executed by jihadis in Syria by gunfire—again, to screams of “Allahu Akbar”; it’s not a whole lot better than the beheadings).

This speaks volumes, or at least it should. Even Muslims raping Coptic Christian girls, as in this video.

July 25th, 2013, 3:20 am



Just to remember what it is all about, one has to always keep in mind the handy work of d-p athad , regularly cheered by and d-p lickers on this and other blogs.

July 25th, 2013, 5:26 am


Akbar Palace said:

Those “Proxy War Blues” NewZ

I, as an American, agree with Ron Paul 1000%. I do not want my fellow Americans to die in, and my grand children to pay back the borrowed cost of yet another proxy war for Israel.


Glad to know you’re another Arab-American who made it out of Syria alive!

BTW, do us a favor a tell us specifically how many “fellow Americans” like us have died for this “proxy war for Israel”? Give us a number.

Meanwhile, while you’re contemplating that, give us the number of Iranians, Hezbollah and Russians in Syria today who are helping to prop-up the Great Syrian leader who has failed in every way imaginable. It is possible that your imagined Israeli Proxy War could actually be an IRANIAN proxy war? After all, Iranians and Hezbollah are killing Syrians and THEY are being killed as well. No Americans I’m aware of have been killed in Syria. I think your concerns are misplaced:

“Last June, bodies of 4 other members of the revolutionary guards who were killed in the clashes in Syria, were buried in different cities of Iran.”

July 25th, 2013, 7:39 am


zoo said:

When Jarba asked France to arm the rebels, Hollande repeated the same 2 years old advice: You’ll get no weapons if you don’t show a united front and if you don’t get rid of the Islamists extremists in your ranks.
Just like Sabra did a few months ago with no result, Jarba promises a ‘provisional’ government in a month

Syria’s opposition National Coalition will meet in Istanbul on August 3 and 4 for talks on forming a provisional government, opposition sources said Thursday.

The Coalition’s new chief, Ahmad Jarba, said this week in Paris that he hoped to be able to announce the formation of a provisional government “within a month”.

Syria’s opposition has struggled to put forward a united front during the country’s more than two years of conflict, which have killed some 100,000 people.

The last attempt at forming a provisional government, under then rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto, collapsed earlier this month when Hitto resigned after nearly four months of failed efforts.


July 25th, 2013, 8:54 am


zoo said:

#87 Thyrian hamsther

Thanks for your regular h-p’s… They are less smelly and slimy as usual. Are you on a diet?

July 25th, 2013, 8:58 am


zoo said:

Michael Weiss bitterly and reluctantly admits that Bashar’s defense strategy against the rebels is working

The Latest Syrian Sideshow: Al-Qaeda vs. the Kurds
By Michael Weiss

The latest of these really is the crowning achievement of Bashar’s long-term strategy to sow chaos and confusion among his enemies since the belligerents this time are none other than two of his former proxies: al-Qaeda and the Democratic Union of Kurdistan (PYD) or the Syrian branch of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union to be a terrorist organization.

The same strategy also impelled Assad’s decision, in July of last year, to withdraw his forces from large swaths of Syrian Kurdistan, knowing that the inheritors of the resulting security vacuum would be yet another former handmaid: the PYD. Now these ex-friends are enemies. Meanwhile, Hezbollah, the Syrian Army and Revolutionary Guard’s Shia militias burn through and ethnically cleanse Homs.

July 25th, 2013, 9:06 am


revenire said:

Zoo that’s pretty funny about Weiss – the last paragraph especially. I can’t stand that Israeli mouthpiece.

July 25th, 2013, 9:15 am


Sami said:

What is so funny about this?

One really does have to hand it to the human ferret this time. A central pillar of Assad’s strategy has been to cultivate so many competing nemeses within Syrian society that a united national opposition to destroy him could never emerge. He released al-Qaeda jihadists from Syrian prisons in 2011 because he knew that the very agents his military intelligence apparatus once dispatched into Iraq to blow up American soldiers would soon conduct suicide bombings and play at takfiri unpleasantness inside Syria – a kind of willed “blowback.” This would then give the impression that he was engaged in the very same global war on terror as the superpower he once helped terrorize. (As far as propagandistic jujitsu is concerned, this performance has lately had the sought-after discombobulating effect on U.S. policymaking toward Syria, which wasn’t all that coherent to begin with). The same strategy also impelled Assad’s decision, in July of last year, to withdraw his forces from large swaths of Syrian Kurdistan, knowing that the inheritors of the resulting security vacuum would be yet another former handmaid: the PYD. Now these ex-friends are enemies. Meanwhile, Hezbollah, the Syrian Army and Revolutionary Guard’s Shia militias burn through and ethnically cleanse Homs.

Is the Assad regime releasing Al-Qaeda dirt from jail funny or the whole ethnically cleanse Homs funnier?

This pathetic adulation for murder is disgusting, not to mention hyena like laughs at Syria being destroyed.

July 25th, 2013, 9:31 am


zoo said:

#92 Revenire

Accusing Hezbollah of ‘cleansing’ Homs is really comical coming from an fierce Israel supporter.
I see it as a furious display of his frustration as things in Syria are going in the opposite way of his predictions.

July 25th, 2013, 9:36 am


zoo said:

Egyptian Tamarod call to expel US ambassador

At a press conference for revolutionary forces Thursday, Tamarod, a grassroots campaign that gathered 22 million signatures demanding that Mohamed Morsi resign, said that it supports the military in its “war against terrorism.”

The campaign also called for protests aimed at expelling US Ambassador Anne Patterson from Egypt, to signal rejection of the policies of the United States towards Egypt after 30 June and the ouster of Morsi.

July 25th, 2013, 9:41 am


Akbar Palace said:

Zionist Sources still being Used by Muqawamistas

Zoo that’s pretty funny about Weiss – the last paragraph especially. I can’t stand that Israeli mouthpiece.


Isn’t it typical that you say all “Zionists are liers”, yet you and your cohorts use their writings and articles when it fits your agenda. Are you still using your favorite Palestinian source Ha’aretz?

“Michael Weiss is the Research Director of The Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy think tank, as well as the co-chair of its Russia Studies Centre. A native New Yorker, he has written widely on English and Russian literature, American culture, Soviet history and the Middle East.”

BTW – did Syria win the war yet?

July 25th, 2013, 9:42 am


zoo said:

France working on humanitarian access in Syria, pushing for UN resolution despite veto risk×420

Members of the Syria National Coalition, from left, Farouk Tayfour, Michel Kilo, Salem Idriss, Suheir Atassi, and Burhan Ghalioun wait for the meeting of France’s president Francois Hollande and Syria National Coallition president Ahmed al-Jarba at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

July 25th, 2013, 9:49 am


zoo said:

Car bomb kills 7, wounds 62 in Syrian capital ( Jaramana)

By ALBERT AJI, Associated Press | July 25, 2013 | Updated: July 25, 2013 8:46am

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state-run news agency says seven people have been killed and 62 wounded in a powerful car bomb explosion near Damascus.

SANA says the car bomb exploded Thursday in the suburb of Jaramana, just few kilometers (miles) southeast of Damascus.

Jaramana is an overwhelmingly pro-regime area.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-government activist organization, has confirmed the explosion and the death toll. It says the blast caused heavy material damage and started a fire.

July 25th, 2013, 9:54 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Is PKK is designated as a terrorist group just like HA?

July 25th, 2013, 9:58 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The goverment in Syria is trying hard to lower the dollar, it was 185 lira for a dollar ,but today it rose again to 225

July 25th, 2013, 10:04 am


don said:

Any word on the fate of the Israeli ambassador and the Israeli embassy in Cairo? Thanks

95. zoo said:
Egyptian Tamarod call to expel US ambassador

July 25th, 2013, 10:08 am


revenire said:

Anyone know if this is a true report?

The head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel Fattah El-Sis, is quoted as saying if the US tries to intervene in Egypt “Israel will be wiped of the map in four minutes.”

July 25th, 2013, 10:08 am


zoo said:

#99 Majed

Yes, just like Hamas and al Nusra.

July 25th, 2013, 10:09 am


don said:

Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar fired from Sabah daily

Turkish veteran journalist Yavuz Baydar was fired from the Sabah daily where he had been working for a long time, after the editorial board of the newspaper imposed cencorship on his two columns over Gezi Park protests and media-government relations APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.

Baydar, who is also a columnist for the Today’s Zaman daily, first faced cencorship when he vehemently critized government’s handling of the Gezi protests.

Upon the cencorship and mounting pressure he faces, Baydar went on a vacation. He wrote a critical piece on New York Times, revealing the deepening ties between media owners and the government at the expense of freedom of expression and editorial freedom.

Baydar argued in his op-ed article on New York Times that Turkish media owners are clearly undermining the basic principles of democracy in the country in an apparent manner. The major reason, Baydar cites, is the fact that media bosses have fears of losing lucrative business deals with the government.

Illuminating on business ties with media owners and the Turkish government from a critical perspective, Baydar asserted that this kind of relationship has negative reflections on democracy and media.

When he returned from his vacation to Turkey, Baydar sent another piece to the Sabah daily to be published. This time he reportedly wrote on how relationship between editor-in-chief and the readers’ editor should be formulated and on the significance of editorial freedom against possible external interventions.

He suggested that there should be no hierarchical relation between an editor-in-chief and a readers’ editor, in an apparent reference to Şafak’s open criticism and intervention in his column when the daily refused to publish his earlier piece.

Turkish media reported that the Sabah daily also declined to publish Baydar’s latest piece.

The newspaper finally dismissed Baydar on Tuesday.

July 25th, 2013, 10:50 am


don said:

الحلويات السورية.. تقليد وكرنفال

July 25th, 2013, 10:57 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Yes Al Nusra and HA are terrorist organizations, we dont hear much from the leader of Nusra but HA leader Hassan Nasrallah the head of HA the terrorist organization is on the news daily, and makes speeches almost weekly to remind the world with him as a terrorist and HA as terrorist organization.
Zoo you are member of HA, and as terrorist you need to watch for the FBI, they may get after you,you may have to change your name,

July 25th, 2013, 10:57 am


zoo said:


You seem to spend 90% of your time in SC trying to find out who is who. Are you a petty spy or a inquisitor ?
In any case, as all your predictions your wild guessing are always wrong
Yet, as you have openly admitted that you are an active supporter of Al Nusra and you also said you live in the USA.
I think you should watch your cell phone, it is probably already under surveillance.
The US government is without pity for Moslems americans who support Al Qaeda terrorists.

July 25th, 2013, 11:22 am


majedkhaldoun said:

You are lying
\you said
as you have openly admitted that you are an active supporter of Al Nusra
I am against alnusra, and denounced al Qaida, show me that I have been supporter of al Nusra, the point I made that when my enemies fight I feel good, that is not supportive of Nusra, I condemn Nusra. I am also against HA since they support Assad against Syrians,and glad now that they are designated as a terrorist organization, and you support HA and their terrorism, like killing Hariri and 27 other Lebanese

July 25th, 2013, 11:37 am


zoo said:


I hope you continue to find reasons to feel good and happy. Damascus is almost totally back under the control of the SAA that has regained the upper hand and Bashar al Assad is apparently going to stay in power at least until 2014.

July 25th, 2013, 11:56 am


revenire said:

Majed I wouldn’t be surprised if you have your own FBI agent assigned to your case. LOL

July 25th, 2013, 11:57 am


revenire said:

I am getting the feeling Assad will be around far into the next decade. He’s young and has real staying power.

July 25th, 2013, 11:58 am


majedkhaldoun said:

FBI has followed me several time in the last 20 years and found nothing against me,my patients told me that, and I saw their cars watching me.
As for assad will be in Syria for long time, you can dream of everything, there is no limit to one’s dream

I love it when my enemies fight like Nusra and Assad or Israel and Assad,just like you like it when Kurds and FSA fight
The fact that I criticize Shiaa a lot because they violate Quraan a lot
I accept Quraan and verified Hadith and 100% consensus among Ulamaa, 100% is not 99.9%, I am against Fatwa by one sheikh or few,I dont believe in Qyas analogous fatwa,ijtihad, Ijtihad and Qyas are not part of Islam religion, socially accepted ideas are not part of religion

Ibn Hazm and Zahiri Mazhab is not perfect but close to what I believe, But Shiaa, no way it is Kufr

July 25th, 2013, 12:26 pm


apple_mini said:

I blame the lax security for today’s explosion in Jaramana.

I recently visited the town and something strikes me. Although I admire the spirit of relaxing atmosphere there, those checkpoints lack sense of professionism.

Those terrorists have been trying to deliver all kind of havoc using all kinds of weapons in their arsenal. It has been clear every military advance by SAA trigger more desperate response from the rebels.

There are two fronts for the conflict: Protecting civilians from those gangs is one of them. Someone will be disciplined for what happened today in Jaramana.

All civilians and military should be well aware of the reality that those terrorist attack will stay long with us even fighting on battlefield is winning.

July 25th, 2013, 12:45 pm


zoo said:


You said: “Shia is Kufr”
You have repeated that more than a thousand times.
We know how much you hate Shia and want them destroyed, no need to rub it on forever…

July 25th, 2013, 12:48 pm


revenire said:

Lebanese security forces have arrested a bodyguard of the hardline Salafist Skeikh Ahmad al-Assir at Beirut airport, according to Lebanese security sources.

Ali Abdel Wahad, 30, a Palestinian national who worked as al-Assir’s personal bodyguard was detained at Rafik Hariri’s International Airport at 4:00 a.m. when he was trying to escape security guards by shaving his beard and cutting his hair.

He had booked a flight with Egypt Air to Nigeria, with a transit stop in Cairo.

His arrest comes as military Judge Saqr Saqr earlier this month ordered the arrest of dozens of suspects who were involved in clashes between supporters of Assir and Lebanese army.

Lebanese court charged 37 people including Assir with murder, illegal arms possession and other crimes.

– See more at:

July 25th, 2013, 1:04 pm


Mina said:

The “sectarian” conflict is reaching football. Watch out!

“Despite being the exclusive broadcaster of the CAF Champions League, Zamalek ‘s manger Helmi Toulan refused to talk with Al-Jazeera following Wednesday’s clash against Ahly.

The 59-year-old attributed his refusal to cooperate with the Qatari channel due to their coverage of the current situation in Egypt.

July 25th, 2013, 1:16 pm


don said:

America’s “Imperial-Left” and the Proxy War Against Syria

The Numbers Game: Myth and Reality

The CPD argues that although “the rebels have also committed atrocities”, that the “Assad regime” has been “the greatest perpetrator of violent outrages” even going so far as to imply that the “90,000 deaths and the displacement of some four million Syrians” is almost entirely the fault of the Syrian government. Did it ever occur to the CPD that in war, total casualties include civilians and combatants?
Here’s the breakdown of war casualties provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) (2) which cannot be accused of pro-government bias, as they are a pro-rebel and pro-NATO mouthpiece:

Syrian Arab Army (SAA): 24,617 (25.53%)
Pro Government Militias (NDF): 17,031 (17.66%)
Hezbollah Soldiers: 145 (0.15%)
Opposition Fighters: 16,699 (17.32%)
Civilian Non Combatants: 35,479 (36.79%)
Unaccounted Deaths: 2460 (2.55%)
Total Casualties: 96,431 (100%)

The CPD should ask itself, if the relatively more mechanised government army holds the military advantage against irregular guerrilla forces, why according to the SOHR have more soldiers on the government’s side (SAA & NDF) been killed than opposition fighters? There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, as the footage taken in the aftermath of the Hatlah massacre (7) indicates, there’s a tendency for rebel fighters to refer to the civilians they’ve massacred as “shabiha” (a pejorative term widely used by rebels to refer to pro-government militias), as such it’s quite possible that rebel fighters would report to the SOHR that the civilians they’ve massacred were “pro-government militia”. Secondly, as journalist Nir Rosen points out, when rebel fighters are killed they’re often listed as civilians:

“Every day the opposition gives a death toll, usually without any explanation of the cause of the deaths. Many of those reported killed are in fact dead opposition fighters, but the cause of their death is hidden and they are described in reports as innocent civilians killed by security forces, as if they were all merely protesting or sitting in their homes.” (3)

This ‘accounting trick’ has also been noted by Musa al-Gharbi:

“For instance, when it is stated that the majority of the victims of the conflict have been civilians, this number is achieved
by conflating the dead non-military rebel fighters with non-combatants. While militiamen technically are civilians (simply by virtue of being non-military), the connotation of civilian is “non-combatant;” i.e., a victim of the conflict who was not actively taking part in it. In fact, this connotation is cynically exploited in delivering the statistic to people in order to make the regime seem as though they are “indiscriminately slaughtering their own people.” (4)

July 25th, 2013, 1:16 pm


don said:

Why Syria Is Being Targeted

Although Syria is not a major oil producer, one explanation in particular that deserves careful consideration as to why Syria is being targeted relates to the discovery in 2007 of the world’s largest known natural gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, which was subsequently shared between Iran and Qatar. Iran then launched the PARS Pipeline project, which involved building a pipeline from the Persian Gulf, through Iraq, and ending on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

So far the pipeline has reached the outskirts of Damascus and is expected to be completed by next year. Meanwhile over the past few years the EU has been anxious to diversify its energy sources, and to this end started the Nambucco pipeline project in 2009, which would have sourced natural gas from the Caspian Sea through the Caucuses, Turkey, and the Balkans thereby reducing the EU’s dependence on Russian gas. However the Nambucco project fell through a month ago owing to various disputes, while the rival Russian South-Stream pipeline that traverses the Black Sea on its route to Europe has been a success (24).

Once both these projects are fully operational it will mean that the EU, which at present receives a quarter of its natural gas from Russia, will in the foreseeable future depend on Iran and Russia for up to 50 percent of its natural gas supplies. As a result Qatar, with its portion of the Persian Gulf’s natural gas, finds itself losing the competition for directly supplying the EU. This constitutes a major motivation explaining Qatar’s specific interest in overthrowing the Syrian government as a means of sabotaging the PARS pipeline.

July 25th, 2013, 1:48 pm


Badr said:


صالح القلاب

إن هذا النظام ليس نظام الطوائف . . . إنه نظام طائفة مصالحه وبقائه في الحكم إذْ أنَّ شبلي العيسمي أحد كبار الرموز التاريخية لحزب البعث هو آخر ضحاياه من الطائفة الدرزية وأن عبد العزيز الخيَّر هو آخر ضحاياه من الطائفة العلوية وأن مصطفى رستم آخر من إعتقلهم من الطائفة الإسماعيلية فهذا النظام لا يحرم ولا يحلل ومصلحته هي التي تملي عليه أن يقترب أو يبتعد
. من أيٍّ من هذه الطوائف
إن القول إنَّ أمن المسيحيين السوريين وأن بقاءهم في بلدهم سوريا متوقف على بقاء هذا النظام وإستمراره ليس هو مجرد كذبة وقحة فقط بل هو مؤامرة على هذه الطائفة الكريمة التي بقيت تشكل في هذا البلد العريق بتسامحه الإجتماعي والديني مكوناً سياسياً رئيسياً وهي لم تكن أقلية على الإطلاق ولم يُشَر إليها بهذه الصفة إلاَّ في هذه المرحلة حيث تقتضي مصلحة بشار الأسد ومجموعته الحاكمة التلاعب بهذه المسألة الحساسة وتصوير أنَّ كل ما يعتبرها أقليات مذهبية غدت مستهدفة وأنه لا بقاء لها إلاَّ بالإنضمام إليه
. ضد «الأكثرية» من أبناء الشعب السوري
صحيح أنَّ هناك بعض التنظيمات الإرهابية التي لابد من تكاتف كل القوى السورية المعارضة وفي مقدمتها الجيش الحر وأيضاً كل دول المنطقة للتخلص منها وحقيقة أن هذا النظام ومعه الأجهزة الأمنية الإيرانية هو المسؤول عن هذه الظاهرة وهو الذي دأب على الترويج لها لإقناع السوريين وإقناع الغرب والعرب والعالم كله أنه لا يواجه ثورة شعبية إصلاحية وإنما يواجه عصابات قتل وإرهاب وهنا فإنَّ ما بات معروفاً ومؤكداً هو أن غالبية قوى المعارضة ومن بينها «الإخوان المسلمون» ضد هذه المجموعات الوافدة من الخارج التي لا يمكن أن يكون لها أي دور ولو ثانوي في مستقبل هذا البلد المعروف
. بتسامحه وبمدنيته وحتى بعلمانيته

July 25th, 2013, 3:03 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Daily star said that designating HA as terrorist organization constitute “fertile ground for launching terrorist acts against Western diplomatic centers or patrols of the U.N. peacekeeping forces,

July 25th, 2013, 6:53 pm


Ziad said:

Is Tunisia next after Egypt?!!

BREAKING: Protesters torched al-Nahda HQs in Sidi Bouzid Governorate the cradle of the Tunisian revolution Tunisia – Reuters

Zaid Benjamin 7h

July 25th, 2013, 7:07 pm


Ilya said:

Who’s the terrorist?

Turkish soldier may face 25 years in jail for leaking ‘Reyhanlı bombing files’
A military prosecutor has demanded 25 years imprisonment for the gendarme accused of leaking secret documents on the Reyhanlı bombings-linked terrorist activities in the southern province of Hatay, bordering Syria.

Suspected gendarmerie officer Utku Kalı is being accused of “exposing and providing the state’s secret documents,” in the indictment.

Kalı was arrested on May 24 for leaking the documents, belonging to the Gendarmerie Intelligence Department, claimed that an anti-government group in Syria, al-Nusra Front, with links to al-Qaeda, was planning a car bomb attack that might occur in Turkey.

Some 53 civilians were killed in Reyhanlı on May 11.
the truth is starting to come out who is behind all these barbaric actions,you cant hide the truth!!!

July 25th, 2013, 7:11 pm


revenire said:

The West should prepare for Assad’s victory in Syria

This morning’s report that hundreds of former Syrian rebels are laying down their arms and taking up the government’s offer of an amnesty is further evidence of what I have been saying (and writing) for months: President Bashar al-Assad is winning Syria’s brutal civil war.

Ever since Assad’s forces turned the tide of the conflict by retaking the strategically important town of Qusayr on the Lebanese border earlier in the summer, there has been an almost immutable momentum building in favour of the regime gaining the upper hand in the conflict.

A combination of the deep divisions with the rebel ranks, with the Syrian Free Forces declaring war on their al-Qaeda allies (a civil war within a civil war), together with the tangible support Assad has received from his Iranian and Russian allies, means that the rebel cause is now all but lost. No wonder some of the rebels have decided they are fighting for a lost cause, and have decided it is no longer worth risking their lives.

Consequently I believe the time has now come for Western leaders to get their collective heads around the idea that Assad is going to emerge victorious from his brutal assault on his own people, with all the implications that will have for the future.

Such an outcome would weaken the global standing of Mr Cameron and President Barack Obama, who have consistently called for regime change in Damascus. And it will strengthen the influence of Iran and Russia, which have refused to bow to international pressure to abandon their support for the Assad clan. On this assessment, it is not only the rebels who are going to lose in Syria.

July 25th, 2013, 7:22 pm


Tara said:

Almost 2m people have fled the country; perhaps twice that number are uprooted and homeless within Syria itself. In total at least a quarter of the country’s people have been driven from their homes.

Every day the camp costs $500,000 to run and relies on 350 tankers trucking in water and 300 removing sewage. It is already Jordan’s fourth largest city, with bakers, dressmakers, maternity clinics and classrooms, shops and stalls. And its own shortcomings. There are many of those. Abu Alla and his four children crossed the Jordanian border with just the clothes they stood up in and now live in an empty caravan, idle and helpless. “The kitchens are six or seven kilometres away from my tent and when I get there I can hardly get enough food. I always end with few pieces of bread. We have to buy food too otherwise we will die but the problem is where do you get the money? I have not seen anyone coming here to help us,” he said.

Remarkably, there are people – tens of thousands of them – who have decided that Iraq represents a safer option than Syria. Here, the complaints that echo around the camps are the same: food is scarce, the heat unbearable, the prospects dim to non-existent.

“Our financial status is horrible since we arrived in Iraq,” said Hadiyia Ali, who lives in a camp with her four children in al-Qaim, near the Syrian border. “My husband has never been able to find a job. We can buy meat or chicken only every few months. Our daily meals are tinned cheese or tinned cream, which cost 500 Iraqi dinar [28p]. We have potato with rice for lunch or beans with rice. Dinner is tomato and cucumber. My children want better food but we can’t get it. All we have is donated to us by the clerics in the mosques and tribal leaders.”

The tales from Syria bespeak unimaginable brutality, the senseless destruction of what was, until recently, a relatively comfortable place to live, work and raise a family. Now children are butchered, or left to fester with post-traumatic stress disorder in foreign countries that do not want them. Women sit through the days with listless offspring and absent menfolk, trying to blot out the violence – often sexual – that they have left behind. Authorities complain about the enormous cost, still woefully underfunded, of looking after millions of people who suddenly have nothing.

July 25th, 2013, 7:32 pm


revenire said:

Tara I hope all those suffering find peace. My heart goes out to all those caught up in this Hellish war.

July 25th, 2013, 7:34 pm


Ilya said:

have not seen fatwa so far banning eating human flesh hmm…
The new Fatwa forbidding the eating of croissants by #Aleppo Sharia council. #FSAcrimes #Syria #Islamism #Wahhabism

July 25th, 2013, 7:55 pm


Ghufran said:

What happened in Egypt is an eye opener. The same people who voted Morsi in forced him out. If elections are held today in Egypt, Morsi’s MB party may get 20-30% of the votes, mostly from rural areas. Ironically , the same is true in Syria, that is why I believe it is better to let moderate Islamist parties enter politics instead of pushing them to work underground, however you need real checks and balances before you can get to this stage. Morsi took full advantage of the lack of those checks and balances and acted as a baathist , people did not like that and they pressured the army to take over. Syria needs a long time before real elections are held and effective institutions are built, and both Islamists and Baathists know this, and that is why Islamists in particular believe that they need to capture power now before a constitutional opposition takes hold. Syria’s near term chances for a political revival are very slim, we are at a stage where only one side can dominate or the country may need to be partitioned in a way or the other, I see no hope for a democratic power sharing arrangement for the foreseeable future.
One funny thing that keeps popping up is this claim by rebels that they need to ” change the balance of power” before they will go to Geneva 2, only few months ago the same people who are advocating this approach were bragging about how they control 70% of Syria, that seems good enough for me as a ” balance”, but the truth is that those people are not about changing the balance, they are only interested in wiping the other side out.

July 25th, 2013, 9:51 pm


Observer said:

I would argue that the militia-like aspect of the regime is not new but was actually built a long time ago by the father of the current militia leader.

It was clear that the creation of 17 security branches competing with each other, spying on each other, and checking each other is exactly similar to the mafia rule with capos of various districts.

It was clear that the creation of various pseudo state structures only meant to buttress the rule of one man and his clan was also an undermining of any civil society emerging and that is why Haitham Maleh was in prison for so long as he insisted on the rule of law.

Decades of emergency rule, a constitution whereby the three branches of government are in the hands of one person, the absence of free press and the subservience of every institution to the promotion of a security state is actually a creation of a clan based militia ruled country.

The trappings of a flag and embassies was nothing more than an attempt to confer legitimacy on the illegitimate and the abhorrent and despicable.

Moreover, the speeches and actions of the regime leader have actually corrupted people, with million or more civil servants paid poverty wages and forced to bribery to the point that the army vehicles became a source of illicit trade in tires and spare parts to the point that it was no longer a functional army as evidenced by the troops in Lebanon especially when they withdrew filled to the brim with bathroom fixtures and rail guards stolen from the houses they occupied.

As for this so called army, it cannot function without the help of HA and Iranian troops and Russian advisors. The Russians must be exhausted trying to make the thugs a semi professional institution. As for the so called lax security, what do you expect as you have unpaid guards living off stealing and asked to spend hours on end in boring and relentless duties while their masters plot dollar exchange and buying Moscow property.

Athad will stay over a rump garbage dump and he will never again have the ability to control anything but a few streets here and there.

Aleppo is out, Idlib province is out, most of Raqqa and Hasaka are out, part of Latakia is out, Daraa is out, Damascus suburbs are out, airports are closed, money is printed in Russia, oil is from Iran. But there is an iPad on which shopping virtual or real is still ongoing.

I wonder, how come shopping is possible on this meager salary? Oh I forgot, it is a militia rule with a warlord in place and lickers and worshipers in tow.

By the way, does anyone know what is the App Store Credit Card is for the retard iPad inferiority complexed pseudo modern Ray Ban wearing spouse shopping backward barbarian has?

Update available for your Apps.

Long live Dubai where my thithter can shop.

July 25th, 2013, 9:51 pm


Ghufran said:

Sounds familiar, still think this is a Shia-Sunni war?
Do you agree that most of the posts written about the Syrian war were superficial and misleading?


CAIRO — The mass shooting of Islamist protesters by security forces on Monday at a sit-in for Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president, injected new outrage into the standoff over his removal by Egypt’s top generals, darkening hopes that they might reconcile the polarizing forces that have torn at the fabric of the country.
It was by far the deadliest day of violence since the revolt that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Within a few hours around dawn, advancing soldiers and police officers killed at least 51 civilians and wounded more than 400, almost all hit by gunfire, health officials said.
Army and police spokesmen said that one soldier and two policemen had also been killed. But according to witnesses and video footage, one of the policemen appeared to have been shot by soldiers, and the military provided little evidence to back its claim that the fighting had been instigated by the Islamists.

July 25th, 2013, 10:32 pm


ziad said:

The Resistance Always Comes Out on Top

The danger Hezbollah poses above all resides in its demonstration beyond a doubt that the Arabs need not bend to Israel’s will and that ridding the region of this colonial menace is possible. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

Hezbollah’s actions do not warrant their inclusion on the EU list of terrorist organizations, even according to a large number of European politicians and human rights activists.

The European states are bothered by the resistance movement’s wide popular support and are hoping to find some way – aside from military means, which have failed – to bring Hezbollah to its knees.

They first resorted to a systematic media campaign to undermine the Resistance’s reputation, then turned to encouraging blatant sectarian incitement to demonize it and drown it in blood, only to end up criminalizing the party in the name of “international law.”

The European “democracies” have been loyal supporters of Israeli occupation and apartheid since the racist nation’s birth from the womb of Britain’s Balfour Declaration. Their blind support for Zionism is firmly rooted in their guilt over the barbaric way they treated Jews during World War II.

July 25th, 2013, 10:36 pm


ziad said:

Israel, Saudi Arabia ink deal to arm Syria militants

Israeli regime has concluded an agreement with Saudi Arabia to pave the ground to supply required weapons to foreign backed militant groups in Syria, Israeli Radio reports.

According to report, Saudi Arabia has already accepted to provide financial resources required to purchase Israeli army old weaponries to be delivered to the militant groups fighting against Syria government.
According to the agreement, it was decided that Saudi Arabia covers a fund of at least 50 million USD to enter negotiations with Israeli army over the immediate delivery of weapons.

The report cited unnamed Israeli regime security sources as saying that Israel has accepted to deliver weapons including tanks and heavy artillery, machine guns, anti-tank missiles, ammunitions, communication devices as well as light war vehicles.

The sources also added that the delivery of such equipment to the militant groups will pose no risk to Israel as all the weaponries are belonging to old generation.

According to repot, Turkey and Jordan have already announced their acceptance to transfer the weapons through their border lines to Syria.

July 25th, 2013, 10:45 pm


Ghufran said:

In my humble opinion ibn hazm and zahirites philosophy is shallow and limited but that is what many people want and understand. The problem in using the term ” Kauffar” in Islam is that it justified violence and discrimination against people who have different beliefs, that is why I am against using it in any shape or form:

Ibn Hazm, Abu Muhammad ‘Ali (994-1063)
Ibn Hazm was the originator of a school of interpretation which based its understanding of religious texts on the apparent meaning of scriptural concepts as opposed to their hidden meaning. He argued that there is a place for reason in the understanding of scripture, but that it has to be used within the context of revelation and is severely limited in terms of what it can demonstrate. His approach is based on the idea that the language and context of religious texts are sufficient for their readers to understand them, and that there is no need to use concepts such as analogy.
Abu Muhammad ‘Ali ibn Hazm was born into an important Andalusian family and went on to have a rather tumultuous political career, being imprisoned three times and banished from Cordoba on several occasions. He is best known for his writings on jurisprudence, and also for his charming Tawq al-hamama (The Dove’s Neck Ring), which deals with the concept of love. In it he analyses the concept and differentiates between divine love, which is placed at the highest level, and affection, which is the lowest. Clearly influenced by Plato’s Phaedrus and Symposium, he regards love as the coming together of otherwise incomplete beings (see Plato). Genuine love occurs when the lover sees beneath the surface of the appearance something which presents an idea of his own nature, and thus becomes strongly attracted by it. Weaker forms of affection result when the individual is limited to the form of the appearance, but perceives nothing deeper beyond it (see Love).
Ibn Hazm is the leading exponent of the Zahirite school of jurisprudence. This school adheres to the exoteric or apparent (zahir) meaning of the religious text, in accordance with the principles of grammar, the hadith (traditions) of the Prophet and the consensus (ijma’) of the community. The main opponents of this view are those Muslims who appeal to the esoteric meaning – such as the Isma’ilis, for example – because they think that one needs to look beyond the surface of the text to discover what it really means, and also the philosophers, who insist that reason is a vital means of gaining access to the meaning of scripture. This is more than a dispute about jurisprudence; it affects the understanding of the way in which texts are to be interpreted. Ibn Hazm attacks the notion that one can understand the meaning of a text by using principles such as analogy, as the Mu’tazilites do, to acquire some grasp of the nature of God. The latter argue that we can understand the sifat, the names or qualities of God, by analogy from our understanding of our own characteristics; so, for example, we can grasp what it means for God to be just if we understand what human justice is (see Ash’ariyya and Mu’tazila). According to Ibn Hazm, however, God is a unique being whose qualities cannot be grasped rationally but have to be accepted through faith. There is no objective standard of justice with which God has to concur. He could have obliged us to act in impossible ways, and set out to punish angels and reward the evil. To deny this is to anthropomorphize the concept of God, which is going beyond the nature of the language in Islam about God. The Zahirite uses reason to get an accurate view of the language of the relevant texts and the supplementary hermeneutical material, and stops there (see God, concepts of; Islamic theology).
What role does reason play, then, in Ibn Hazm’s understanding of the meaning of important concepts? Reason is important, and essential in any understanding of the facts. We have to use reason to work out what the facts of a particular situation are, but we cannot use it to identify its ethical or religious character. Within the context of revelation, reason has a role to play, but it is an essentially subsidiary role. In comprehending religious language we have to use reason to interpret the text, but we must be aware of the dangers of overelaborating and departing from the apparent meaning. Sometimes people are impressed with the ability of reason to delve into the mysteries of reality, yet all that emerges are disputes about what texts mean and what the nature of the law is. We can avoid this, according to Ibn Hazm, if we stick to the apparent meaning of the text and maintain the autonomy of God. God can do anything at all, he is absolutely free, and we are very limited in our ability to use reason to encompass him. We can use the laws of logic, Arabic grammar and the evidence of our senses, but that is all.
By the time of his death, Ibn Hazm had succeeded in establishing the Zahiri school of interpretation, which followed his particular approach to hermeneutics and which was solidly within the Asha’rite and Sunni tradition. The most distinguished follower of this form of thought was al-Ghazali, who was clearly heavily influenced by Ibn Hazm.

July 25th, 2013, 10:48 pm


ziad said:

For those who blame the SAA for shooting at mosques

Al Qaeda Levant aka Free Syrian Army FSA Use A Mosque To Launch

July 25th, 2013, 11:09 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Now that I got you to read about Ibn Hazm.
There are many things about ibn Hazm that you ought to know
He lived in the 11th century in Andalucia, he believed that Quraan tells us that earth is a globe,at his time people believed the earth is flat,based on a statement in Quraan,,يكور الليل و النهار
and the words مد و بسط mean stretch they don’t mean the earth is flat,this idea was long before anyone in europe knew that

He believe Hijab is recommended but not obligatory in Islam.He believed that many Sheikhs interpreted Quraan based on speculations,they deviated from what the words apparantly say

He believed and I agree with him that Qiyas and Ijtihad and socially accepted ideas are only apply to social decisions not part of religion,religion is Quraan and Hadith(verified)

His ancestors were christians converted to Islam, there is a street in Aleppo named after ibn Hazm

You are wrong in saying Ibn Hazm was shallow in his belief, I don’t agree with some of his statements but many people never heared of his ideas that we ought to revisit his books again.

July 25th, 2013, 11:49 pm


Sami said:

Wow reading the link posted by Ziad @134 takes the lead for today’s unadulterated load of BS of the day.

Get this according to this mysterious Israeli Radio report (I looked for the mysterious report, it must be only visible to those that can read invisible Zionist conspiracy against the rethithtath ink) not only is Saudi Arabia part of the European Union but we are lead to believe $50 Million USD can buy you tanks and heavy artillery, machine guns, anti-tank missiles, ammunitions, communication devices as well as light war vehicles.

As if Saudi Arabia would ever under pay for anything, especially weapons.

July 26th, 2013, 12:06 am


Ghufran said:

I am not a religious scholar and I will never be, my main objection to zahirites is their inflexibility and their refusal to adapt. I only endorse religion when it helps to lift the poor, educate the ignorants and free the oppressed. Most zahirites used religion to keep people hostage to beliefs that may not serve the noble goals of freedom, literacy and economic prosperity. Takfiri thinking and blind adherence to fatwas issued by militant sheikhs is a sure way to keep Muslim countries illiterate, oppressed and poor. It also occurred to me that many people like zahirites because they oppose Shia and Ismailis, in that sense zahirites are closer to the Wahhabis than Al-Azhar, and that says a lot.
The best thing the west did was to put religion in its rightful place, Islamists are political animals who never believed in democracy and freedom, that is why they bring failure and destruction to every area they control, the proof is all over the place.
Like most philosophies , zahirism is not pure evil, it is just dead wrong.

July 26th, 2013, 12:18 am


zoo said:

Asking for weapons, the SNC gets a pressure to move to Geneva II

Syrian opposition urges US to supply promised weapons quickly

Kerry stressed earlier Thursday that “there is no military solution” to the 2 1/2-year-old civil war.

“There is only a political solution, and that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table,” he said.
He said the opposition agreed to work over the next few weeks to pinpoint the conditions under which a new Geneva conference can work.

They believe Geneva “is very important, and we are going to work it out,” Kerry said.

Al-Jarba said he told Kerry “that the coalition fully understands American concerns about extremism and the possible diversion of military assistance.”

“We absolutely condemn all terrorism and all attempts to turn Syria into what it is not, a monotheistic or totalitarian state,” he said. “But we need American direct support to save democracy in Syria and to lead the world to force Assad at last to stand down.”

The coalition delegation is expected to meet informally Friday with the U.N. Security Council.

July 26th, 2013, 12:23 am



the despicable honoring the honorless

Or as OBSERVER noted, it is all mafia.

July 26th, 2013, 2:54 am



Hanging together Soon to be literally.

July 26th, 2013, 3:05 am



In conclusion, fea4thonm, dog-poop athad, with its thtaying power, is a butt of jokes for the world. So are its lickers including those double licking nus-lira agents.

July 26th, 2013, 3:07 am


habib said:

Lol, who even reads what Akbar Palace and the other Zionazis write here? Go home, no one gives a damn.

July 26th, 2013, 5:47 am


habib said:

32. Akbar Palace

Freedom of speech? Lol, that’s why you bomb Hamas affiliated press offices and journalists? And call everyone who criticises Israel an “anti-Semite?

July 26th, 2013, 5:51 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Mursi is accused by communicating with Hamas, So Mursi called Hamas leader he committed treason, how absurd such accusation?

To demonstrate peacefully in Egypt is a crime according to Sisi

July 26th, 2013, 6:38 am


apple_mini said:

It is clear the SAA are confident and determined to clear those rebels from every places in Damascus.

Right now is much better time and higher chance to get those places liberated.

The regime let the rebels take over Yarmouk camp last year even though it would pose a serious threat to Damascus for concerns about the support from the refugees and lack of manpower to stop the rebels operations.

Now the SAA are able and ready to take the camp back. But it is still a sensitive issue considering those are Palestinian refugees. It is wise to let PFLP to clean the mess inside the camp, assuming they will be well supported and equipped.

We are witnessing the complete rebel free Damascus probably not long away from now.

July 26th, 2013, 6:43 am


Akbar Palace said:

Regime Supporters Don’t Like Zionists but They Love Assad NewZ

Wow reading the link posted by Ziad @134 takes the lead for today’s unadulterated load of BS of the day.


That’s about all the regime supporters can do is post conspiracy theory from the most unreliable websites. Pretty pathetic.


Keep up the good work. How do you make a text statement also a link??

Lol, who even reads what Akbar Palace and the other Zionazis write here? Go home, no one gives a damn.


Thanks for reading my post. Hopefully you gave me the red thumbs down “badge of courage”! I get MANY of those!

… that’s why you bomb Hamas affiliated press offices …

Let us know when Israel is permitted to defend herself from a foreign country that launches missiles into population centers as much as Assad can defend himself from his own people.

An anti-semite is very easy to spot. This is when people expect MORE from Jews than anyone else. Like self-determination, self-defence, human rights, and other little things like that.

Perhaps if the Syrian people suffered as little as the Palestinians, perhaps, perhaps we’d ALL be praising the worst leader known to Man.

Anyway, let’s see how the peace process works out this time. Maybe Assad will watch the news reports on TV and learn how to lead.

July 26th, 2013, 7:04 am


Akbar Palace said:


How do you think Egypt can get out of this crisis??

July 26th, 2013, 7:10 am


Uzair8 said:

Rebel momentum update:

From AJE blog about an hour ago:

Video footage uploaded on Youtube reportedly shows a number of regime troops killed in the western Aleppo district of Khan al-Asal after rebels seized the neighbourhood.



From AJE blog about 4 hours ago:

Video uploaded claims to show more tanks and weapons captured by rebels from government ftroops in Aleppo, where opposition forces have reportedly made recent advances.


July 26th, 2013, 7:16 am


Syrialover said:

“Sisi fighting terrorists. Assad fighting terrorists. Hell, even Nasrallah is fighting terrorists. Go home, America. We got this.”

Tweet from

July 26th, 2013, 7:59 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Akbar Palace
Unfortunately there will be blood spilled

I saw those videos, close to 90 Assad soldiers are dead, I wished they surrendered peacefully, I believe Halab ,possibly,will be completely under rebels control in less than three months,with thousand soldier from SAA will die, I feel bad for their mothers in Qurdaha.

July 26th, 2013, 8:01 am


Syrialover said:

Aleppo, the forgotten city. The people, the heritage. Powerful images of its cruel destruction by Bashar Assad.

July 26th, 2013, 8:14 am


zoo said:

Syrian govt. troops gain ground in Homs clashes
July 26, 2013 – 16:56 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Syrian government troops gained ground in clashes Friday, July 26 in two rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, edging closer to a historic mosque and closing in on opposition fighters in the area, state TV and activists said, according to The Associated Press.

The advance came amid a wide offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces, launched in late June, to try to recapture rebel areas in Homs, Syria’s third largest city.

In recent weeks, Assad’s troops have captured several nearby rebel-held areas, including the towns of Qusair and Talkalkh near the border with Lebanon.

State TV said Friday that troops advanced in Homs’ northern neighborhoods of Khaldiyeh and Jouret el-Shayah.

The report said the government forces were getting close to Khaldiyeh’s 13th-century mosque of Khalid Ibn al-Walid, famous for its nine domes and two minarets.

In Damascus, officials said pro-government troops were advancing in battles with rebel forces in the now mostly empty Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. Clashes in the camp, which has mostly been under rebel control since last year, broke out earlier this week.

July 26th, 2013, 9:25 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Thank you Syrialover, Assad is destroying Syria, it is hard to believe those aircrafts that Syrians paid for by their work are used to kill Syrians and destroy Syria

July 26th, 2013, 9:30 am


zoo said:

With hopes of a military reversal dimming away , the opposition urges for a political settlement

NEW YORK – The head of Syria’s opposition told Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday the country’s situation was “desperate” and called for the United States to arm the rebels quickly and to push harder for a political settlement.

“The situation in Syria is desperate. We urgently need American action to push the international community to demand a political transition,” he added. “American leadership and drive is essential to end this war and bring the democracy that the large majority of the Syrian people want.

July 26th, 2013, 9:32 am


zoo said:

Face the truth about President Bashar al-Assad: he’s not going

Regime change in Syria looks very unlikely despite the lengthy civil war. It’s bad news for the region, and for the West
By Con Coughlin

25 Jul 2013

With bitter fighting continuing to afflict large tracts of Syria and an estimated 5,000 people losing their lives each month, predicting the outcome of the country’s brutal civil war might appear somewhat premature. And yet, for all the sacrifices made by rebel fighters during the past two years, the likelihood that the conflict will end with President Bashar al-Assad still clinging to power in Damascus grows stronger by the day.

The resilience of the Assad clan in withstanding the rebels’ desperate attempts to end its 50-year domination of Syria’s political landscape has taken most Western leaders by surprise. This time last year the White House confidently predicted that the regime could only survive for a few more weeks after the president’s brother-in-law and the Syrian defence minister were killed in a bomb attack against the country’s national security headquarters.

July 26th, 2013, 9:41 am


revenire said:

Assad’s strength sends waves of fear down his enemies spines.

July 26th, 2013, 9:57 am


zoo said:

Erdogan says Turkey will warn Syrian Kurds against ‘wrong steps’
July 26, 2013 – 17:48 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Turkey’s intelligence agency will warn the head of a Syrian Kurdish group that has seized control of areas of northern Syria near the Turkish border that it is taking “wrong and dangerous” steps, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, July 26, according to Reuters.

“Necessary warnings will be made to them that these steps they are taking are wrong and dangerous,” Erdogan told reporters, as intelligence agents met with the head of Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Istanbul.

July 26th, 2013, 10:07 am


zoo said:

Al Nusra and their allies don’t keep prisoners, they execute them and throw them in mass graves

150 Syrian regime forces killed in Khan al-Assal battle: NGO–

More than 50 of those killed were executed by rebels after the fall of Khan al-Assal on Monday, while the rest died fighting for the regime’s last bastion in the west of Aleppo province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Thirty of those killed in both the executions and fighting were officers, the Observatory said.

Rebels had for months tried to take Khan al-Assal, a strategically located town in the west of Aleppo province.

It finally fell into rebel hands on Monday but fighting continued on its edges the next day, said the Observatory.

Amateur video filmed by rebels and distributed by the Observatory showed the bodies of dozens of regime forces in a building that had been the site of a battle.

“Mass graves for Bashar (al-Assad’s) army,” says one unidentified fighter, referring to the Syrian president, as a cameraman walks through the complex filming the corpses. “These are Assad’s dogs,” the unidentified cameraman adds.

“Mass graves for Bashar (al-Assad’s) army,” says one unidentified fighter, referring to the Syrian president, as a cameraman walks through the complex filming the corpses. “These are Assad’s dogs,” the unidentified cameraman adds.

The mainstream rebel Ninth Division claimed responsibility for taking Khan al-Assal in a video statement distributed on Monday.

But footage distributed on Friday by the Observatory said jihadists including Al-Nusra Front were behind the takeover.

July 26th, 2013, 10:14 am


Uzair8 said:

Observer may be right about Russia being exhausted from making the regime military look a professional outfit.

Russia (and Iran/Hezbo) are on a losing wicket/pitch here. Only an unlikely Geneva style deal can save them from ending up on the defeated side and the resultant loss of face/reputation. This is gonna go to the bitter end…

July 26th, 2013, 10:22 am


Ilya said:

should adapt rebels tactics take no prisoners,whoever captured is executed on spot these animals don’t deserve second chance.
eye for eye its only fair to treat enemies same way they treat you.
Rebels clearly not looking for piece,they just want to wipe out other side completely no wonder losing support of minorities,who want to be ruled by people who issuing stupid fatwas not improving quality of everyday lives
Why is it so important to ban croissants,lipsticks,how women dress.
How about issuing fatwas prohibiting beheading and rapes and suicide bombing,protecting rights of minorities.
Rebels stupidity is mind boggling the minute they win they will be labeled as terrorists by west lol …

July 26th, 2013, 10:37 am


Uzair8 said:

Rebel Ramadan momentum update.
If true, the following indicates growing rebel momentum.
A longer version of a tweet retweeted by Amjad of Arabia:

Mark @markito0171
24th July 2013 from TwitLonger

#Syria Numbers of #Assad’s losses since Ramadan starts:

90+ tanks & armoured carrier
3 MIG aircrafts
5 helicopters
~1000 killed regime-forces & mercenaries
~300 captured regime-forces & mercenaries
15 high rank officers killed

Liberalization of more than 7 cities & villages by rebel-forces

The destruction of more than 18 barriers & checkpoints

The first bombing of the barrier at the People’s Palace in #Damascus

The cut of supply lines for the Army in #Idlib, #Homs, #Aleppo

Seized weapons and ammunition in very large quantities

July 26th, 2013, 10:57 am


ziad said:

Letter to another dishonest “peace” broker

…bent on bypassing the justice process

Well John-boy, how do you think history will judge you?

The heroic ‘partners for peace’

Now let’s meet the lovely people you’re bringing together for these historic ‘negotiations’.

In the Israeli corner we have the thug regime’s pin-up, Tzipi Livni. Her parents were both members of the Irgun, the notorious Jewish terror group. Her father, Eitan, was its chief operations officer. In 1946 the Irgun blew up the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, which housed the British mandate administration, murdering 91. She served in a Mossad unit and became a member of the Knesset in 1999. As Israeli foreign minister she was responsible for the slaughter and maiming of thousands, including women and children, when she launched Operation Cast Lead against the overcrowded civilians of the tiny sealed-off enclave of Gaza. Tzipi Livni is up to her pretty neck in Palestinian blood and shredded body-parts.

In the Palestinian corner we have one of President Abbas’s closest aides, Saeb Erekat. He’s their chief negotiator and has occupied that vitally important position for 20 years, during which he has achieved… well, what? He must be the most unsuccessful negotiator on the planet. Why is he still there? We know perfectly well why. He’s a loser and can be relied on to fail.

In the background is the Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, a menace to his own nation and the whole civilized world. The best place for him is a padded cell.

Facing him, but quite possibly skipping around hand-in-hand with enemy when off-camera, is the obnoxious quisling Abbas. As everyone knows, this ‘grey suit’ is living a privileged life on borrowed time. His term as Palestinian President officially expired in January 2009, but the western-backed parasite has clung like dried excrement to power.

July 26th, 2013, 11:00 am


Hopeful said:

#153 Uzair8

I am sick and tired of watching videos of dead bodies, on both sides, with the camera men rejoicing and celebrating. A day or two later, the bodies of these dead men will be carried in boxes and celebrated as “martyrs” by their families and supporters. What a vicious cycle Syria finds itself in.

If you are a regime supporter, your side’s victims are martyrs and the others are terrorists. If you are a revolution supporter, victims on your side are martyrs and the others are thugs and murderers. Have we forgotten that all of theses victims, at the end of the day, are Syrians and human beings?

Two generations of the Syrian society have grown up under the corrupt sectarian Baathist regime, which planted the seeds of disaster we are witnessing today. The sharp division and hatred, on both sides, can only be blamed on failed policies over the past 50 years at all levels: political, economical, educational, etc. Unfortunately, the next generation is now growing up in an environment of war, feat, hatred, and revenge seeking. Another lost generation.

The result is that Syria has lost a century in its evolution as a nation. And we live in a time when every day matters. It is a tragedy. We may soon realize that North Korea is faring better than Syria.

July 26th, 2013, 11:01 am


revenire said:

Hopeful I don’t consider people who blow up civilians in suicide bombing attacks human beings. They’re animals. All the emotional speeches in the world won’t change that.

July 26th, 2013, 11:05 am


revenire said:

Uzair if only Twitter was the real world instead of an online fantasy world filled with dreamers and frauds.

July 26th, 2013, 11:09 am


revenire said:

This Muslim Brotherhood stooge was going to get rid of Assad? LOL

Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping before rival rallies

The Egyptian state prosecutor ordered that ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi be detained for 15 days for questioning on charges of collaborating with Palestinian militant group Hamas, official MENA news agency reported on Friday.

Mursi will be asked on whether he worked with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, during which the Islamist and other political inmates escaped during the revolt against strongman Hosni Mubarak, it added.

July 26th, 2013, 11:45 am


apple_mini said:

The rebels are crumbling in central and south. And they are ferociously trying to establish their “kingdom” around Aleppo. SAA in the north need to further contract their ground force. Meanwhile, to launch more air strikes. I think the loss of Khan al-Asal is a mistake.

SAA need to preserve forces in the north. Let the rebels make their “gains” over there while continue their infighting and clash with Kurds. SAA can also adapt guerrilla tactics to disrupt their strategic goals.

After secure Homs, SAA can steadily advance to the north and sandwich the rebels in the southern part of Aleppo with the remaining force.

On the south, Deraa must stay as an open field for SAA to prevent attempts from the rebels to set up supply lines or bases while Damascus is undergoing house clean operations.

July 26th, 2013, 12:00 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Are you supporter of Mubarak?

July 26th, 2013, 12:06 pm


revenire said:

Some great stuff from Ziad:



July 26th, 2013, 12:10 pm


Tara said:

No oilfields, no farming, no industry, no tourism, huge military spending, and responsibility to pay everyone salary with crumbling reserve.

Even if Damacus suburbs are totally controlled by the regime, Let’s see how long the regime can survive on charity.

July 26th, 2013, 12:10 pm


ziad said:

Al-Qaeda hosts a family fair in Syria, complete with ice cream and jihad

The event was hosted by two al-Qaeda-allied groups: Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist Syrian rebel group, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is based in Iraq and claimed responsibility for a recent jailbreak that freed hundreds of insurgents there. The groups have earned a reputation for fearsome fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, but also for their severe rule over areas under their control. According to Syrian rights groups, Jabhat al-Nusra recently executed a 14-year-old boy in Aleppo for referencing the prophet Muhammad in a manner they deemed disrespectful.

The groups appear to be hoping that they can clean up their image and make friends with regular Syrians by, for example, hosting this Ramadan family fair. It’s a way to build support — regular Syrians are suffering terribly in the fighting, with food scarce and work virtually nonexistent — and to show that the groups can do things with young people other than shoot them. According to the Independent’s story on the Aleppo fair, here a few of the very creepy-sounding events:

• An ice-cream-eating contest for boys. A video of the contest, since deleted, showed Islamic State jihadist flags hanging in the background.

• A Koran recitation contest for girls.

• A tug of war between Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State members, video of which has also since been removed from YouTube

• Distribution of pamphlets, flags and “other propaganda-type products” meant to promote jihadism, according to a terrorism analyst who spoke to the Independent.

• Distribution of food, most importantly bread.

And you can bet there was some preaching as well.

July 26th, 2013, 12:37 pm


ziad said:

أعلن في هذا البيان انشقاقي عن العائلة الحاكمة ودعمي لكل التيارات الإصلاحية وعلى رأسها حركة الإصلاح

khaled Farhan AlSaud

July 26th, 2013, 12:40 pm


ziad said:

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: A one-man propaganda cell for FSA-Nusra terrorists

July 26th, 2013, 12:56 pm


revenire said:

My guess is Assad can survive forever with things like this. Life goes on in Syria. People marry, the have children, go to uni, divorce, etc. etc. etc.

There is a war but that won’t last forever either.

Syrians have no taste for the rebels. They hate them.

July 26th, 2013, 1:12 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Do as I say, not as I do NewZ

Does anybody know why pro-regime gunmen are going into Palestinian refugee camps?

There is a war but that won’t last forever either.


I thought you said Assad won the war. I must have misinterpreted what you said. About how much longer do you suppose this war will last considering the military superiority of the heroic Syrian Army?

July 26th, 2013, 1:17 pm


don said:

Turkey’s Options in Syria: Stable Kurdish Self-Rule or Jihadist cannibals Enclave?

Turkey’a unease over armed Kurdish fighters just across the border in Syria has been turning into alarm, especially after the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) recently routed the radical Islamic Jabhat al-Nusrah in Serekaniye, and recaptured the Kurdish border town.

Hours after the fierce fighting for Serekaniye (also known as Ras al-Ayn), YPG fighters showed reporters passports seized from Islamist guerrillas, noting they had traveled through Turkish airports on different passports, including American and of several Arab countries.

It goes without saying that, from the beginning of the Syrian uprising more than two years ago, Turkey’s Islamist government — the Justice and Development Party (AKP) — has facilitated the arrival of jihadist fighters from across the Muslim world, and supplied them with weapons and field hospitals.

Turkey’s unease turned to alarm on July 19, when officials of the dominant but controversial Democratic Union Party (PYD) announced their intention of declaring autonomy.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu immediately reacted, saying: “It’s not possible to accept any de facto declaration of an autonomous entity in Syria, and that could only lead to further crisis.”

On the other hand, since the Kurdish fighters have been gaining strength in Syria in the face of Arab rebels, the Turkish army has been building up its presence with heavy weaponry at the border. Its unmanned drones scan the area.

This is not the first time Turkey reacts to events in the PYD-controlled areas of Syria.

Ankara is deeply suspicious over the PYD’s close ties to the militant and outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. The PYD is accused of surreptitious ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and holds sway over most of Syria’s Kurdish regions.

Turkey has already warned that, although it did not react when Iraqi Kurds declared autonomy, Ankara would not just stand by if Syrian Kurds made a similar bid.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in December that, “Should a similar development take place (in Syria), we would react differently than how we did in the case of Iraq.”

Though the Turkish military has beefed up border forces and gone on alert in response to Kurdish developments in Syria, it did not react similarly when fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Al-Qaeda affiliates controlled the area until several weeks ago.

It is important to ask if Turkey’s fears of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria are really justified. Is it foreign Islamist fighters that pose a threat to Syrian stability, or is it a Kurdish free enclave that threatens the region?

July 26th, 2013, 1:31 pm


ilya said:

did you wonder why
Do you know why Arab world treats Sunni Palestinians as shet,as second class citizens there?Oppressing them denying simple human rights/and citizenship. Why are they living in refugee camps in Jordan many other countries?
As second class citizens in all their countries don’t want to help their brothers? They are being persecuted as if they were Lepers, by their Muslim brothers ?
For 60 years you guys crying don’t move finger to help them what kind of BS hypocrisy is that?
Most likely they being used in Arab world as political cards by politicians in their own interests
Are we here to believe that foreign jihad-is coming to help oppressed people ,when for 60 years they don’t thing for Sunni Palestinians?
Are they like subhumans or something Syrians Sunni other around the world somehow better ?

July 26th, 2013, 3:08 pm


amal said:

169. Hopeful said:

We may soon realize that North Korea is faring better than Syria.

North Korea doesn’t have the apartheid Israeli regime on it’s border, funding, plotting, arming and supporting mercenary islamist death squads, crossing it’s borders daily from countries run by war criminal regimes, supported by the wealthiest western and Arab slaves of Israel.

You are an Israeli HOPEFUL, you should understand what I’m talking about

July 26th, 2013, 3:26 pm


amal said:

183. ilya said:

Good point ILYA. How come those brave Arabs, Turks and their Western backers never ask for a NO FLY ZONE over PALESTINE?!

I say it’s their cowardly nature if you ask me.

Speaking of NO FLY ZONES. How’s your NO FLY ZONE coming MAJEDKHALDOUN?!

July 26th, 2013, 3:37 pm


amal said:

151. Akbar Palace said:

That’s about all the regime supporters can do is post conspiracy theory from the most unreliable websites. Pretty pathetic.

You are the PATHETIC paid representative of the Israeli apartheid regime here. Syria’s government is not a REGIME, and honest Syrians are exposing your Israeli regime AGENDA in Syria not conspiracy therories. Any website that reports the truth and doesn’t fall under Israeli control is a RELIABLE website.


Thanks for reading my post. Hopefully you gave me the red thumbs down “badge of courage”! I get MANY of those!

A “badge of courage”!!! for your information thumbs down by the readers of this blog is a badge of mediocerty. Too bad I’m not your boss, I would’ve fired you long time ago.

An Israeli dispensing advice to Syrians and collecting Badges Of Courage 😀 😀


July 26th, 2013, 4:08 pm


amal said:

167. Uzair8 said:

Rebel Ramadan momentum update. If true,

IF TRUE, a BIG “IF” if you ask me, but you post it anyway!!!


retweeted by Amjad of Arabia.

Tweeter and Amjad of Arabia are your reliable sources!!!

If true, then how come your reliable Israeli controled Western media is not reporting it?!!!


The truth is, UZAIR8 from Israel, your death squads are loosing big in Syria

You can tweet and retweet like a tweety bird but you’ll not succeed at changing the hearts and minds of brave Syrians fighting this modern day Mongol invasion.

July 26th, 2013, 4:31 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Ilya said,

Do you know why Arab world treats Sunni Palestinians as shet,as second class citizens there?


There are a number of reasons why the arab world treat sunni Palestinians as Shiite, second class citizens.

1.) Arab despot leaders want to keep the arab-israeli conflict festering so they can use these hate-filled and brainwashed victims as walking timebombs or soldiers in terrorist organizations. A quiet and peaceful palestinian refugee is of no use to a professional muqawamista.

2.) Even though arab-israelis have more rights than arabs anywhere else in the ME (like Syria), uneducated arabs need to feel that Israel is an Apartheid State.

Basically, the Palestinians fill a void so that arabs can blame someone else for their failures. Can you imagine a settlement of the arab-israeli conflict? I can’t. Too many people would be out of a job like Nus-lira and Norman Finkelstein.

Hopeful tells it like it is! He must be a Zionist;-)

July 26th, 2013, 4:51 pm


Hopeful said:

#170 Rev, I am not talking about the suiside bomb murderers either. I am talking about the majority of fighters, on both sides, who believe they are fighting for a just cause. They are all victims of the failed policies of the corrupt, unethical, brutal, and sectarian regime that ruled Syria in the past 50 years.

#184 Amal, so typical of regime supporters to blame others for everything they are doing wrong. You think I am an Israeli because I dare to speak my mind? BTW, Israel is surrounded by enemies who want its destruction and keep plotting against it. How come it has a flourishing economy, a successful democracy, and its army is not bombing its cities? Perhaps the Syrian regime can learn a lesson or two from its supposed enemy across the boarder? Or is it a disgrace to learn from your enemies in the Baathists’ book of goverment?

July 26th, 2013, 4:56 pm


Uzair8 said:

From AJE blog about an hour ago:

At least 150 Syrian regime forces have been killed in Khan al-Assal, a town in Aleppo province at the centre of an alleged chemical weapons strike, monitors said.



Can the regime sustain such losses on a regular basis?

Imagine if these were Hezbo casualties confirmed on video? Imagine the shockwave amongst Hezbo ranks and in Lebanon? Hezbo families would call for withdrawal. Hezbo couldn’t sustain such losses.

July 26th, 2013, 5:41 pm


Tara said:

People like this makes one wonders about his own selfish life..

July 26th, 2013, 5:53 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Relations with Turkey must be improving. Israel has finally been cleared of spying – with a bird.

July 26th, 2013, 6:49 pm


zoo said:

Pressure is building on the Syrian opposition to drop their conditions and accept to participate in Geneva II. After Hollande, the UNSC gave them the same message: Forget about a military solution in your favor. You better accept Geneva II before it’s too late.

Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition on Friday held informal talks with the UN Security Council about their political and military objectives.

A delegation led by new coalition president Ahmad Jarba met ambassadors from the 15-nation council, including envoys from Russia, the main backer of President Bashar al-Assad, and from the United States, Britain and France, which are considering arming the rebels.
Western nations are pressing the opposition delegation to be more open to political talks on settling the war, which the UN says has left more than 100,000 dead.

“The council’s message is simple, there is no military solution,” said France’s UN ambassador Gerard Araud as he went into the meeting.

July 26th, 2013, 6:57 pm


Tara said:

Syria rebels meet U.N. Security Council, urge Russia to end Assad support

“We asked them (Russia) to stop providing the political and military support for this criminal regime to continue its crimes against the Syrian people,” senior Syrian National Coalition member Najib Ghadbian told reporters after the meeting.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin described the meeting in New York as “useful” and said it was up to the international community to bring both sides together to “stop this nonsense of endless bloodshed.”
The opposition delegation, which included Burhan Ghalioun and Michel Kilo, appealed to the Security Council to pressure Assad to commit to the creation of a transitional government with full executive powers that would not include him.

Jarba said that once Assad “makes this commitment we (the opposition) are ready to go to Geneva” for the peace conference.

The opposition also appealed for government forces to at least stop using heavy weapons ahead of any Geneva conference. “It does not mean to stop the war because we know that Bashar al-Assad will not agree to a ceasefire,” Ghalioun said.
British U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said Jarba made “a very strong statement of commitment of the unity of Syria, to democracy and to plurality” and condemned extremism and rejected terrorism.

“I think members of the Security Council will have been encouraged by the commitment shown by the opposition. It remains to be seen whether the regime is equally committed,” he said.

July 26th, 2013, 7:02 pm


zoo said:

That’s laughable. Which party is the one that has refused to come to negotiations? ?

Syria coalition demands UN step up pressure on Assad
27 Jul 2013 5:52 AM

The main Syrian opposition on Friday called on the UN Security Council to put greater “international pressure” on President Bashar al-Assad to come to negotiations

July 26th, 2013, 7:11 pm


zoo said:

The opposition has not yet understood that they have become beggars and beggars can’t be choosers. By putting pre-conditions on attending Geneva II conference that would bring a ceasefire, they bear the responsibility for the all the death and suffering of the Syrians.

In New York, the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition told the U.N. Security Council it is ready to attend a peace conference if the Syrian government commits to having Assad hand over power to a transitional government.

The United States, which supports the opposition, and Russia, which supports the Assad government, are trying to convene a new conference in Geneva to try to get both sides to implement a plan adopted in the Swiss city a year ago. It calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body vested with full executive powers.

However, the demand that Assad relinquish power has halted the talks. Ahmed al-Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, later said that if Assad doesn’t hand over power, “the regime will never step down, and its violent repression will continue.”

July 26th, 2013, 7:27 pm


Tara said:

Territorial divisions are deepening, regardless of regime and rebel advances

Syria as a country has ceased to exist. Different parts of it apply different legal systems, ranging from old national laws to sharia or no law at all. Economies are localised and reliant on new business linked to the war. Different flags fly over administrative buildings—where they still exist.

July 26th, 2013, 7:28 pm


zoo said:

Jarba’s naive fantasies on display at the UNSC

Syrian opposition ready for peace talks if Assad gives up power
27 July 2013, 00:07 (GMT+05:00)

Syrian opposition groups stand ready for peace talks with Damascus if President Bashar al-Assad would transfer all executive power to a transitional body, their leader said Friday, dpa reported.

Ahmad al-Jabar, president of the Syrian National Coalition, said in New York that the United Nations Security Council should demand all Syrian parties accept a national transitional government with full executive authorty including military and security matters.

“The Security (Council) must explicitly require this of all participants,” al-Jabar said.

He said the 15-nation council should impose targeted sanctions against Damascus if it rejects a transition.

Al-Jabar said he would take part in peace talks in Geneva if Damascus “explicitly” would transfer all authority to the transitional body. A conference last year in Geneva called for a political and democratic transition to end the conflict, which arose after a bloody regime crackdown on pro-reform demonstrations in early 2011.

“The situation in Syria is desperate,” al-Jabar said. “The Syrian people are calling for peace and democracy. We need more international pressure to force the Assad regime to accept a transition regime.”

July 26th, 2013, 7:37 pm


don said:

U.S. testing rebel supply lines ahead of sending arms

WASHINGTON: The United States has quietly been testing the Syrian opposition’s ability to deliver food rations, medical kits and money to rebel-held areas as Washington prepares to send arms to the rebel fighters. U.S. officials meet weekly in Turkey with Syrian opposition leaders to work out how best to keep supply lines open to rebel fighters and war-ravaged towns and districts.

One of the Syrian opposition’s best-known female leaders, Suhair al-Atassi, attends the meetings as coordinator of the “nonlethal” aid that includes equipment for rebel fighters and local councils, as opposed to humanitarian aid for the displaced.

Supplies are handed to officers of the moderate Free Syrian Army at clandestine locations that cannot be divulged for security reasons.

“I sign the paperwork, and shake the hands of the FSA official,” said a U.S. State Department official involved in the effort. “I wish them well and walk away.”

The United States has committed $250 million in nonlethal aid to Syria in addition to the $815 million in humanitarian assistance in support of the rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Recently, Washington began scaling up its assistance to bigger items like trucks, radios, large generators and sophisticated medical equipment.

France also sends supplies to the rebels, including envelopes stuffed with money handed over at the border.

July 26th, 2013, 7:52 pm


don said:

“Jihadi groups now recruit for Syrian Islamist armed groups in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as shown by pictures of passports from Islamist insurgents found in Syria”

Al-Qaeda’s Iraqi jailbreak may have Syrian consequences

Syria is the obvious destination for the hundreds of jihadis now on the run

The escape of dozens of high-level al-Qaeda members from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last Sunday may have far-reaching consequences in next-door Syria, say analysts.

Responsibility for the attack on the infamous prison, which left 10 policemen dead, was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda affiliate in the country.

Iraqi officials said about 800 inmates escaped from Abu Ghraib but 400 have been captured or killed. Among them are hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters, including numerous leading members of the Islamic State in Iraq still thought to be on the run in one of the most daring assaults on Iraqi security since the 2003 invasion.

In Syria, the al-Qaeda-linked Isis has bloomed in recent months. It has taken over partial leadership of the most successful Syrian jihadi group, Jabhat al-Nusra, and has been fighting Kurdish militant groups for more than a week.

All of which means that for the hundreds of jihadis now on the run since Sunday Syria is the obvious destination.

The growth of jihadi activity has also emboldened the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, which claimed from the beginning of protests in March 2011 to be fighting back against extremists and “terrorists”.

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, an analyst with the Washington DC-based Jamestown Foundation, said Syria would increasingly become a fertile ground for al-Qaeda activity due to the breakdown of the central state in Syria and the ongoing civil war.

“Jihadi groups now recruit for Syrian Islamist armed groups in many countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as shown by pictures of passports from Islamist insurgents found in Syria,” he said.

July 26th, 2013, 8:14 pm


Uzair8 said:

187. Amal

You may have a point..I guess.

I suppose it’s a bit like citing Syrian Perspective.

I may look into it and see what I can do to avoid such occurrence.

July 26th, 2013, 8:19 pm


don said:

Syrian troops target terrorist dens in Aleppo, Damascus

DAMASCUS Syrian army continued its operations in Aleppo on Friday and units of the armed forces targeted dens for terrorist groups linked to Al Nusra in several neighbourhoods in the city and towns and villages in the countryside.

The army units continued chasing terrorists in Al Rashidin neighbourhood in the city and killed many of them, Sana said.

Other army units foiled attempts by armed terrorist groups to infiltrate into safe areas in Al Lairamoun, Al Khalidiyeh, Salah Eddin and Al Amiriyeh. The terrorists’ weapons were destroyed.

The army also destroyed gatherings for Al Nusra terrorists, along with their weapons and equipment, in Kafr Dael and the surrounding of Aleppo Central Prison in the northern countryside.

All members of armed terrorist groups were killed and injured in Einjareh area in the western countryside of Aleppo. In the southwestern countryside, army units eliminated terrorists who were stationed at al-Asfari building and the Journalists Association’s building in Khan Al Assal area.

A terrorists’ den in Al Sheikh Saeed area in the southern countryside was also destroyed.

In Aleppo city, a unit of the armed forces destroyed a den for Al Nusra-linked terrorist groups’ leaders in the Industrial City in Al Sheikh Najjar neighbourhood. All terrorists inside the den were killed, and others were injured.

Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Damascus and its Countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The army units destroyed a terrorists’ den to the south of Publications Department Building in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus and killed all terrorists inside it, while another army unit killed 3 other terrorists to the southeast of Tishrin Hospital, Sana said.

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Thursday sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary General and President of the Security Council on the terrorist explosion which took place in Jaramana, Damascus countryside on Wednesday.

July 26th, 2013, 8:37 pm


don said:

Syrian troops advance in central city

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government troops gained ground in clashes Friday in two rebel-held neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, edging closer to a historic mosque and closing in on opposition fighters in the area, state television and activists said.

State TV said Friday that troops advanced in Homs’ northern neighborhoods of Khaldiyeh and Jouret el-Shayah.

The report said the government forces were getting close to Khaldiyeh’s 13th-century mosque of Khalid Ibn al-Walid, famous for its nine domes and two minarets. On Monday, government troops shelled the mosque, damaging the tomb of Ibn al-Walid, a revered figure in Islam.

An activist in the city who only identified himself as Abu Bilal for fear of government reprisals said the troops were now about 50 meters (yards) from the mosque. “Resistance cannot stand up to tanks, warplanes and mortars,” Abu Bilal said, speaking from the city via Skype.

July 26th, 2013, 8:50 pm


Ghufran said:

30 minutes of recorded phone calls were used to justify the arrest of Morsi and other MB leaders:
أمر النائب العام المستشار هشام بركات بحبس الرئيس السابق محمد مرسي15 يوما علي ذمة التحقيق في عدة اتهامات يأتي في مقدمتها التخابر والتحريض علي العنف وإشاعة الفوضي. وكان النائب العام قد استمع أمس الأول إلي تسجيلات لأربع مكالمات هاتفية أجراها الرئيس السابق مع كل من الإدارة الأمريكية ممثلة في الرئاسة, والمرشد العام لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين الدكتور محمد بديع, ونجل الرئيس’ أحمد’ الذي كان موجودا في تركيا, وحركة حماس, وجميعها كانت بإذن من النيابة.
وقد جاءت هذه الاتصالات قبل ساعات قليلة من قيام الفريق أول عبدالفتاح السيسي وزير الدفاع بإعلان خارطة المستقبل في الساعة التاسعة من مساء يوم الأربعاء7/3 بحضور كل من الدكتور أحمد الطيب شيخ الأزهر, والبابا تواضروس الثاني بابا الإسكندرية, والدكتور محمد البرادعي.
وقد طلب الرئيس السابق خلال اتصاله مع الإدارة الأمريكية تدخلا عسكريا لحماية نظام حكمه, كما طلب من المرشد العام إصدار توجيهات بإشاعة العنف والفوضي, بينما طلب من حركة حماس دعم العنف في سيناء.
وفي ختام المكالمات التي استغرقت نحو30 دقيقة, وهي الفترة التي طلبها الرئيس كي يجري اتصالاته, دخل الفريق أول السيسي, وأخبر الرئيس أن هذه الاتصالات تم تسجيلها بأمر من النيابة, وأنها أربعة اتصالات محورها التخابر والدعوة إلي العنف, وتم وضع الرئيس تحت التحفظ, بدءا من هذه اللحظة, واستعاد الفريق أول السيسي هاتفه الذي كان قد منحه للرئيس لإجراء اتصالاته, حيث كانت الاتصالات قد منعت عنه منذ اللحظة التي عرض عليه فيها الفريق أول السيسي التنحي أو الإقالة, إلي أن تم وضعه وزوجته واثنين من أبنائه تحت الإقامة الجبرية بأحد المواقع التابعة للقوات المسلحة.
I wonder if the recordings will be made public, particularly the part involving US officials.
If the US changes its ambassador to Egypt, people will conclude that the lady in charge of USA embassy in Cairo goofed up.

July 26th, 2013, 8:52 pm


don said:

Soldiers’ Mass Execution Reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Islamist extremists in Syria’s insurgency killed 150 soldiers in a battle for control of an Aleppo suburb this week, including 51 who were executed after they had surrendered, according to a Syrian monitoring group that has been chronicling casualties and evidence of atrocities.

The group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which sympathizes with the opposition and reports daily tallies of combat and violence from a network of contacts on the ground in Syria, corroborated its assertion on Friday with a video posted on the Internet.

The video, dated Wednesday,

showed what appeared to be an execution ground, with dozens of lifeless bodies clumped against a wall pockmarked with bullet holes. The video’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but Rami Abdulrahman, the Syrian Observatory founder, quoted witnesses as saying 51 soldiers taken prisoner were later shot. Among the total who had surrendered, he said, “very few were taken hostage.”

Mr. Abdulrahman said the killers were members of the Nusra Front and Ansar al-Khalafa al-Islamiya Brigade, among the many jihadist groups, some affiliated with Al Qaeda and populated with foreign fighters, that have entered Syria to join the insurgency battling the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict, now in its third year.

If his assertions are confirmed, the killings would rank among the worst mass executions carried out by the rebel side and could aggravate the image problems for the coalition of insurgent forces, which are already riven by internal conflict and have been losing territory to Mr. Assad’s side in recent weeks.

July 26th, 2013, 8:57 pm


don said:

ابو عثمان العراقي أمير جبهة النصرة في مدينة السخنة بمحافظة حمص

July 26th, 2013, 9:08 pm


don said:

تعذيب مواطن على يد كتيبة صدام حسين في حي طريق الباب بحلب

July 26th, 2013, 9:21 pm


Tara said:


Have you watchedحريم السلطان ? 

July 26th, 2013, 9:32 pm


Ghufran said:

The actions of islamist rebels in khan al-Asal is the latest reminder of why those groups can not be part of any negotiated settlement in the future, notice the lack of any condemnation of the war crime in that area by the same people and governments who have been lecturing us about the ” ethics of war” and respect of human rights.
The likely response of the army will be a violent campaign to retaliate, when that happens we are sure to start hearing voices of condemnation.
It is a vicious cycle that does not have an end in sight, too much for achieving a “balance” on the ground !!
One of the soldiers in that execution field was pictured making a victory sign, the sad truth is that there will be no victors in Syria, only losers and victims.
The loss of khan alasal is not a good start for a new military ” leadership” in Aleppo, it is also likely to increase resentment among army families. The list of victims is available on the net, half of the officers killed were from coastal areas, but the list included people from all over Syria.

July 26th, 2013, 9:35 pm


zoo said:

The end of Morsi as Egypt ‘president’ and the Moslem Brotherhood as a political force seems confirmed by millions of people in the street.

Egypt sees massive pro-military rallies, Islamists remain defiant–Egypt-sees-massive-promilitary-rallies,-Is.aspx

Millions mobilised across Egypt in response to calls by military; hundreds of thousands keep voicing support for ousted president Morsi; seven killed mainly in clashes; President Mansour calls on Morsi’s loyalists to end sit-ins

“It’s a wonderful day. We lost a year of Egypt under Mohamed Morsi who only brought us injustice; he destroyed tourism, the media, and the economy,” protester Khaled Mostafa, an employee in the justice ministry, told Ahram Online.

“We were pleased with the announcement this morning that Morsi was being detained. We believe all the Muslim Brotherhood cronies should be locked up forever including [Mohamed] El-Beltagy, Essam El-Erian, Hafez, all of them,” he added.

In a largerly festive atmosphere, flag-waving Egyptians chanted pro-army slogans and car drivers honked their horns in many parts of Cairo, including the upscale districts of Mohandessin and Zamalek.

Tahrir and Ittihadeya palace, which is located in Cairo’s Heliopolis district, were filled with enthusiastic demonstrators who aimed to support the army in its tug-of-war with the faltering Brotherhood.

July 26th, 2013, 9:58 pm


zoo said:

Palestinians are joining the SAA in “cleansing” Yarmouk from the “terrorists gangs”

Officials say pro-government gunmen are advancing in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.

Fighting in the camp broke out earlier this week. It has been mostly under rebel control since late last year.

Anwar Raja, a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said Friday the Palestinian Popular Committees want to “cleanse” the camp of “terrorist gangs.”

The PFLP-GC is close the Syrian government.

Khaled Abdul-Majid of the Popular Struggle Front, another pro-government faction, said Popular Committees have captured nearly a third of the mostly empty camp. Thousands of refugees have fled.

Since the start of the unrest, Syria’s half-million Palestinians have struggled to remain on the sidelines.

Still, some young Palestinian refugees have joined the rebels in the fight against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

July 26th, 2013, 10:02 pm


Tara said:

I see massive demonstrations with Morsi and I also see massive demonstration against him. I do not know what to believe. Is the majority of Egyptians with or against?

July 26th, 2013, 10:04 pm


don said:

Analysis: Setbacks to bring quieter Qatar foreign policy but no U-turn

Under Tamim’s father Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar lent Egypt more than $7 billion during Mursi’s year in power, which ended when the army detained the president.

Doha had placed a bet on the Muslim Brotherhood, said Nuseibeh, and for the Qatari state “it is very difficult to go back now, even if some of their advisers would like them to”.

“Dropping the Muslim Brotherhood would obliterate their popularity with the pro-Brotherhood camp in the Arab world. They have taken a gamble and they hope that it might pay off at some point in the future,” he said.

Torbjorn Soltvedt, principal analyst at Maplecroft, a political risk consultancy based in London, said Qatar “will likely scale back its adventurous foreign policy, but I wouldn’t expect them to abandon it altogether”.

“It will still be important for them to maintain an independent policy, to distinguish themselves from Saudi Arabia,” he said.

He emphasized that shipments of any weapons to the Syrian people ought to be coordinated with the international community.

The idea that Qatar might scale back its alliance with Islamists gained further ground after Sheikh Tamim’s June 26 accession speech. Although he said the country would not “take direction” from anyone, his 15-minute address focused on domestic issues and made no mention of the Syrian conflict.

Gauging opinion in a conservative society that guards it privacy is not easy, but there are signs that Qataris would not be disappointed by a less activist foreign policy.

A source close to the ruling family said many of Qatar’s citizens expected it would eventually play a quieter role in foreign affairs. “The average person just wants to lead a quiet life. Qatar is a small country and we had no business getting ourselves roped into all of this outside activity,” the source said.,fc4c0c67e8610410VgnCLD2000000ec6eb0aRCRD.html

July 26th, 2013, 10:17 pm


don said:

Syrian Opposition in Closed-Door, For-Pay Briefing with UNCA: Questions of Legitimacy

Q: Do you feel you’re any closer after these meetings to Geneva 2? What are the obstacles?

Burhan Ghalioun: We believe that this meeting gave a momentum to Geneva again.

And we are very happy to hear that our allies are in fact committed — that they are committed for in fact supporting us.

We see the obstacles is the regime’s commitment, in fact, to Geneva 1, so if they’re willing to implement Geneva 1 literally, there is a prospect for a negotiation.

Q: Russia says government is ready to go to Geneva and the problem lies with opposition. Are you ready? What was the response of Sec Kerry to your request for weapons quickly?

Ahmad al-Jarba: The first question about Russia when they said the regime is ready to go to Geneva, so the regime made a lot of statements that he’s saying there is no transitional government with full executive authority and even we have some information that even the Russians, they are involved in this to keep the military and intelligence outside of any negotiations and as I mentioned it was from the body of the Geneva 1 with the government with full authority when they cleared these points and they make this commitment we are ready to go to Geneva.

So we think that the American administration actually the way that they look to the Syrian revolution it’s better to the Syrian crisis. Maybe they are moving slowly but they still good and as you all know that General Dempsey and so the congress member that they had that they had a new position from the arm– arm the Free Syrian Army. And we think it’s very important point and we talk about all these cases with Secretary Kerry. And we agreed that there’s another meetings will be in future to talk about all the cases again.

July 26th, 2013, 10:53 pm


don said:


Assad opponents see U.S. distancing itself from their goals in Syria

WASHINGTON — Syrian opposition leaders say there’s just one way to interpret the U.S. stalling on promised military aid at a time when rebels are losing ground to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad: Goodbye, and good luck.

“The longer the international community takes to do something, the crisis and the extremism and the chaos on the ground intensifies,” said Mariam Jalabi, a spokeswoman for the visiting Syrian leaders. “We feel the international community pulling its hand out says, ‘You’re on your own.’”

Senior leaders of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the group the United States has recognized as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, traveled to New York for meetings Thursday with United Nations officials.

But they won’t be stopping in Washington; they weren’t invited to meet with Obama administration officials here. They finagled a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry only because he was in New York on other business.

Idriss, the U.S.-backed rebel leader who now refers snidely to his “American friends,” chose to skip the visit to New York, in large part because he predicted it would be a waste of time.

“He doesn’t feel like the Americans are as willing to fully support the opposition in ways that would make that trip worth it to him,” said Elizabeth O’Bagy, a researcher of Syrian rebel groups who’s in daily contact with Idriss and who does contract work on State Department programs for Syria.

The State Department release on the meeting made no mention of weapons, saying only that “they agreed that a political solution is the best path forward.”

There is little appetite among Americans for greater U.S. entanglement in Syria. A Gallup Poll last month showed 54 percent of Americans opposed to the Obama administration’s plan to provide aid to the rebels. U.S. diplomats fume about the inability of opposition figures to agree on anything. Earlier this week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress in a letter that U.S. military intervention would be costly, might not end the violence and might even install a government that’s hostile to U.S. interests.

State Department officials lament that their policy options are “bad and worse.” They’re not keen on sending U.S. assistance to either the jihadist-infiltrated rebel forces or the notoriously fractious exiles of the political opposition, with whom frustration runs high.

The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s internal bickering and repeated failures to cobble together a cohesive interim authority has cost it credibility in the State Department, which has been reluctant to give the group any direct funding from U.S. aid pots. While publicly cheering on a recent change of coalition leadership as a step toward breaking the political impasse, American officials are privately fed up with the perpetual infighting.

Idriss isn’t the only one upset at the U.S. foot-dragging on the arms issue. At a meeting with U.S. officials this week at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, Saudi officials demanded to know why the U.S. was holding a new shipment of heavy weapons destined for Syrian rebel militias.

U.S. officials told the Saudis to hold on for a few weeks, according to a participant in the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions involve sensitive diplomacy. When the Saudis asked what would change in a few weeks, there was no clear answer.


July 26th, 2013, 11:32 pm


don said:

Arrests in attacks on Hezbollah suggest Lebanon closing in on Syrian rebel group

BEIRUT — Lebanese military intelligence officers arrested a Syrian man Thursday and accused him of participating in a roadside bombing July 9 that targeted a convoy of the Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah as it traveled near the Syrian border, Lebanon’s government-owned National News Agency reported.

The man was the second Syrian to be charged in the assault, one of a string of attacks that many here suspect were retaliation by Syrian rebels for Hezbollah’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Neither suspect has been identified, but the arrests suggest that Lebanese authorities are closing in on a mysterious group that’s claimed responsibility for the attacks and may be able to link the group to larger Syrian rebel organizations.

While the man arrested Thursday has been accused publicly only of the July 9 attack, the other suspect has been tied to several, all of which were claimed by an outfit that identifies itself as Liwa 313. Analysts think that Liwa 313 was founded by the Supreme Military Council, the rebel umbrella group through which the United States has pledged to provide military assistance to anti-Assad forces. But analysts are divided about whether the group takes direction from the military council or is affiliated now with other, more radical groups, such as the al Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

July 26th, 2013, 11:44 pm


Syrian said:

Paolo Dall’Oglio
أصدقائي الأعزّاء
جئت اليوم إلى مدينة الرقة وأنا أشعر بالسعادة لسببين
أولهما أنني على أرض سوريا الوطن وفي مدينة محررة
والسبب الثاني الإستقبال الرائع من قبل هذه المدينة الجميلة
عشتُ أمسية رمضانية من أحلى ما يكون والناس في الشوارع بحريّة ووئام
إنها صورة للوطن الذي نريده لكل السوريين. . .
طبعا” لا يوجد شيئ كامل
لكن الإنطلاق جيد
أدعو لي بالتوفيق من أجل المهمة التي جئت من أجلها. . .
إن الثورة ليست توقّعات بل إلتزام!
السلام عليكم وشهر رمضان كريم علينا أجمعين.

July 27th, 2013, 12:19 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Ghufran said he wishes the phone conversation between Mursi and US official will be made public.
I agree but I doubt they will make it public, the whole thing ,I believe is american plan,
demonstrations today proved that Mursi crowds were larger than Sisi crowd, where are the 30 million that Sisi and Baradei talked about, I did not see anywhere close to one million, while Mursi crowds were more than a million.the picture I saw in Tahrir square, I doubt there was hundred thousand, Sisi lost , Egyptians found out that Sisi is lier and not to be trusted.

Tara I noticed that your language is different nowaday

July 27th, 2013, 12:33 am


Ghufran said:

I guess father Paolo was not invited to witness the beautiful execution of pro regime people in the streets or the hospitable treatment of Christians in the east by the open minded Nusra ” freedom fighters”, let us hope that father Paolo manages to keep his head attached to his body since the beheading of kuffars is now a national sport in Syria.
Every time I think there will be an end to nauseating Nusra- beautifying statements on this blog I get reminded that I am just a wishful thinker.
Father Paolo may mean well and he is right in his criticism of the regime but when it comes to his view of Islamists he proves to be another naive observer.
Majed, do you think the USA set a trap for Morsi ? It seems to me that Egyptians on both sides are more anti American than before, Morsi’s supporters think they were betrayed by Obama while Morsi’s opponents believe Obama is working against them !!

July 27th, 2013, 12:35 am


Syrian said:

It is either that father Paolo is a Nusra agent or all what siad is only in your head

July 27th, 2013, 12:43 am


Ghufran said:

It is comic to think that a thoughtful priest will find a town occupied by Takfiri Nusra thugs as an oasis for love and tolerance, I appreciate hearing a counter argument but not when the subject is Nusra, Islamists,not Russia or Iran, are the reason why the regime is still having support among Syrians.

July 27th, 2013, 2:50 am


zoo said:

#221 Ghufran

Father Paolo has become a lunatic a long time ago. He thinks himself as the new Joan of Ark. He just forgot that the main vow of a priest is humility and obedience.

July 27th, 2013, 6:05 am


zoo said:

Seeing that the opposition is still not “ripe” enough to accept the humiliation of going to Geneva without any pre-conditions, the US, France and the UK are playing with time. They make promises with strings attached then they find good reasons to delay when they see that the opposition refuses to bow.
They do not support Saudi Arabia and Qatar initiatives, as they do not want US weapons to end up in elements that may use them against Israel.
The only serious commitment the USA has made is the Geneva II conference. The rest is just hot air.
Therefore they seeem to wait until the FSA is totally crushed and internationnaly discredited so the Kerry-Lavrow’s conference can take place.
The SNC can agitate as much as it wants, making requests to the USA , to the UNSC, to France. It is just a waste of time.
It is clear that the West trusts only the SAA to eliminate the Islamists terrorists and ensure Israel is not harmed.
The FSA and the SNC are in a dead end. It is time they recognize it and before loosing everything, accept to go to Geneva II.

July 27th, 2013, 6:19 am


zoo said:

Mursi and the Moslem Brotherhood have become the scape goats of the economical and social disaster on Egypt after the fall of Mobarak.
Qatar is also pointed as a evil while Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE are now seen as the saviors..
The challenge for the new government is to restore legitimacy, security and the economy fast enough so the average Egyptian become convinced that the Moslem Brotherhood episode was just a terrible mistake.
Even with the money pouring from the allies, is this possible?

July 27th, 2013, 6:27 am


zoo said:

215. don

Qatar is hated all over the Arab World, now that its game of supporting the Moslem Brotherhood and aligning with a non-Arab neighbor Turkey have become exposed.
I guess that’s not what they really want.
That’s why HBJ is taking all the blame and has been demoted and exiled.
I am sure Qatar will change its policy to align with the GCC, slowly but drastically.
It may discreetly financed its allies but will play low key in the political arenas: No more Arab league intervention, no more resolutions to the UN assemblies against Syria…
Yet, because of its rivalities with Saudi Arabia, it may still try to undermine KSA’s policy in Syria. It does not want it to succeed where Qaytar failed.

July 27th, 2013, 6:37 am


zoo said:

The West “ever promising and under delivering”

After the blood began to flow, American, European and other officials predicted that Bashar Al Assad would be gone in months. Instead, as the former French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, pointed out yesterday: “Bashar is now winning.”

The West’s slump from activism to shoulder shrug over the past year has been astonishing.

It is common for senior officers to be more reluctant than politicians to go to war, particularly when their armies have been sent abroad almost non-stop since the end of the Cold War in 1989. But Gen Dempsey went further. He came within a whisker of admitting the unsayable: from the point of view of America’s interests, the stability of the Assad regime is better than the uncertainty of a rebel victory.

Perhaps the general should get a medal for the clarity of his statement, in a letter to the hawkish Senator John McCain: “Should the [Assad] regime’s institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control.” There we have the military truth, stripped of blather about humanitarian intervention and the need to remove a dictator.

In his determination to protect the Assad regime, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has had a clear goal which he has pursued with conviction, in alliance with Iran. The western camp has so far run on wishful thinking.

Reality intruded when it became clear that outside attempts to magic into existence a Washington-friendly rebel leadership had failed. The external leadership has no credibility inside the country, leaving the rebel groups on the ground to battle for supremacy, with Islamist groups in the ascendant.

A peace conference – the so-called Geneva II – which was supposed to be held this month after a big push by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, looks as if it will not be held until next year, if at all.

The western powers, having failed to put together a winning rebel team, may have to wait until a national rebel leadership appears on the ground.

The Syrian Islamic Front, spearheaded by the Ahrar Al Sham (the Free Men of the Levant), appears to be one the biggest and most successful rebel groups. Its leader, Hassan Aboud Al Hamawi, has shed his anonymity to emerge in Cairo as a spokesman for the Islamist current of the rebels. Is he a man the Americans could collaborate with? Or will he and his group be a flash in the pan like the previously headline-grabbing Al Nusra Front, now engaged in internecine battles with the Iraq-based Al Qaeda franchise?

These are the questions that will have to be resolved before America and its allies can develop a strategy to replace the discredited one – much used in Iraq and Afghanistan – of over-promise and under-delivery.

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July 27th, 2013, 7:01 am


zoo said:

Pak urges Syrian National Coalition to join political process
(without pre-conditions)
Saturday, 27 July 2013 15:44

NEW YORK: Pakistan Saturday strongly urged Syrian National Coalition (SNC)’s engagement in a political process beginning with participation in Geneva-II Conference. Pakistan’s envoy Masood Khan said during UN Security Council’s Formula meeting with the Syrian National Coalition that delaying dialogue would prolong the suffering of Syrian people. SNC, as well as the Syrian Government, should be ready with empowered interlocutors to enter into dialogue without preconditions.

July 27th, 2013, 7:03 am


apple_mini said:

I still believe if those rebels who summarily executed over 50 SAA army members had been all Syrian, some of them would have flinched and the atrocity could have been avoided.

Those foreign Jihadists came to Syria to kill Syrians. It would be monumentally stupid to believe they are here for democracy or justice.

Majority of those terrorists freely went through Turkish airports and borders. There is Syrian blood on Erdogan’s hands.

We have some Syrian expats hailing the “sacrifice” from those foreign Jihadists. Those are just sicko and weirdo.

July 27th, 2013, 7:07 am


Alan said:

Saudi Arabia reportedly reaches a deal with Israeli army to buy Israeli weapons for militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Israeli Radio reported that Saudi Arabia signed a 50-million-dollar deal with Israeli army to supply the foreign-backed militants with old Israeli military equipment and arms.

The reports added that the weapons include different kinds of anti-tank missiles, military vehicles, artillery equipment, and night vision devices.

Other sources have quoted Takfiri sources as saying that the Israeli weapons will be used to maintain control over Aleppo and its surrounding areas in northern Syria.

The report came as The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported last month that Saudi Arabia has provided the Takfiri militants with Russian-made Konkurs anti-tank missiles.

It quoted militant sources as saying that they had received the first batch of the heavy weaponry from Saudi Arabia in northern city of Aleppo.

On June 14, US President Barack Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants with weapons, claiming that the Syrian government had used “chemical weapons” against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line.” Damascus has rejected the allegation as “lies.”……………

July 27th, 2013, 7:58 am


habib said:

As has been mentioned, what’s happening in Egypt now is identical, if not worse,than what happened in Syria in 2011. Back then, everyone blamed Alawite sectarianism. What now?

July 27th, 2013, 8:11 am


Hopeful said:

I condemn in the strongest terms the brutal execution of the SAA fighters by opposition fighters, as I have condemned before, in the strongest terms, the atrocities and massacres committed by the Assad thugs against rebels and civilians.

The fabric of our society in disintegrating under the watchful eyes of a brutal, incompetent and corrupt regime that has sunk Syria into the misery of one of the worst civil wars in recent memory.

July 27th, 2013, 8:21 am


Hopeful said:

# 233 Habib

There is no comparison. The conflict in Egypt today is between liberal democratic forces, backed by the Army, and conservative Islamist voices who have legitimate public support. Egypt today does no have a dictator, a mafia regime, Alqaeda, or sectarianism.

Things are tuning ugly in Egypt, but I am hopeful that it will eventually turn out well and that Egypt will lead the Arab world into a 21st century style of government.

July 27th, 2013, 8:34 am


Sami said:

So what nationality were the Assadists that committed the “Hardly a Massacre” in Banyas and Bayda? Or was that just “house cleaning” by the “SAA”?

July 27th, 2013, 8:53 am


Alan said:

US government! would you going to risk war with Russia?

Such a war could escalate to a nuclear world war in a heartbeat. And unless you have Chernobyl sunblock, it’s going to be a really bad day for every human being on planet earth if that happens.

This war escalation could lead to Israeli involvement and a dangerous escalation of the war.

The Obama Administration has announced plans to arm Syrian rebels (which is already being done), and it has Green Berets training some rebel troops in Jordan. Meanwhile, the Russians have military officers on the ground in Syria and plans to ship 24 ballistic missiles to the country. These missiles will apparently be pointed at Turkey and Jordan, where U.S. troops are stationed.

It is known how the Russian people would respond if Russian military personnel were killed in Syria. It is doubtful that there’s any support in Russia for an adventure in Syria. The last thing Russia wants is to hand his opponents a popular cause, such as an unpopular war, to undermine his shaky rule.

Russia is serious about supporting and arming Syria. It seems to think it is a point of national honor to stand by allies no matter how questionable. It willing to go far in this situation to the end !!!

July 27th, 2013, 8:55 am


Sami said:


People in Raqqah are genuinely dissatisfied with JN/ISIS and are doing everything they can to counter the extremists that have taken over their city. I have linked on here the continuous struggle that Syrians are facing there. There is always two sides to the same coin one being the ugly sectarian takfiris and the other Syrians struggling for a better tomorrow without Assad and religious fanatics.

July 27th, 2013, 9:06 am


Alan said:

In the Syrian province of Aleppo in Khan al-Asal armed terrorist groups have carried out the massacre of soldiers and civilians.

As reported on Saturday, July 27, militants of the so-called terrorist group “Brigade Ansar al-Hilafa” admitted to committing heinous crimes.

The terrorists desecrated the bodies of the dead – killed thrown into the crater on the outskirts of the city and some of them on fire.

July 27th, 2013, 9:09 am


habib said:

235. Hopeful

Egypt does not have a dictator/junta? What does it have then?

The Egyptian military is pro-democracy now?

Who is fooled by this rhetoric?

July 27th, 2013, 9:11 am


Sami said:

If you are not fooled by this rhetoric why are you so easily fooled by the Assadists rhetoric?
Sectarian blinders perhaps?

July 27th, 2013, 9:16 am


Mina said:

It’s getting “sectarian” in Libya too

When I talk with Egyptians who support either the MB or the Salafis I always get stuck with the same irrational answers:

Me- There can be no progress in a society that does not separate religion and civic duties.

The Islamist- Yes, the proof is that Germany and the US have religion inscribed in the constitution.

Me- Really? Can you explain me where or how?

The Islamist- The proof is that in Germany there is a “Christian democrat party”… and even in advanced countries like Israel religion is supported by the state.

Me- ??????????? (and I guess for the US it is the motto on dollar bills… or simply that one should be guaranteed his “right to belief”….which leads Islamists to their very personal conclusion: I am the MAN and I decide that my right to believe implies control of the public space and of the women therein…)

What kind of governement can emerge from that kind of twisted logic?

July 27th, 2013, 9:17 am


Tara said:

“Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade”

The name “Abul-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade” is so musical and so appealing that I can’t stop saying it.   It is likeمن درعا قدح شرر وبحرستا المهدي ظهر song.  It took me a while to stop playing it in my brain.  If I to have another child to play with Yaya, I’d consider calling him Abul Fadl Al Abbas so I can say the name all day long.

Is the Mahdi still in Harasta?  Is he considering moving to the Malki?  It is safer there..  

July 27th, 2013, 9:23 am


Hopeful said:

# 240 Habib

You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.

I do not like what the Egyptian military is doing either, but there is slimply no comparison to Assad and his thugs. I am now watching what is happening in Cairo on TV screens all around the world, thanks to free press access. I am hearing everyone in the army and Egyptian government talk every day about civil liberties and inclusion of all Egyptians. Compare that to Assad talking about foreign conspiracies and germs a month after his forces killed thousands of peaceful demonstrators while preventing any journalist from entering the country. There is simply no comparison, and any attempt to make one is a hypocrite attempt to rewrite history.

July 27th, 2013, 9:24 am


don said:

Another Muslim Brotherhood bites the dust hehehehehehe!

Tunisia killing spells the end of the islamist Ennahda government

Thousands chant in protest at slain Tunisian’s funeral

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Tunisians turned out for the funeral of assassinated secular politician Mohamed Brahmi on Saturday, and called for the Islamist-led government to be toppled.

Military helicopters hovered overhead and hundreds of troops and police lined the route of a procession attended by Brahmi’s widow and son and several prominent politicians.

“The people want to topple the regime!” and “With our blood and with our souls we will sacrifice ourselves for the martyr!” people in the crowd shouted.

“Ghannouchi, assassin, criminal,” others chanted, referring to Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party that Brahmi’s family says was behind the killing.

July 27th, 2013, 9:37 am


Alan said:

our accountant ceiling is higher than that one in the photo! 🙂

July 27th, 2013, 9:44 am


habib said:

244. Hopeful

I am asking specific questions so you can elaborate on your opinion. But you don’t seem to disagree what I actually wrote? I’m not asking you to compare anything to Assad.

July 27th, 2013, 9:44 am


Hopeful said:

# 247 Habib

Your opinion, as I understand it, is that what is happening in Egypt today is like what happened in Syria in 2011. My personal opinion is that there is no comparison. I think these are pretty straightforward assessments. I disagree with your assessment, and I do not mind if you disagree with mine.

You wrote: “As has been mentioned, what’s happening in Egypt now is identical, if not worse,than what happened in Syria in 2011.”

I wrote: “I do not like what the Egyptian military is doing either, but there is simply no comparison to Assad and his thugs. I am now watching what is happening in Cairo on TV screens all around the world, thanks to free press access. I am hearing everyone in the army and Egyptian government talk every day about civil liberties and inclusion of all Egyptians. Compare that to Assad talking about foreign conspiracies and germs a month after his forces killed thousands of peaceful demonstrators while preventing any journalist from entering the country. There is simply no comparison, and any attempt to make one is a hypocrite attempt to rewrite history.”

July 27th, 2013, 10:52 am


don said:

Ramadan in Tunisia


Two Ennahda offices were set on fire Thursday night.

Demonstrators waved Egyptian flags as a sign of solidarity with the protests that prompted Egypt’s military to oust Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi earlier this month.

Protesters in Tunis say they want the same result. One said “the Egyptian solution” is a possible outcome for Tunisia, too.

“Secular Tunisians feel very empowered by what happened in Egypt,” she said. “There is a growing movement of rebellion – [like Egypt’s] Tamarod – in Tunisia. They are out in the street calling for the toppling of the Ennahda regime. But we don’t know what they want. We don’t know how they want to implement this change. There are no direct calls for the military to take control of the situation.”

Tunisia’s Ennahda party has lost an important Islamist ally in Egypt, she said.

“They are definitely very weakened. They are very nervous. They are fearing to see the same scenario, the same Egyptian scenario repeated in Tunisia,” El-Issawi said.

July 27th, 2013, 10:57 am


majedkhaldoun said:

. Egypt today does no have a dictator, a mafia regime,
Removing democratically elected president and dissolving the parliament ,and using the army and security forces to kill peaceful protestors is dictatorship, yes you are entitled to your opinion but the facts on the ground prove that this opinion is wrong

July 27th, 2013, 11:23 am


revenire said:

Archbishop Hanna: Those who bear arms against Syria serve Israel

Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA) – Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, affirmed that those who bear arms against the Syrian people and the Syrian Army – regardless of their names and affiliations – are mere pawns that serve Israel and its project to divide and control the Arab region.

In an interview broadcast on al-Mayadeen TV on Friday, Archbishop Hanna said that the people who abduct, murder and slaughter in Syria are the enemies of the Arab nation, just like Israel with which they share goals and criminal nature.

He stressed that the violence and murder against the people and state in Syria has nothing to do with any just demands; rather it merely seeks to destroy the Syrian state.

Archbishop Hanna warned any attack on Syria is an attack on the Arab nation, and that the true national opposition is the one that commits to its country’s principles and flies its flag, not the flag of the French mandate, and that doesn’t receive orders from abroad.

He warned that some western countries’ granting of visas to displaced Syrian Christians in Lebanon under humanitarian pretexts is part of an Israeli plan to drive Christians out of the Arab region, calling on Arab Christians – whether in Syria or in other Arab countries – to remain in their countries and defend them alongside their Muslim brethren.

July 27th, 2013, 11:27 am


revenire said:

I wonder of Morsi is in the same prison as Mubarak?

July 27th, 2013, 11:31 am


don said:

Ramadan in Libya hahahahahahahaha!

Libya protesters attack Muslim Brotherhood offices

Protesters in Libya have attacked offices linked to the Muslim Brotherhood following the assassination of a prominent political activist.

Abdelsalam al-Mismari was shot dead as he left a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya after Friday prayers.

Demonstrators blaming the Brotherhood have taken to the streets.

They stormed offices of the Justice and Construction Party, the Brotherhood’s political wing, in Benghazi and the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

A retired air force colonel and a senior police officer were also shot dead on Friday in Benghazi in the latest in a series of targeted killings of security personnel.

There has been growing opposition to the increasing influence of the Justice and Construction Party (JCP) in the country’s parliament.

Mr Mismari, a lawyer, was a vocal critic of the Brotherhood’s presence in Libya.

July 27th, 2013, 11:33 am


don said:

With Arab streets on fire in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Obama/Israel better think twice now before invading Syria.

Ramadan Mubarak

July 27th, 2013, 11:39 am


Hopeful said:

# 250 Majed

Last month, Syrian regime supporters tried to make an analogy between what Assad did in Syria, and what Erdogan did in Takseem square. At the time, I thought the comparison is ridiculous. I think today’s comparison between Syria and Egypt is ridiculous as well, and only serves to justify the Syrian regime’s actions of the past two years.

Did I manage to get the regime’s supporters and opponents unified against my opinion now? Boy that is a break-through!

Egypt got rid of the dictatorship two years ago and is now dealing with the division in its society between people who want a civil state, and people who want an Islamic-leaning government. A division that was swept under the rug for 50 years because of the brutal corrupt dictatorship regime. Syria will have to deal with similar issues once its dictatorial regime is removed. I reject the notion that Arabs need dictators to help prevent these divisions from explosing into civil wars. I have faith that Arabs will work through these issues in the months and years to come, and will never go back to the dark days of Qaddafi, Saddam, Mubarak, and Assad!

You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one!

July 27th, 2013, 11:40 am


majedkhaldoun said:

عرب الفضل هم من سلالة الفضل ابن العباس عم الرسول, الفضل عين قاضيا في اليمن في زمن عثمان ابن عفان و اولاده هم عرب الفضل , كثير منهم هاجر شمالا الى سويداء وهؤلاء انتقل بعضهم الى جرمانا,و كثيرا ممن انتقل الى السويداء ,معظمهم,انتقلوا الى الهامة غرب دمشق, حيث اتاهم سوء الحظ صحيا,فتركوها الى منطقة المالكي في دمشق,يقدر عددهم في سورية باكثر من ١٥ الف

July 27th, 2013, 11:41 am


Alan said:

Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria

Aren’t they by being Angered admitting responsibility?
Compared to the endless Nuclear Ambiguity?
And “that her subs are now ‘ready to rumble’ ”
It is wonderfull if the German Government protected itself and Germany with a Passive hidden build in receiver, no signal received, sink sub.

July 27th, 2013, 11:55 am


Alan said:

It’s sickening when U.S. officials speak 100% lies, deception and deceit! The American people is silent like a sheep! It’s an unfortunate thing

July 27th, 2013, 12:10 pm


don said:

To end Syria civil war, West must guarantee minorities’ safety with peacekeeping force

Minorities in Syria support the Assad regime because they fear the alternative. To erode Bashar al-Assad’s base of support, Western leaders should offer meaningful security reassurances to Syria’s minorities, including the promise of an international peacekeeping force.

July 27th, 2013, 12:13 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

To end Syria civil war, West must guarantee minorities’ safety with peacekeeping force

I said that a year ago

July 27th, 2013, 12:18 pm


zoo said:

After France and UK, the USA to the opposition: “Goodbye and Goodluck” or admit defeat and move on to Geneva.
Idriss is sulking and Al Jabra desperate

Assad Opponents See US Distancing Itself from their Goals in Syria
Saturday, 27 July 2013 10:27

Washington, DC — Syrian opposition leaders say there’s just one way to interpret the U.S. stalling on promised military aid at a time when rebels are losing ground to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad: Goodbye, and good luck.

Idriss, the U.S.-backed rebel leader who now refers snidely to his “American friends,” chose to skip the visit to New York, in large part because he predicted it would be a waste of time.

“He doesn’t feel like the Americans are as willing to fully support the opposition in ways that would make that trip worth it to him,” said Elizabeth O’Bagy, a researcher of Syrian rebel groups who’s in daily contact with Idriss and who does contract work on State Department programs for Syria.

“To deny us the right to self-defense is to risk that the regime will survive,” Al-Jarba told reporters in New York. “Thousands will be executed, the repression will continue without end.”

The State Department release on the meeting made no mention of weapons, saying only that “they agreed that a political solution is the best path forward.”

July 27th, 2013, 12:39 pm


Alan said:

According to what is known and repeatedly and pro experience, there are no peace forces in Western countries ! they have the forces of war!

West is no guarantee of co-existence between sects and religions in Syria, on the contrary, the West needs to raise the dirty hands of Syria and stop playing a game of sects and religions and stop interfering in the affairs of nations!!Then will inevitably be the end of wars

July 27th, 2013, 12:52 pm


revenire said:

Majed I hope your medical advice is better than your political advice.

July 27th, 2013, 12:59 pm


zoo said:

Turkey target of Al Qaeda abroad, how will Erdobatman retaliate?

Car bomb hits Turkish staff building in Somali capital, two dead
27 July 2013

A car loaded with explosives rammed into the gates of an office housing Turkish embassy staff in the Somali capital, killing two people, witnesses and police said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

“A suicide car bomb targeted a building housing Turkish embassy workers near k4 (Kilometer Four). So far two people dead,” Ahmed Mohamud, police officer told Reuters from the scene of the blast.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the bombing, but in the past, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebels have claimed responsibility for attacks, including one in-mid July that killed eight civilians.

July 27th, 2013, 1:01 pm


zoo said:

#261 Majed

The West cannot guarantee anything as long as the opposition and the armed rebels are dominated by Sunni Islamist extremists.

The minorities are defending themselves very well, they don’t need the hypocritical and coward West.

July 27th, 2013, 1:07 pm


revenire said:

This is one massacre you won’t hear the ‘revolution generation’ crying about:

Syria says rebels killed 123 people in north, majority civilians

July 27th, 2013, 1:14 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

قال رسول الله لايزال المرء في فسحة من دينه حتى يسفك الدماء
In Egypt today Sisi killed several hundred egyptians

July 27th, 2013, 1:34 pm


Alan said:

268. REVE.
It reminded me the photos and videos of 90s, made by the same Wahhabies, only instead of Syrian soldiers were Russian. I’m afraid that when sorted out with Syria, all this trash again will rush to the Caucasus.

July 27th, 2013, 1:44 pm


ghufran said:

This is a partial list of those who were slaughtered by islamist rebels in khan al-asal, read and reflect, I did.
اﻟﻌﻤﻴﺪ ﺣﺴﺎﻥ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﻓﻨﺪﻱ .. ﺍﻟﻼﺫﻗﻴﺔ ﺟﺒﻠﺔ
ﺍﻟﻌﻘﻴﺪ ﺣﺴﻦ ﻳﻮﺳﻒ ﺣﺴﻦ .. ﺍﻟﻼﺫﻗﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺤﻔﺔ
ﺍﻟﻌﻘﻴﺪ ﺭﻣﻀﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺨﻠﻴﻞ
ﺍﻟﺮﺍﺋﺪ ﻃﻼﻝ ﻋﻴﺴﻰ ﺣﺴﻦ .. ﻃﺮﻃﻮﺱ
ﺍﻟﻨﻘﻴﺐ ﺭﻭﺑﻴﺮ ﻣﻄﺎﻧﻴﻮﺱ .. ﺍﻟﺤﺴﻜﺔ
ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺯﻡ ﺍﻭﻝ ﻃﻼﻝ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﻬﺎﺩﻱ .. ﺣﻤﺺ
ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺯﻡ ﺍﻭﻝ ﺣﺴﻦ ﺧﺎﺯﻡ .. ﺧﺮﻳﻤﺎ ﺍﻟﻼﺫﻗﻴﺔ
ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺯﻡ ﺍﻭﻝ ﻋﻤﺮﻭ ﻣﺎﻥ ﺍﻟﺪﻳﻦ .. ﺍﻟﺴﻮﻳﺪﺍﺀ
ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺯﻡ ﺍﺣﻤﺪ ﺑﺮﻛﺎﺕ .. ﺣﻠﺐ
ﺍﻟﻤﻼﺯﻡ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﻋﻠﻲ ﻧﺼﺎﺭ .. ﺍﻟﺮﻗﺔ
ﺍﻟﺮﻗﻴﺐ ﺃﻭﻝ ﻳﻮﺳﻒ ﻃﻼﻝ ﺣﺰﻳﻦ .. ﺣﻤﺺ
ﺍﻟﺮﻗﻴﺐ ﺍﻭﻝ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ ﺍﻟﺸﻬﺎﻝ .. ﺣﻠﺐ
ﺍﻟﺮﻗﻴﺐ ﺍﻭﻝ ﻣﺮﺍﺩ ﺻﻘﺮ ﺭﺳﺘﻢ .. ﺍﻟﻼﺫﻗﻴﺔ .. ﺟﺒﻠﺔ
ﺍﻟﺮﻗﻴﺐ ﻣﻤﺪﻭﺡ ﺗﺎﻣﺮ .. ﺍﻟﺴﻮﻳﺪﺍﺀ
ﺍﻟﺮﻗﻴﺐ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺩﺍﻭﻭﺩ ﺃﺳﻌﺪ .. ﺍﻟﻼﺫﻗﻴﺔ .. ﺟﺒﻠﺔ
الرقيب خليل طاهر العبدو . اللاذقية
الرقيب طارق خضرة .. اللاذقية
الرقيب محمد هايل مصطفى .. حمص
الرقيب علي عمران سبيتي .. طرطوس
المجند عمر سعيد خولاني ريف دمشق
المجند خالد يحي مسلاتي .. دمشق
المجند علي يوسف نبيعة .. اللاذقية
المجند أحمد طارق محمد اللاذقية .. جبلة
المجند جعفر هيثم صبيرة .. اللاذقية .. جبلة
المجند كاسر صقر عيسى .. طرطوس بانياس
المجند يوسف خاطر علي .. حماه الغاب
المجند زيدان عبد الحق .. حلب
المجند جهاد تركي العلبي .. حلب
المجند سامر ضرار الزيد .. دير الزور
المجند خلق محمد عقيدي .. الرقة
المجند علي زين ابراهيم .. طرطوس
المجند الشهيد ذو الفقار خازم عيسى اللادقية – جبلة – حرس جمهوري
المجند الشهيد علاء الدين بكاتي حلب – أكاديمية الأسد
المجند عيسى محمد شعبان – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد محمد صالح – اللادقية
المجند الشهيد حسين محمد كادو – ريف حلب – حرس جمهوري
المجند الشهيد باسل محمد الصالح – دير الزور – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد عمر بكداش – دمشق – حرس جمهوري
المجند الشهيد نبيل عويد – الرقة – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد وائل حاج علي – درعا – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد جهاد محمد اللحام – دمشق – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد محمد شوفان – ريف دمشق – قوات خاصة
المجند الشهيد رائد زهر الدين – السويداء – قوات خاصة
The office that keeps track of soldiers and officers killed has 60,000 names plus 5,000 MIA and presumed dead. Anybody who tells you this is simply a war where alawites are killing sunnis or sunnis killing alawites is a liar and a fraud. This war is about Syrians killing Syrians and Islamists fighting Assadists for domination, the sectarian dimension does exist but it only tells half of the story.
what did Syrians do to deserve this ugly fate?
Most of you have not visited Syria in 3 years and are unable to send money to families and poor people even if you try, half of the country lives in poverty and a quarter of Syrian population is displaced, I do not know what it will take for fighting factions to understand that enough is enough.

July 27th, 2013, 1:55 pm


zoo said:

Erdogan called for it, he is getting it and more is coming

Turkish guards fire back at 15 armed Syrians approaching Turkey, disobeying ‘stop’ alert

27 July 2013 20:10 (Last updated 27 July 2013 20:1–c

Disregarding the “stop” alert by the Turkish guards, the 15 civilians continued to approach Turkey which was followed by a warning shot of the Turkish guards into the air.

However, Syrian civilians fired 5 times at the Turkish guards and answered by the guards by a backfire, as the statement said.

In another incident, two shells fell on Friday into the Turkish side of the Syrian border during the ongoing clashes in Ras Al Ayn town of Syria’s Hasakah city between the Syrian opposition and Kurdish terrorist organization PKK’s militia in Syria (PYD).

Turkish General Staff also issuing a statement on its official website regarding the incident, said “two artillery shells fell 1 kilometer inside the Turkish border in Ceylanpinar town of the Turkish border city Sanliurfa amid the clashes in Syria’s Ras Al Ayn at around 19:50 local time on Friday.”

The statement went on to say that the shells left 1 Turkish citizen dead, Sukru Kahraman, 43, injuring his two sons Mehmet, 23, and Ahmet Kahraman, 12.

July 27th, 2013, 2:17 pm


zoo said:

Syrian Troops Capture Historic Mosque in Homs

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria July 26, 2013 (AP)

Syrian government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces, state media said.

State-run news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that troops took control of the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in the heavily disputed northern neighborhood of Khaldiyeh.

After capturing the strategic town of Qusair near the Lebanon border last month, government troops launched an offensive on rebel-held areas in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, late in June. They have been pushing into Khaldiyeh and other neighborhoods in the Old City that have been under opposition control since 2011.

The mosque, famous for its nine domes and two minarets, has been a symbol for rebels in the city that is known as “the capital of the revolution.” On Monday, government troops shelled the mosque, damaging the tomb of Ibn al-Walid, a revered figure in Islam. Five days later, they took the mosque.

“Units of our brave army have fully controlled the area of Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque in the city of Homs,” SANA quoted the military official saying.

A Homs-based activist who identified himself only by his nickname, Abu Bilal, for fear of government reprisals, said troops entered the mosque area from the eastern side. He said regime forces now control more than 60 percent of Khaldiyeh.

July 27th, 2013, 2:25 pm


revenire said:

Al-Manar Exclusive Photos for Bombing on Nobbol Town of Aleppo

Armed opposition groups in Syria launched heavy bombings on the Syrian town of Nobbol in Aleppo province, leaving dozens of civilians killed and wounded including children.

July 27th, 2013, 2:44 pm


ghufran said:

There are differences between the situation in Syria and Egypt but there is a lot of similarities too. Few valuable lessons can be learned:
1. Islamists can not be trusted not because they are “bad” but because the mix of religion and politics is poisonous.
2. The sectarian component of Arab Springs is overblown, in most cases it is sunnis killing sunnis. Sectarian differences helped aggravate an already flammable situation but were not at the core of the unrest.
3. The two models (islamist versus secular dictatorship) have failed.
4. You can always rely on western governments to speak from both sides of their mouth and make a bad situation worse.
5. the same violence committed by different parties (Syrian security forces versus Egyptian) can draw entirely different responses. The reason: Egypt has a peace agreement with Israel and is not an ally of Iran. Hypocrisy shines when the issue is how to deal with human rights abuses around the world.

July 27th, 2013, 3:05 pm


Tara said:


My language has changed ? In what way?


I love father Paolo. He embodies my views of Jesus which is in extreme contrast to some (or most) Arab Christians.

July 27th, 2013, 3:23 pm


Alan said:

Mercy and eternity in paradise to the martyrs of the brave Syrian Arab army!

Sunni killing Shia in Syria and Pakistan. Sunni killing Sunni in Egypt – and all during Ramadan. What a mess this Ummah is in.



T.J. Gilbert.

[Your name]

July 27th, 2013, 3:35 pm


Alan said:

US Talks About “Political Solution” while Continuing War Effort against Syria. USA Accountable for Full Responsibility for Syria…

July 27th, 2013, 4:11 pm


Alan said:

especially forgive you to add to the list the most distinguishing brave soldier,the hero of Syria Zu Al-Fikar Issa. Name, will reminded in history …

July 27th, 2013, 5:30 pm


Alan said:

What is the size of Israeli losses today? any numbers?

July 27th, 2013, 5:42 pm


Tara said:

Have we not understood no as no? Or have the revolution been given mixed messages all the way through?

Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the talk of a peace conference hid “overt” and “covert” policies by western nations.
“Overtly we do not provide lethal assistance,” said Tabler. “But covertly we do and that is currently being considered.”
“We are going through the motions on the Geneva stuff because officially our policy is to support Geneva, but nobody thinks that it will work any time soon,” he said.

Burhan Ghalioun, a senior national coalition member who took part in the talks with Hollande and Kerry, said the tour has boosted the image of the opposition.
“With this tour we are making a comeback and the international community now understands the gravity of the situation,” he told AFP.
Before the international community “was afraid of the risks” of deeper involvement. “Now they know that if they don’t intervene there are multiple risks.”
Ghalioun said it was wrong to believe that the opposition is against a peace conference and only wants Western arms.
“The opposition is for a political solution on the condition that it is an opportunity to bring real results,” he said.
He also said the coalition wants the international community and United Nations to give assurances that a conference will lead to a transition “and not sterile negotiations that go nowhere and that allow the Syrian regime to continue killing.”

Read more:

July 27th, 2013, 6:06 pm


ghufran said:

“The Return of Hammo The Lost Son”
(coming to a movie theatre near you)
Hamas is making a U-turn
صرح قيادي في حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس، أن لقاءات “هامة” عقدت بين قيادة حماس والمسؤولين الإيرانيين و”حزب الله” اللبناني، بهدف “تسوية الخلافات” التي نشأت إثر الموقف من الأوضاع في سورية، وإعادة العلاقات إلى سابق عهدها، من دون تحديد الموعد الدقيق لهذه اللقاءات.
وقال القيادي في حماس أحمد يوسف، لوكالة فرانس برس إن “لقاءً هاماً عقد خلال هذا الشهر بين قياديين اثنين بارزين في حماس، والمسؤوليين الإيرانيين وبمشاركة قادة من حزب الله، تم خلالها بحث العلاقات المشتركة الاستراتيجية بين الحركة وإيران”.
وأضاف يوسف، إن “الجانبين شددا على حرصهما ورغبتهما في مواصلة العلاقة الطيبة والتنسيق المشترك، وتم التأكيد على أن حماس شريك استراتيجي لإيران، وأن العدو المشترك هو الاحتلال الإسرائيلي
المصدر : وكالة أوقات الشام الإعلامية حماس وإيران وحزب الله يسوّون الخلافات إثر الموقف من الأزمة السورية
I maintain my belief that nations and governments involved in this war will only change their position if their interests or their security are threatened, forget about ethics and morals, this war is dirty and both parties ,and their backers, have sinned.

July 27th, 2013, 6:28 pm


don said:

Libya is heating up!

Massive jailbreak near Benghazi, Libya, lets more than 1,000 inmates free

In Tripoli, protesters appeared to be inspired by events in neighboring Egypt, where millions took to the streets Friday to answer a call from the army chief, who said he wanted a mandate to stop “potential terrorism” by supporters of the country’s ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood.

“We don’t want the Brotherhood, we want the army and the police,” Libyan protesters chanted, repeating a slogan also used in Egypt. Libya’s nascent security forces are struggling to control the country’s militias, most of whom have roots in the rebel groups that overthrew Qaddafi in 2011.

Al-Musmari, who used to publicly criticize the Brotherhood, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Benghazi.

Some protesters stormed the headquarters of a Brotherhood-affiliated political party and another Islamist-allied party in the capital, destroying furniture. Witnesses say a Brotherhood party office was also stormed in Benghazi.

Protesters angry with the Libya’s weak central government also targeted the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), ransacking its headquarters. The party came on top in Libya’s first free parliamentary elections last year.

Security forces in Libya have been unable to impose their authority on the country since Qaddafi’s ouster. Militias, many made up of former rebels who fought in the civil war that toppled Qaddafi, have grown in strength and in many areas rival the security forces in their firepower and reach. The armed forces also rely on militias for help securing the country in some cases.

On Saturday, a colonel was killed by gunmen in Benghazi. Another three security members were killed a day earlier when gunmen opened fire on them.

July 27th, 2013, 7:18 pm


Syrian said:

Syrian Government Blamed for Ballistic Missile Attack

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A missile attack by government forces on the city of Aleppo in northern Syria killed at least 29 people, including 19 children, Syrian monitors said Saturday

July 27th, 2013, 7:26 pm


don said:

Pay back time

Libya on edge after UAE embassy attack

The Emirati embassy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade Thursday. No injuries were reported in the attack though the embassy building in western Tripoli suffered minor damage.

July 27th, 2013, 7:26 pm


ilya said:

War in Syria inspires Kurdish unity
Northern Syria sees battles between Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired groups, as Kurds prepare for election and autonomy.
A new front is opening in Syria’s devastating civil war as Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired fighters take advantage of a power vacuum to fight for control of key northern towns.

Self-ruling in most of the north-east, the Kurdish autonomy project has been dealt a blow, as Islamists have emerged as a powerful group, attempting to establish a religious state in the north.

Clashes have engulfed two strategic towns on the Turkish border after Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad withdrew his forces to let both sides battle it out while he confronts the Free Syrian Army in other regions.

Battles for the two towns between Kurds and Islamist fighters are bringing rare unity to the fractious Kurds as they prepare for elections that will establish the basis of self-rule.

“This unity is crucial to the success of the implementation of an autonomous administration and proposed elections,” said Christian Sinclair, a Syria expert and president of the Kurdish Studies Association at the university of Arizona.

Divided between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, Kurds form the largest ethnic group without a state in the world and in Syria number nearly three million people.

Syria’s Kurds took the first step towards full autonomy in July 2012, when Assad withdrew his army and bureaucrats from Kurdish territories in the north-east in a bid to bolster support as the uprising against him unfolded.

After decades of oppression, lack of recognition and assimilation, the Kurds hoisted the flag of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – the most powerful Kurdish party in Syria and the only one with an armed wing.

A year on Kurdish regions including Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) and Afrin in the west are now being administered by PYD committees, and the party’s leader Salih Muslim has announced elections for an interim local parliament, raising the stakes in the pursuit of self-rule.

Muslim told Al Jazeera that whatever the outcome of Syria’s civil war, the Kurds will retain their objective of autonomy and have no separatist ambitions.

“Autonomy was always our project and is now accepted by our people. Our measures taken now will always be valid,” he said.

“But we have never had a project to split from Syria for a separate state, we will always be under Syrian state authority. After the war, we will reach an agreement with all the parties in Syria for the future of our territory.
read more here

July 27th, 2013, 7:52 pm


Uzair8 said:

Posted on Yalla Souriya about an hour ago:

#Syria, formation of Division 10th at Lattakia



Posted on Yalla Souriya about an hour ago:

#Syria, Homs Rebels use small drone- shows pictures of Assad-forces


July 27th, 2013, 8:10 pm


don said:

Another monster bites the dust

Pittsburgh man reportedly dead in Syria

Family members said he traveled to Turkey in February or March and later crossed into Syria.

Ibrahim’s U.S. and Egyptian passports — and passports of 14 other men from several Middle Eastern countries — were recovered in northeast Syria after a battle between Syrian Kurdish militiamen and militants from al-Sham and the Islamic State of Iraq, a terrorist group formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq.

July 27th, 2013, 8:15 pm


omen said:

not sure. i think this confirms dr. al khayer is dead.

i didn’t know him but if this is indication of what kind of person he was, he must have been a remarkable man.

While in Assad’s dungeons, Dr. al Khayer was able to convince his jailers to convert a cell to a clinic so he could treat his fellow prisoners.

my condolences to friends & family. may he rest in peace.

July 27th, 2013, 8:16 pm


habib said:

248. Hopeful

92 protesters killed in Egypt yesterday is worse than anything that happened in the early Syrian uprising.

The parallels are obvious and my point is that it undermines the “sectarianism of the regime” narrative completely.

And please stop wasting time and space, “Akbar Palace”, no one on either side cares about your rants. Or well, maybe Tara does.

July 27th, 2013, 9:09 pm


zoo said:

The Opposition lives in a total illusion to the point of being absurd and ridicule. Why the hell Bashar al Assad would relinquish power when he is winning?

We’re ready to talk, Syrian opposition tells Security Council
Taimur Khan
Jul 28, 2013

New York // Syria’s western-backed rebel leaders met the United Nations Security Council for the first time on Friday and said they were prepared to attend peace talks if the Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, relinquished power.

They also called on Russia to end its political and military support for Damascus.

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July 27th, 2013, 9:18 pm


don said:

Egyptians Accuse Syrian “Refugees” of Aiding the Muslim Brotherhood

Considering that most of the refugees from the Syrian Civil War are either Sunni Islamists fleeing Assad’s army or Christians fleeing the Sunni Islamists rebels, that’s not terribly surprising. The Christians aren’t likely to be aiding the Brotherhood, but they’re also not heading to Egypt, for the most part.

And the Syrian Sunni Islamists are often Brotherhood members or Brotherhood allies. So naturally they’re causing trouble in Egypt.

350,000 refugees in a country even as large as Egypt are a problem. The media is naturally taking the Brotherhood side and claiming the refugees are innocent.

And the UN and Human Rights Watch are already jumping on it.

July 27th, 2013, 10:09 pm


don said:

A voice for Arab Christians in Germany

A new central council of oriental Christians has been formed in Germany to raise public awareness of the problems Arab Christians are facing in conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Egypt and Iraq.

Around 200,000 oriental Christians live in Germany – many of them already in the second or third generation. The newly founded Central Council of Oriental Christians in Germany, known by its German acronym, ZOCD, is meant to give them a voice and put the spotlight on the difficult situation of Christians in the Arab world.

Members of oriental Christian churches feel they are well integrated into German society, says ZOCD chairman Simon Jacob. That is why, in the past, there was little need to set up an organization like the new council. But developments in the Middle East and North Africa have changed that. “It was necessary that we come together in order to have a political voice,” Jacob told Deutsche Welle.

The ZOCD consists of representatives from the Coptic Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox and Eastern Apostolic churches. In the past week, the Council made its first public appearance in Munich.

“The trend in the home countries of oriental Christians is clearly towards Islamization,” says Steinberg. The number of Christians in Iraq has dropped by half since 2003 because many have fled due to the Islamist’s repressive tactics, notes Steinberg. In Syria, Christians were long protected by the Assad regime, which looked for support from anyone it could win over; in particular minorities, like the Alawites, Christians and Druze, he says.

July 27th, 2013, 10:21 pm


zoo said:

#282 Ghufran

Hamas has been weakened by its betrayal of Syria followed by his alliance with Egypt and Turkey under the Moslem Brotherhood umbrella.
Now Egypt is accusing Hamas of having helped Morsi in a jail break and Hamas are persona non grata in Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Therefore Hamas is going back to its ex-allies (Syria, Hezbollah and Iran) who seem to have forgiven them their disloyalty.
In the meantime, taking advantage of Hamas weakness and the chaos in the Syria and Egypt, Kerry has rushed to Abbas to organize the ‘ Israeli peace talks’ for fear the Egypt-Israel accord collapses.
Iran, Syria and Hamas are opposed to these talks they see as forced in the throat of the Palestinians at a time where the Arab world is in a turmoil and weakened.
Like most of the previous talks that do not involve Hamas, they will fail.

July 27th, 2013, 10:46 pm


don said:

Syrian, Egyptian Christians seek refuge in Caucasus, but not all plan to stay

TBILISI, Georgia

“In Egypt, it’s difficult to get visas to the U.S. or Europe,” 50-year-old Adel says. “We didn’t chose Georgia, Georgia is choosing us.”

He’s not alone. Christian minorities from both Egypt and Syria are starting to look to the South Caucasus countries of Georgia and Armenia as a refuge from violence and uncertainly.

Georgia has issued nearly 2,000 visas to Egyptians this year — almost all to Coptic Christians — after giving out just 222 last year, according to government figures cited by Eurasianet. The country of 4.5 million now estimates about 2,500 Egyptians live there.

Armenia has gone as far as announcing the creation of “New Aleppo” — a housing development outside the capital Yerevan that has reportedly drawn interest from 600 Syrian Armenian families.

More than 7,000 Syrian Armenians have already expressed the desire to relocate to Armenia, according to the Armenian government, which sees the possible immigrants as a potential boost to a stagnant economy and population fall.

The situation is similar in Armenia. Like the Copts in Egypt, Syrian Armenians have long been supporters of the secular government of President Bashar al-Assad. Many fear retribution from rebels should the civil war drag on or if Assad falls.

Yerevan has gone as far as to offer passports to Syrians with Armenian heritage at its consulates in Syria. But Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Regional Security Center, says that Armenia’s sluggish economy and endemic corruption make it an unattractive destination for its worldwide diaspora — even for those fleeing war.

“Despite the apparent urgency of the crisis for Armenians in Syria, Armenia remains a remote and distant focus,” Giragosian wrote in Oxford Analytica in December. “Even some of those now coming to Yerevan may be only treating it as a temporary refuge.”

Georgia’s secessionist province of Abkhazia has also sought to attract immigrants fleeing strife in the Middle East. Abkhazia has been free from Georgian control since forcing out government troops in a 1993-1994 conflict and has been recognized as independent by Russia and a few of its allies.

Largely depopulated after forcing out more than 200,000 ethnic Georgians following the war, it has now invited Syrian Circassians to settle there. Circassians are ethnically linked to the Abkhaz: they were expelled from the Caucasus in the late 19th century by the Russian Empire and many ended up scattered throughout the Middle East.

Abkhazia claims it has welcomed and housed about 400 refugee families from Syria.

July 27th, 2013, 11:08 pm


ziad said:

Sunni killing Shia in Syria and Pakistan. Sunni killing Sunni in Egypt – and all during Ramadan. What a mess this Ummah is in.

George Galloway

July 27th, 2013, 11:20 pm


don said:

123 killed by Syrian rebels in Aleppo province

Most of those killed in Khan al-Asal were unarmed civilians, the state-run SANA news agency said, adding that medical examination identified six of the dead bodies.

Quoting an official source, SANA said the perpetrators would pay a steep price for their crime, adding that the Syrian army is always on standby.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the massacre, holding regional countries which support the insurgency in Syria responsible for the mass killing.

What happened in Khan al-Asal over the past few days revealed the role of some regional countries that provide military, financial and logistical support to the armed terrorist groups, the ministry said in a letter of complaint to the UN.

It charged that those countries have given the go-ahead to the rebels to commit their massacre, accusing some permanent members of the UN of supporting the rebels in Syria, in reference to the United States and some pro-opposition European countries.

July 27th, 2013, 11:24 pm


don said:

Katy Burns: On Syria, a sober answer to McCain’s question

Oh, yes, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told us what further intervention – the use of American military force – in the ongoing civil war in Syria could cost this country in both dollars and in the blood of our troops.

Dempsey – a highly decorated career soldier who doesn’t buy bluster – had been challenged by Sen. John McCain, who with his Senate pal Lindsay Graham (and occasionally our own Kelly Ayotte) is seemingly hell-bent on getting this nation more involved in the Syrian quagmire. McCain informed the world that he would put a hold – a particularly odious gimmick employed by senators who want to bring proceedings in that once august body to a screeching halt – on the appointment of Dempsey for a second term unless Dempsey gave him really good reasons why the U.S. shouldn’t charge into Syria.

So Dempsey did. And he made it plain, in a simple three-page letter to the Senate, that it would cost a bundle to intervene – up to several billion a month, depending on what options are chosen.

It could entail the commitment of “hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines and other enablers” and require troops ranging “from several hundred to thousands” with serious risks of loss of American planes and lives.

We could provoke retaliatory strikes by Syria’s well-equipped military – including wider use of chemical weapons – and cause more inadvertent civilian casualties

The use of force would be, he said bluntly and without equivocation, “no less than an act of war.”

We need to know the consequences. Our political leaders need to know them. Our armchair generals need to know them. Because we sure didn’t know them the last time we blithely went to war. Or at least no one told us beforehand.

Consider. Before we invaded Iraq, the Bush administration told the Congress and the nation that the likely price tag of the quickie excursion would be a paltry $50 billion to $60 billion. And we would, for that price tag, be out of that country, with a new, democratic government installed, within a handful of months. When Bush’s first economic advisor, Lawrence Lindsay, said the war would more likely cost in the neighborhood of perhaps $100 or even $200 billion, he was ousted from his job.

In fact, the price for our Iraq misadventure is more likely to be upwards of $3 trillion – yep, trillion, an amount one can’t really fully grasp – when all the costs, including lifetime care for grievously wounded troops, are included.

Once we kicked out Saddam Hussein and set up a government, we were told, we could vamoose. When then-Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki candidly told Congress that we really would need more like “several hundred thousand” soldiers to keep order, he was rebuked by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, he was iced out of the inner circle, and his estimate was called “wildly off the mark” by Paul Wolfowitz, one of the administration’s more enthusiastic war hawks.

In the end, of course, many hundreds of thousands of American troops rotated in and out of that wretched country for almost a decade. And what we ultimately left is something less than a grand democracy.

This time, Dempsey made clear, lessons have been learned.

“We have learned from the last 10 years . . . that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state. We must anticipate and be prepared for the unintended consequences of our action. Should the regime’s institutions collapse in the absence of a viable opposition, we could inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seek to control,” he wrote.

July 28th, 2013, 12:26 am


Ghufran said:

An article on Fadl Shaker was posted at NY Times, here is a piece:

“God willing, we’ll take what we deserve with our own hands, because there is no state, there are no judges, there is nothing,” he threatened in a live television interview shortly before his disappearance. “We’re living in the jungle.”
Mr. Shaker’s early life in many ways resembled the script of an Arab television melodrama. Born to a Lebanese father and a Palestinian mother, he grew up in a poor neighborhood adjacent to the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon. He never finished high school, but his neighbors discovered his musical talent early and booked him to sing at weddings.
As his fame spread, he gave larger concerts in Lebanon and abroad, releasing albums and music videos that made him a household name throughout the Arab world. His hits included romantic ballads like “O Absent One,” “I Forgot to Forget You” and “Come, My Love.”
His former chauffeur, Hani al-Sin, said that Mr. Shaker had been religious but not zealous. He prayed, but his restaurant served alcohol, and Mr. Shaker liked to play cards, which some strict Muslims consider sinful.
The first changes came gradually. A few years ago, he informed the restaurant staff without explanation that alcohol would no longer be sold there. Some of his friends attributed the decision to family pressure. His mother was devout, and his older brother, Abdel-Rahman, had joined the Sunni militant group Jund Al-Sham.
In 2010, Mr. Shaker took the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. He accepted fewer performances after his return and announced last year that he would sing pop music no more.
Other signs of religiosity followed. He let his beard grow and performed religious ballads at mass rallies held by Sunni groups in support of the Syrian rebels.
He also took up with a local firebrand sheik, Ahmad al-Assir, who had gained notoriety for calling for the disarming of Hezbollah and orchestrating media stunts to draw attention to his cause. Sheik Assir also spoke in support of Syria’s rebels, once traveling to Syria, where he was filmed firing a machine gun from a rooftop.
Mr. Shaker became a regular at Sheik Assir’s mosque and appeared with him in public and on television talk shows. During one interview, Mr. Shaker sang a jihadist anthem, declaring, “Do not cry for me if I fall, for death does not scare me and I intend to die a martyr.”

July 28th, 2013, 1:30 am


Ghufran said:

هيفاء بيطار

لا يخلو بيت سوري من مأساة، أو مشروع مأساة، وقد تشكلت لدي قناعة بأنني كل يوم على موعد مع سوريين طفح بهم الكيل من الصبر والقهر لكن لا يملكون حلاً لمصابهم. والتقيت رجلاً في الخمسين من عمره يشع وجهه وداعة الهزيمة، صرتُ أميز تلك الملامح المرتسمة على وجوه السوريين: هدوء أقرب إلى الذهول، نظرة سارحة في المجهول المُخيف، كما لو أن السوري صار يشك في أنه على قيد الحياة. التقيت أبو هيثم، رجل وديع من الغنيمية (قرية على طريق حلب) كان يعيش في بيت جميل وبسيط ولديه ثلاثة أولاد أكبرهم هيثم-19 سنة- الذي كان يخدم في الجندية، ومنذ الأشهر الأولى للثورة استشهد هيثم في جبل الزاوية، وتحول إلى «الشهيد البطل» ووالده إلى «والد الشهيد»، وأمه إلى «أم الشهيد»، وإخوته إلى «إخوة الشهيد»، حكى لي أبو هيثم أن الدولة دفعت له حوالى مليون ليرة سورية كتعويض عن استشهاد ابنه، غص وهو يتكلم ولم يستطع أن يواجه نظرتي.
قال كأنه يحدث نفسه : كأن للإنسان ثمناً والله مال الدنيا لا يعوضني عن حبيب قلبي، ولأنه رجل بسيط فقد ذل لسانه وقال للمقربين إنه خبأ المليون ليرة تحت بلاطة في المطبخ، وبعد أيام اكتشف أن ثمن الشهيد، أي المليون ليرة قد سُرقت، في تلك الفترة كانت المعارك محتدمة في محيط قرية الغنيمية، بل أصابتها قذائف كثيرة وصواريخ وهرب العديد من أسرها، واحترق البستان الذي كان أبو هيثم يزرع فيه الخضار والفاكهة ويعيش من بيع محصوله. حزر أبو هيثم من سرقه ولحسن حظه فإن السارق اعترف أنه سرق المليون ليرة، وبما أن الفوضى في عصرها الذهبي في سوريا، والمواطن يشعر أنه مُهمل ولا أحد يبالي به فالكل مشغول بمعركة الحسم، فقد نصح البعض أبو هيثم أن يلجأ إلى محكمة دينية شرعية يترأسها أمير –ليس سورياً– بل على الأغلب مغربي، كما خمن أبو هيثم، وعُقدت المحكمة الشرعية وتواجه المسروق مع السارق منتظرين حكم الأمير الذي قضى –ويا للتشويق الدرامي!- بأن على اللص أن يُعيد فقط ربع المبلغ إلى أبو هيثم، لأن المال الذي دُفع للأب المفجوع هو مال الدولة!
ووفق المحكمة الخُلبية إياها هو مال حرام !كنت أصغي مذهولة لقصة أبو هيثم وأنا أكرر كببغاء بيني وبين نفسي: هذا ما يحصل في سورية، وسألت أبو هيثم : هل رضيت بالحكم؟ فابتسم بمرارة وقال: شو طالع بيدي! عبارة تلخص حال المواطن السوري الذي لا يشعر بمواطنته أبداً والذي يستسلم لكل ما يصيبه لأنه عارف سلفاً أن لا أحد يبالي به، قال لي: صدقيني لم أحزن كثيراً لخسارة المال، بل على العكس أحياناً، أشعر أن روح هيثم ستتألم حين يعرف أنه يساوي كذا ليرة، ابن التسعة عشر عاماً مات! كان يهز رأسه مُروعاً من مصابه الذي تكلل بتهدم بيته ونزوحه إلى اللاذقية وانتظاره المعونات الإنسانية، وأظن أن كلمة إنسانية صار لها معنى آخر في سوريا، إذ تعني أن لا أحد يأنس للآخر، كان رجلاً مُحطماً كملايين السوريين، مات ابنه ودُمر بيته واحترق بستانه مصدر رزقه ولا يزال قادراً على المشي!
وحين سألته لِمَ لم يلجأ إلى المحكمة ليشكو الأمير إياه والمحكمة الشرعية التي… شهق ولم يتركني أكمل، وقال بما يُشبه الصراخ: ماذا تقولين، «ولك أنا بخاف من النظام ومن المعارضة، من المحكمة الشرعية وغير الشرعية»، ولم أفهم تماماً ما أراد أن يقول، لكن عبارته التي انفلتت منه بعفوية آسرة -أنا بخاف من النظام ومن المعارضة– انحفرت في ذهني، وأشعرتني بانقشاع غلالة عن عقلي، إذ إن الحقيقة كل الحقيقة، هي في تلك العبارة البسيطة البليغة والمُذهلة بصدقها التي قالها أبو هيثم.

July 28th, 2013, 1:53 am


omen said:

cspan this am:

9:15am (ET): War in Syria

Michael Doran talks about the Obama administration’s plan to provide military assistance to rebel forces in Syria.

call in questions:

Democrats: (202) 585-3880
Republicans: (202) 585-3881
Independents: (202) 585-3882
Outside U.S.: (202) 585-3883

July 28th, 2013, 5:16 am


omen said:

is this what i think it is? are the two sides…chatting??

July 28th, 2013, 7:17 am


zoo said:

@296 Ziad

We don’t hear about Shias killing Shias…

It seems the Sunnis are in a serious crisis of identity, lost between Al Qaeda, Moslem Brotherhood, salafism, takfirism and ‘moderates’ and between Saudi Arabia and Qatar funded breeding nests of terrorism and Turkey’s illusion of being a secular country and influencing the Arabs.
No wonder poorer Arab Sunni countries are in a mess.

July 28th, 2013, 8:26 am


zoo said:

After the victory in Khalidieh , the largest district in Homs, the totality of Homs is about to be liberated from the Islamists terrorists and their servile allies.

Congratulations to the heroic and ‘militiaficated’ Syrian Army!

July 28th, 2013, 8:33 am


zoo said:

Column: The West loves democracy, in theory

In Africa, the U.S and other Western countries have come a long way from the time they backed military despots such as the Zaire’s (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) Mobutu Sese Seko, but their attitude to the Middle East has remained the same.
Experts say that because of oil and protection of Israel, dictators have often been given a pass because they are allies. These leaders may be harsh and murderous, but because they are the West’s thugs, and that’s fine. And where democratic governments strayed from the Western line, it was okay to procure their removal. Iran is now Public Enemy No. 1 in the West, but few remember that the seeds of the religious autocracy that rules the country today were sown when the U.S. and U.K. authored a 1953 coup that removed democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, paving the way for the rule of the Shah of Iran. We know how that story ended, and the West is now reaping the whirlwind.

The handling of Morsi’s removal shows the West has still not learned the lesson.

July 28th, 2013, 8:37 am


revenire said:

Omen you changed your Twitter name to “Free Homs”? The army is about to do just that. Weird coincidence or are you a secret agent? Ha ha.

July 28th, 2013, 8:48 am


zoo said:

More achievements of the heroic and ‘militiaficated’ Syrian Army

Syrian Army Destroys Al-Qaeda Military Bases in Idlib, Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army demolished seven Al-Qaeda bases in the Northwestern and Central parts of the country.

In the Central province of Hama, the army units targeted and destroyed bases of Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups in al-Kamb, Zizoun, Harz al-Qazaiyeh and Mazra’eh al-Jaydat regions killing tens of militants and injuring dozens more in heavy clashes, FNA dispatches said Saturday.

In Reef (outskirts of) Idlib in Northwestern Syria, government troops demolished the bases of insurgents in Saraqeb, Marata and al-Moghareh regions.

Meantime, the army repelled the armed rebels’ attacks on Idlib city killing tens of militants and injuring dozens more

July 28th, 2013, 8:50 am


zoo said:

It appear that until now the ‘militiaficated’ Syrian Army is more effective than the “alnusraficated” FSA.

July 28th, 2013, 8:57 am


zoo said:

Tunisia watching what happens in Egypt, is acting quickly to save its Islamist government from the same fate

Tunisia leaders aim for new power-sharing deal ‘in coming hours’

As tensions have skyrocketed in Tunisia since the assassination Brahmi, secular opposition groups begin organising protests and demand the dissolution of the Islamist-led government
Reuters , Sunday 28 Jul 2013

July 28th, 2013, 9:09 am


revenire said:

Hope it isn’t anyone from the forum?!?!

Pittsburgh man reportedly dead in Syria

CAIRO — An American-Egyptian man born in Pittsburgh is missing in Syria and reported dead in fighting between Islamic militants and Kurdish militia.

July 28th, 2013, 10:17 am


revenire said:

“It appear that until now the ‘militiaficated’ Syrian Army is more effective than the ‘alnusraficated’ FSA.”

Ha ha very clever.

July 28th, 2013, 10:18 am


ghufran said:

look at how the tone and content of Egyptian media on Syria are changing:

(posted FYI, not as an endorsement of the message in the video)

According to pro regime media, alkhalidya is under the control of the Syrian army:
قال مصدر عسكري أن الجيش السوري سيطر بالكامل على حي الخالدية بحمص.
وكان مصدر سوري قال اليوم أن منطقة الخالدية في حمص ستعلن آمنة خلال ساعات قليلة مؤكدا أن الجيش بسط كامل سيطرته على المنطقة المذكورة، فيما لا يزال بعض القناصة التابعون للمعارضة المسلحة يتمركزون في أطرافها.
المصدر قال أن الجيش يلاحق فلول المسلحين في أطراف المنطقة بقصد تصفية من تبقى وخصوصا القناصة على أن يتم إعلان الخالدية منطقة آمنة في وقت قريب لن يتجاوز الساعات.

July 28th, 2013, 11:03 am


ghufran said:

الائتلاف الوطني المعارض وقيادة اركان الجيش الحر يدينون “المجزرة”
التي وقعت بحق جنود النظام في منطقة خان العسل بحلب
وأكد الائتلاف الوطني السوري وقيادة أركان الجيش السوري الحر في بيان “إدانتهما المطلقة لكل خرق يطال ميثاق جنيف، بغض النظر عن الجهة التي تقف وراءه”.
وأوضح البيان أنه “فيما يتعلق بالحادثة الأخيرة، التي كشفت بعض مقاطع الفيديو المسربة من حلب، وقوع ما يبدو أنه إعدام جماعي لعدد كبير من الجنود، فإن الائتلاف يجدد إدانته لهذا الفعل، ويعلن عن تشكيل لجنة تحقيق في الحادثة”.
وشدد البيان “على ضرورة ملاحقة كل من يثبت ضلوعه في ارتكاب أي جريمة”، مشيراً إلى أن “المستفيد الوحيد من مثل هذه الخروقات، هو نظام الأسد والعصابات والميليشيات الموالية والداعمة له”.
The NC’s condemnation of the massacre in khan al-asal was not received well by many on the opposition side including sites like aks alser (one of the most visited internet pro opposition news sites).
This is Muhammad Habash take on Bashar and the massacre:
قال البرلماني السوري السابق محمد حبش على صفحته في موقع التواصل الاجتماعي فيسبوك رسالة لبشار الأسد أكد فيها أن الأخير تحول إلى طاغية دموي بسبب الكرسي.
و كتب حبش ” أما انا فكنت أتوقع أنه عندما يبلغ عدد الشهداء في سوريا عشرة فستقف أمام الشعب وتقول لهم لا استطيع ان اتحمل اكثر من ذلك ساستقيل واختاروا لانفسكم ايها الناس.. هكذا كان رهاني، وللاسف خسرت الرهان وثبت أنني لا أفقه شيئاً في السياسة ولا في نوازع السياسيين
و تابع ” لم أكن أتخيل أن سحر الكرسي سيحولك إلى طاغية دموي، لا يهزك جوع الملايين ولا شرادهم ولا مئات الآلاف من القتلى، اليوم .. إذا كان لا يعنيك موت الملايين من شعبك ، ففكر على الأقل في موت الآلاف من أنصارك .. يموتون في المكان الخطأ “.
و أضاف : ” مثلما أبكاني جرائم صواريخ سكود تنزل على رؤوس الآمنين في حلب أبكاني أيضاً مشهد المجندين في خان العسل وهم يصارعون الموت لأسباب لا علاقة لها على الإطلاق بأي هدف نبيل .. إنها لعبة الموت في عالم لا مكان فيه للعدالة والمنطق .. كان يمكن أن يستشهدوا في المكان الصحيح وحينذاك سيمجدهم الموالي والمعارض وينحنون إجلالاً لشهادتهم ونبلهم وإخلاصهم .. هل ستتصرف يوماً واحداً كإنسان؟؟؟ وتفعلها؟؟؟ وما ذلك على الله بعزيز “.

Another incident that received a lot of attention is this video
(an officer in the Syrian army talking to rebels in Mlayha):

اذاعة شام اف ام الموالية للنظام تقول ان الضابط الذي كان يحاور المسلحين وهو العقيد مصطفى شدود استشهد في وقت لاحق بمنطقة المليحة في الغوطة الشرقية بريف دمشق
(aks alser used the term Istush’hed for the first time when describing fallen Syrian army soldiers)

July 28th, 2013, 11:32 am


Tara said:

Congratulations to the heroic “hezballized” Syrian army for its heroic black history. 

Syria missile strike kills 19 children
At least 29 people, mostly children, died in a regime missile strike on the Syrian city of Aleppo, a watchdog said, as Hizbollah-backed regime forces advanced in flashpoint Homs.

July 28th, 2013, 11:45 am


ziad said:


السياسي المصري مرتضى منصور : جزمة بشـار الأسـد أشرف واطهر من اوباما .

July 28th, 2013, 11:57 am


zoo said:

It seems the Syrian Army have chosen a better and united ‘terrorist’ military organization as partner than the FSA with its 1,200 Islamists militias allies that Selim Idriss has been trying desperately to unite.

Syrians, Hezbollah set to retake key Homs rebel area

The complete fall of Homs, dubbed by rebels “the capital of the revolution” against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, would be a major coup for the government as the city straddles a key route linking Damascus to the Mediterranean coast.

State television said the army now controlled most of the Khaldiyeh district and broadcast footage of the destruction, including rubble-strewn streets and bodies it reported were of fighters.

An officer told the channel: “Only the northern sector is left (under rebel control), and that will be liberated within 24 hours.”

Some seven neighbourhoods in the Old City also remain in rebel hands, but troops appear determined to dislodge them as they did in the Homs province town of Qusayr, which they seized in June with help from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militiamen.

On Sunday afternoon, regime forces also shelled rebel strongholds in the Old City, the Britain-based Observatory said.

“The army and Hezbollah control a major part of Khaldiyeh after having gained ground (over the past 24 hours) and fighting is now concentrated on the northern and southern outskirts of the district,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

But the opposition National Coalition dismissed the army’s reported advances in Khaldiyeh as “fictitious victories” and accused the regime of having dumped “tonnes of bombs” on the area.

July 28th, 2013, 12:31 pm


ziad said:

Christians Flock to Syria to Defend Assad and Holy Sites

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Womens Rights Advocate Obama Wages Holy War on Syria Using Terrorists To Destroy Holy Sites

Christians and other groups will not sit back any longer and watch as Obama backed terrorist destroy ancient monuments in Syria. Hezbollah are in Syria to protect the mosques and now Iraqi Shiites are heading for Syria to protect their holy shrines.

Obama has ignored a petition sent by Bishops from central and north America for the release of two Catholic Bishops who have been kidnapped by the Obama funded FSA.

Churches and mosques are being systematically destroyed and desecrated, statues destroyed. History in Syria, which belongs to everyone in this world, being destroyed, by the USA, who have no regard for history as they have none of their own.

July 28th, 2013, 12:39 pm


zoo said:

Wahabism on the road to Pakistan

Saudi Arabia to send Imams to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, July 25, (KUNA) — Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Sardar Mohammed Yousaf met in Saudi Arabia the head of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, who announced that two imams from the Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina will be sent to Pakistan every year.
The Pakistani minister said that King Abdullah attached great importance to Pakistan and its people, indicating that such acts are aimed at promoting ties between the two countries.
Sheikh Al-Sudais said that relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were based on great understanding and reverence. He also prayed for the Muslim Ummah and progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

July 28th, 2013, 12:41 pm


zoo said:

Post-revolution happy days in Libya continue. The new target is the Moslem Brotherhood once branded as the hope for a ‘moderate’ political Sunni Islam in the Arab world

Libya: Security and political situations deteriorate

Parliamentary blocs continue to threaten withdrawal from political processes as foreign embassies close due to increasing violence

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—The funeral of the well-known Libyan activist and lawyer, Abd Al-Salam Al-Mismary, was held on Saturday. He was shot dead by unknown assailants while exiting a mosque in Benghazi after Friday prayers. The shooting came as part of a series of assassinations that have swept the country in recent months.

In response to the assassination, angry demonstrators attacked the headquarters of the Justice and Construction Party—the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood—in Benghazi. National Forces Alliance offices were also attacked. Together the two blocs dominate Libya’s parliament, the General National Congress.

July 28th, 2013, 12:47 pm


zoo said:

Opinion: Egypt’s Fatwa War

The fugitive general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood shocked everybody when in his latest weekly message he wrote that the Egyptian army chief’s ouster of Mohamed Mursi was akin to destroying the Ka’aba. Badie said: “I swear by God almighty that what Sisi has done in Egypt is more criminal then if he had . . . demolished the holy Ka’aba stone by stone.” Perhaps one should excuse Badie, for he is clearly suffering a nervous breakdown following the collapse of Muslim Brotherhood rule.

As for the most famous Brotherhood jurist, Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, he also did not hold back from what he excels in: issuing fatwas and inciting the public. On his official website, Qaradawi claimed that the Egyptian army chief’s call for demonstrations to support the military were nothing more than incitement to murder, saying that it would be religiously impermissible to respond to this.

July 28th, 2013, 12:51 pm


ziad said:

U.S. Desperation Leading to New Petrodollar Wars in Syria, Iran

U.S. Middle East Policy: Divide and Conquer

How many countries has Iran invaded or even sabotaged in the last 60 years?


On the contrary, how many countries has the U.S. invaded and/or sabotaged over the last 60 years?
Too many to count on this show.

Friends, it is all about controlling the access to oil. We all know that by now, right?

Well, I don’t think so. Many in America seem intent on waging perpetual war in the region.

War will never permanently cease until Christ returns. It just simply won’t happen…

What about Saudi Arabia?

Doesn’t the Washington elites know that “we the people” know that Saudi Arabia poses the greatest threat in the Middle East?

– 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.

– A secret cable from Wikileaks showed that the Saudis provide “the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups.”

– The Saudis have some of worst religious freedom violations. The Christian persecution ministry, Open Doors, has rated Saudi Arabia as one of the most repressive regimes in the world against Christians along with North Korea.

– The Saudis are vehemently anti-Semitic, restricting all other religions outside of Islam. Not even a Bible or a crucifix is allowed inside the country and Christians are publicly flogged and executed for their faith.

And despite all of these facts, the U.S. — the so-called “Christian nation” — considers Saudi Arabia one of their closest allies in the region. However, if the Saudis ever decide to move away from the petrodollar system (pricing their oil in U.S. dollars), expect the warmongering neocons to demonize the Saudis and beat their war drums.

A secret U.S. State Department cable released by Wikileaks showed that the U.S. has been attempting to overthrow Syria for years.

The U.S. and Britain are financing terrorists of the worst kind in Syria. Al Qaeda, and the Al Nursa Front, which is linked to Al Qaeda. There are also sketchy reports of Taliban in the region.

For goodness sakes, Syria was a French colony until 1946.

Al Qaeda is growing in dominance throughout Syria. They will not go quietly once Assad is finally ousted from power. We simply cannot afford this. I believe, to be quite frank with you, that our current policy in Syria is absolutely appalling and I do not think sending in the U.S. military is going to make the situation any better.

July 28th, 2013, 12:58 pm


Tara said:

I think Washington Post got it right. The West strategy for the revolution was “seduction and abandonment”. The west does bear responsibility in the killing in my opinion.

Insight – Obama and Syria: a trail of half-steps, mixed messages

By Matt Spetalnick and Warren Strobel
WASHINGTON | Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:08am EDT

July 28th, 2013, 1:04 pm


ziad said:

War In Syria: Why The West Is Losing (April 2013) Part 1.

July 28th, 2013, 1:17 pm


ilya said:

#Syria’s Information Minister: Terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and their supporters will pay dearly
#Syria: Units of the armed forces on Sunday seized control of the villages of Mas’hareh and Tall Mas’hareh in #Quneitra
#Syria: 40 persons who were misled and got involved in the recent events turned themselves and weapons to the competent authorities in #Homs
#Syria: Army units advance further in al-Khalidiyeh neighbourhood in #Homs. Chechen, Jordanian and Saudi terrorists killed in #Latakia

July 28th, 2013, 2:34 pm


ziad said:

Thousands of Syrian police who joined the rebels are on U.S. payroll

The United States has been paying thousands of Syrian police officers who deserted the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved tens of millions of dollars to pay the salaries of police officers who joined the rebels. They said the officers were working to maintain order in rebel-controlled territory, mostly in northern Syria.

July 28th, 2013, 2:41 pm


ilya said:
happy post revolution days in Libya continues

July 28th, 2013, 2:49 pm


zoo said:

The desperate SNC ranting again..

The SNC said what it called a “tactical withdrawal” by Free Syrian Army fighters is “not indicative of [President Bashar] al-Assad’s ability to maintain control over the area.”
Syrian activists say rebels killed 150 government soldiers, some after they surrendered, last week in the village of Khan al-Assal, outside Aleppo, the country’s largest city.
The SNC said initial reports showed “armed groups” not affiliated with the main rebel coalition were involved. It did not elaborate, but the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front says its fighters participated in the battle.

July 28th, 2013, 3:05 pm


omen said:

305. zoo said: We don’t hear about Shias killing Shias…

such a lie. (why does this board let zoo get away with bigotry?)

you don’t see the daily announcements i see of iran hanging dissidents.

also ignores regime record of colluding with alqaeda & other radicals.

you keep pitting shia v sunni when the real fight is between the rich vs the poor, elites vs the disempowered.

saudi sheiks & iranian mullahs have more in common with one another than the population they are supposed to represent.

July 28th, 2013, 3:19 pm


omen said:

can we stop with the pretense the west supports the opposition?

By Hannah Allam| McClatchy Washington Bureau

Idriss isn’t the only one upset at the U.S. foot-dragging on the arms issue. At a meeting with U.S. officials this week at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, Saudi officials demanded to know why the U.S. was holding a new shipment of heavy weapons destined for Syrian rebel militias.

July 28th, 2013, 3:53 pm


Alan said:

Syrian Regime Change A-La-Carte
After committing a half dozen acts of war across the Middle East in recent years, we’re now treated to the absurd spectacle of an American general warning us of the dangers of committing an act of war. On Monday, U.S. General Martin Dempsey starkly outlined options for military action in Syria in a letter to the Senate, ruefully adding a few caveats about costs and collateral damage that triggered some chest-thumping histrionics in the Senate. Dempsey’s menu of warmongering druthers included training and advising the opposition (the term ‘nonlethal’ is always excitedly appended to advisory activities); conducting limited missile strikes; establishing a no-fly zone; creating buffer zones; and controlling chemical weapons. These additional options come even as Congress approves arms shipments to Syrian ‘rebels’……

July 28th, 2013, 4:37 pm


Alan said:

Soon, no more obstacles to the new Sykes-Picot

July 28th, 2013, 4:49 pm


omen said:

327. ziad said: Thousands of Syrian police who joined the rebels are on U.S. payroll

fiction spouted by the same establishment that spread iraq-has-wmd lies.

Hassan Hassan
حسن ‏@hhassan140
Two people who know first-hand information about defected police officers dispute the veracity of the article about they’re on US payroll.

see the rest of his timeline.

can we stop with the pretense the west supports the opposition?

July 28th, 2013, 5:04 pm


Alan said:

ليفنى: مرسى و أردوغان سيدفعان ثمن خروجهما عن مسارنا و طموحهم لبلادهم

July 28th, 2013, 5:09 pm


SimoHurtta said:

330. omen said:

305. zoo said: We don’t hear about Shias killing Shias…

such a lie. (why does this board let zoo get away with bigotry?)

you don’t see the daily announcements i see of iran hanging dissidents.

also ignores regime record of colluding with alqaeda & other radicals.

Congratulations Omen_99. You have now tweeted 34,012 times. CNN’s main account has 33,683 tweets. You alone managed to win a large professional media with your “information feed”. Well done.

How on earth a californian.noSyrian.nonMuslim can have so exact knowledge of how many dissidents Iran is hanging daily. To what announcements do you refer? Can you understand Persian language? Or is your knowledge based on propaganda in English floating around internet. Omen’s incoming network. Hmmmm …

Iran colluding with Al Qaida and other Sunni extremists? Really – you obviously get your detailed knowledge and records through your wide “well informed” twitter network. So in Syria Iran is actually fighting with itself (Assad against Al Qaida you know). Tomorrow you will probably claim, that the Zionist state is in reality a Iranian diversion in order to get USA under their control. Or what?

July 28th, 2013, 5:27 pm


revenire said:

Omen aside from you, and a very few others, who would listen to Hassan Hassan? He has been bleating away in the UAE for years. One of your problems is you listen to Hassan’s sort of babble.

July 28th, 2013, 5:35 pm


omen said:

How on earth a californian.noSyrian.nonMuslim can have so exact knowledge of how many dissidents Iran is hanging daily. To what announcements do you refer? Can you understand Persian language?

suuuuuuch a puzzling mystery.

only a super hybrid jewish-mossad saudi-wahhabi american-cia secret agent like myself is capable of comprehending top-secret classified material!

July 28th, 2013, 5:53 pm


omen said:

can we stop with the pretense the west supports the opposition?

UK sold components of chemical weapons to Assad in past two years while Cameron talked about arming rebels:

July 28th, 2013, 5:59 pm


omen said:

wow, that brave soul who dared a truce between both sides was killed?

July 28th, 2013, 6:17 pm


ilya said:

are you surprised
JBN AL Qaeda thugs will kill anyone who wants peace,even their own people, don’t you get it they want to kill people its in their blood,its lie they came to protect Syrians these evils just want to kill
I cant understand people who want to negotiate with them,because JBN will kill as soon as they turn their back and stab them from behind
are you so naive ?

July 28th, 2013, 6:23 pm


Akbar Palace said:

habib on July 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm248.

Hopeful92 protesters killed in Egypt yesterday is worse than anything that happened in the early Syrian uprising.The parallels are obvious and my point is that it undermines the “sectarianism of the regime” narrative completely.And please stop wasting time and space, “Akbar Palace”, no one on either side cares about your rants. Or well, maybe Tara does.


Thank you for reading my posts. I didn’t expect that.

No one I am familiar with on this website I would consider to be Zionist or even pro-Israel. But I have noticed that if someone doesn’t agree with you or someone else, then they get labeled as a “Zionist”. This is a “cop out”.

I have great respect for anyone who has the audacity to speak about human rights for everyone including arabs, and there are many on this website. Tara is just one such example. I am very impressed by anyone, Islamist or secular, who speaks about freedom, human rights, and rule of law. That is why I am eager to read posts from Omen, Dr. Majedkhaldoun, Syrialover, Observer, Tara, Syrian Hamster, Sandro Loewe, Sami, etc.

July 28th, 2013, 6:57 pm


Uzair8 said:

More like the ‘Shabeehafication’ of the regime army.

July 28th, 2013, 7:54 pm


Uzair8 said:

A couple of Rebel momentum updates:

Posted on Yalla Souria about 5 hours ago:

#Syria, Aleppo, FFs {Freedom Fighters} sneak into regime enclaves at Al Rashideen



[WARNING – Questionable source]

edward dark ‏@edwardedark 42m
fierce clashes on the outskirts of West Aleppo tonight as rebels mount an assault on regime positions there. a very violent day #Syria

July 28th, 2013, 8:05 pm


omen said:

ilya, it’s not clear yet how that man died.

July 28th, 2013, 8:13 pm


Ghufran said:

The army officer you mentioned is referenced in my post # 315, he spoke for most Syrians and was honored by many posters from both sides, people like him provide a glimpse of hope in an otherwise hopeless situation, he lost his life later, may be he was too good to stay alive.

July 28th, 2013, 8:39 pm


Tara said:


Where are you?

Having a nervous breakdown, or being shown Iran by Zoo?

Come fast. I miss you.

July 28th, 2013, 8:42 pm


zoo said:


“U.S. was holding a new shipment of heavy weapons destined for Syrian rebel militias.”

Simply because these weapons are US made and they may be used to kill indiscriminately civilians and minorities. By supplying heavy weapons the USA becomes accomplice to war crimes.
Saudi Arabia’s surprise is naive or part of a scenario to force the opposition to Geneva giving them the illusion that the weapons will frighten and mellow the Syrian Government.

The opposition stupidity and naivety are responsible for the Syrian tragedy.

July 28th, 2013, 9:17 pm


Ghufran said:

More than 9,000 people have signed a petition asking Obama to declare the MB as a terrorist organization, however, 90,000 more signatures are needed by August 6th for the petition to move forward. I do not support the initiative.
Declare Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group
Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas.
A book by one of their prominent figures, Sayyid Qutb, called Ma’alim fi-l-Tariq is the bible for many terrorist groups.
The Muslim Brotherhood has shown in the past few days that it is willing to engage in violence and killing of innocent civilians in order to invoke fear in the hearts of its opponents. This is terrorism.
We ask the US government to declare MB as a terrorist group for a safer future for all of us.
Created: Jul 07, 2013

July 28th, 2013, 9:25 pm


zoo said:

Hurray! The embattled opposition is finally dropping its “written in stone” pre-conditions for Geneva II after allowing thousands of more death since they were asked to a few months ago

Syrian Opposition Leader Says He Would Meet Assad Officials

Published: July 28, 2013

The new head of the main Syrian exile opposition group says he is prepared to attend a peace conference in Geneva with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria without preconditions.

But the group’s new president, Ahmad al-Jarba, said in an interview in New York on Saturday that he wanted assurances from the United States that there would be a deadline for making progress.

“We believe there should be a precise time frame,” Mr. Jarba said. “The regime is used to manipulating the process and wasting time.”

Mr. Jarba, who met last week with Secretary of State John Kerry, said that he would not propose a specific deadline until the talks are closer at hand. But Burhan Ghalioun, a Syrian opposition member who participated in the meeting with Mr. Kerry, said that the opposition believes “Geneva must accomplish something in the first six months.”
Many experts have argued that if the talks are ever convened they are unlikely to make headway in the near term, as Mr. Assad, drawing on arms from Russia and Iran, appears to have the upper hand in the fighting and no interest in yielding power.

Still, American officials have argued that it is important for the opposition to attend the conference to maintain Western support, and because they hope the forum might eventually provide a framework for an agreement to establish a post-Assad transitional government, although it could take months — and perhaps years. Sitting down with representatives of the Assad government, however, remains a delicate issue for the group, which understands that its cooperation on the political front strengthens its appeals for Western military support, but which is also striving to build up its credibility within Syria.

July 28th, 2013, 9:30 pm


zoo said:

Post-revolution happy days continue in Tunisia

Tunisia’s opposition wants to set up alternative government

Jul 29, 2013

TUNIS // Tunisia’s secular opposition, angered by two assassinations in its ranks and emboldened by the overthrow of Egypt’s president, said on Sunday it was considering setting up an alternative “salvation government” to challenge the Islamist-led leadership.
If agreed, the move would mark a significant escalation by the country’s opposition groups, who say they have no interest in reconciliation with the ruling Ennahda party.

“We will meet this evening to discuss creating a new salvation government and will study the possibility of nominating a new prime minister to replace this failed government,” said Jilani Hammami, a leader of the Salvation Front coalition and Tunisian Workers’ Party.

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July 28th, 2013, 9:40 pm


Ghufran said:

Is it really possible to establish a transitional government in Syria with Assad remaining president for an unknown period and the security chiefs staying in their positions?
Assad does not want to step down and his family and close associates are in no mood to compromise because they do not want to lose their privileges and they also fear prosecution. Another obsticle is jihadists who could not care less about what jarba, Kerry and Assad want.
A more realistic plan is to impose a cease fire and find a way to administer areas under opposition control and reach an agreement on what to do with Islamist rebels. A divided country can not form a united government. Assad should have resigned in March of 2011, now he is refusing to say that he will not run in 2014 !!

July 28th, 2013, 10:05 pm


omen said:

there should be more calls for a peacekeeping force.
russia has voiced support for the idea.

In Sierra Leone, one battalion of British paratroopers – about 700 men – saved a capital city with a population of almost one million.

a former diplomat suggested installing turkish forces.

July 28th, 2013, 11:47 pm


omen said:

350. zoo said: “U.S. was holding a new shipment of heavy weapons destined for Syrian rebel militias.”

Simply because these weapons are US made and they may be used to kill indiscriminately civilians and minorities. By supplying heavy weapons the USA becomes accomplice to war crimes.

when are you going to call assad, russia, iran & china war criminals?

July 29th, 2013, 12:07 am


Badr said:

In a thoughtful essay عسكرة أم مقاومة؟, Michel Kilo distinguishes between militarization and resistance, and laments that the revolution has been marred by militarism.

July 29th, 2013, 1:15 am


don said:

American Policy in Tatters as Egypt’s Morsi is Charged

Rumors are circulating in Cairo that Egypt’s generals are preparing to use public support to go beyond the arrest of top Morsi allies; that is, to shut down the Muslim Brotherhood entirely.

That would deny the majority of Egypt’s Islamist high office and effectively prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from playing a meaningful role in the political process going forward.

With inclusion and unity government being the two principles that the United States have advocated throughout Egypt’s most recent turmoil, that might force the hands of an administration that desperately wants to continue business as usual.

July 29th, 2013, 1:55 am


don said:

Morsi backers defiant in face of Egypt govt threat

The islamist Muslim Brotherhood issues a final SOS to their handlers in the West:

“We urge the United Nations, the international human community … to come down and rescue the hundreds of thousands from the massacre by the live ammunition in the hands of the criminals,” senior Brotherhood leader Mohammed el-Beltagi shouted from the stage at the larger of the two Cairo sit-ins.

“We want intervention by the international organizations … to rescue the people. We urge the Egyptian people to come to our rescue. … The people are slaughtered like sheep”,” declared el-Beltagi, who has an arrest warrant issued against him for inciting violence.

Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood’s supreme leader, launched a stinging attack on el-Sissi over the latest violence, saying the military chief was leading a “bloody regime” and urging his followers to stand fast.

“Don’t be sad and don’t despair,” he said in a message that heavily quoted from the Quran, Islam’s holy book. Posted on the Brotherhood’s website, Badie said those killed in the latest violence were martyrs who will be rewarded with a place in heaven.

The usual suspects scrambling to rescue and support the islamist Muslim Brotherhood:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a strongly worded statement telling Egyptian authorities it was “essential” they respect the right to peaceful protest and calling on all sides to enter a “meaningful political dialogue.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also asked security forces to “act with full respect for human rights” and demonstrators to “exercise restraint.”

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, arrived in Cairo on Sunday for her second visit to Egypt this month, a sign of the alarm felt in the West over the continuing bloodshed. She was to meet Egyptian leaders on Monday.

The U.N.’s human rights chief, Navi Pillay, also condemned the violence and called for a “credible, independent investigation” into the killings.

“I fear for the future of Egypt if the military and other security forces, as well as some demonstrators, continue to take such a confrontational and aggressive approach. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have the right to protest peacefully like anyone else,” Pillay said.

July 29th, 2013, 2:16 am


don said:

A “tactical withdrawal” does wonders to the moral of those mercenary destroyers hahahahahahaha!

Syrian troops consolidate gains in Homs city

Government troops have made headway in Homs in recent days, capturing a 13th century landmark mosque in the contested Khaldiyeh neighborhood that had been in rebel hands for more than a year. Homs holds immense symbolic and strategic importance to both sides, and the ferocity of the fighting for control of it has left much of the city in ruins.

On Sunday, Syrian state TV had live coverage from Khaldiyeh, which is located on the northern edge of the Old City, broadcasting footage that showed gaping holes in apartment blocks, shattered buildings with collapsed floors and blackened facades. Soldiers and reporters walked through rubble-strewn streets. The military took TV crews working for pro-regime media outlets deep into the neighborhood, suggesting the army was confident it had secured the area.

An unidentified Syrian army commander standing before a destroyed building in Khaldiyeh told an embedded state TV reporter that the military expected to “liberate” the last part of the district within the next two days.

Syrian government forces captured the ancient Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Khaldiyeh on Saturday. Syrian TV aired a report with video from inside the mosque, showing heavy damage. The video showed debris littering the floor and a portion of the mosque appeared to have been burned.

Syria’s main exiled opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, acknowledged that rebels had retreated from parts of Khaldiyeh, calling it a “tactical withdrawal.”

July 29th, 2013, 2:31 am


don said:

Israeli-Palestinian talks a cover for US aggression in Middle East

The talks offer nothing to the Palestinian working class except more suffering and misery, even as they give Israel everything it wants. So blatant is the cynicism and bullying on the part of both the US and its European allies that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat had said that he would not attend. Erekat, a professional windbag, will naturally attend—on the basis of having secured a measly promise that 104 Palestinian prisoners will be released.

He will be joined by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, confirmation that the PLO and Fatah, its dominant faction, function as little more than clients of US.

The Palestinians are not attending because there is anything on the table or because the talks will lead to an end to the occupation and settlements, much less an independent Palestinian state. They fear the consequences if they do not go. Kerry had made it clear that US aid worth $500 million a year would end if they do not attend. This is under conditions where the PA is unable to pay its monthly wage bill or subsidise rising fuel costs, a key element in the soaring cost of living.

The US House of Representatives has introduced measures in the US foreign operations appropriations bill that would terminate all aid to the PA should it obtain full UN membership or UN agencies without Israel’s agreement. The bill allocates $3.1 billion aid to Israel and $1.3 billion to Egypt.

The Arab League has endorsed the talks. Ziad Abu Zayyad, a former PA minister and negotiator, told Israel’s Army Radio Sunday that Abbas came under pressure from both America and the Arab League. “The Arab League is telling him, ‘You can’t be seen as responsible for Kerry’s failure’.”

Asked about reports that Abbas faced US threats to withdraw aid if he did not enter talks, Abu Zayyad said, “Of course there was a threat of economic sanctions, as much as $500 million per year. There was pressure related to the end of aid.”

July 29th, 2013, 3:06 am



The 99 names of d-p athad

1. Despicable
جدير بالإزدراء

July 29th, 2013, 3:14 am



The 99 names of d-p athad*

1. Despicable
جدير بالإزدراء

*Note: Names also apply freely to d-p sniffers.

July 29th, 2013, 3:14 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*
2. Foolish

*Note: names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers

July 29th, 2013, 3:20 am


don said:

Hamas welcomes Iran’s approach to restore ties: official

Salah al-Bardaweel, an official from the Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip, said his group “welcomes all forms of dialogue with Iran to boost the strong relations between the two sides.”

“Our ties with Iran were never cut, but they have recently been cold over the crisis in Syria.”

July 29th, 2013, 3:23 am



The 99 names of d-p athad*
3. Evil


*Note: Names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers

July 29th, 2013, 3:26 am


don said:

Hamas Closes News Media Outlets

GAZA — Hamas, the Islamist militant group controlling the Gaza Strip, closed news media offices and a television production company on Thursday for what it called the spreading of false reports and working for Israeli television.

The offices belonged to the Al Arabiya news channel, which is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and to Maan, a Palestinian news agency based in Bethlehem, West Bank.

Hamas also shut down a local production company called Lens because it had provided broadcast services to I24 News, a new channel based in Israel that broadcasts in Arabic, English and French.

Ismail Jaber, Hamas’s attorney general, said his office had received complaints that Al Arabiya and Maan had “spread rumors and fabricated news” and had provided information that “threaten the social peace and harm the Palestinian people and their resistance.”

July 29th, 2013, 3:27 am



Fancy the thumb down impotent rage display. It only signifies acceptance and recognition of who the name Dog-Poop refers to. (here you go, capitalized especially for D-P Sniffers infesting this blog)

July 29th, 2013, 3:31 am



We now continue the athad religion lesson after the comic releif provided at the expense of DONANN.

The 99 names of d-p athad*
pusillanimous (aka coward)

Note: name also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers

July 29th, 2013, 3:41 am


don said:

Legal group to Kerry: Pre-1967 lines as basis for talks contravenes US commitments

Legal Forum for Israel says any US guarantee over borders violates US promise given to then-prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Any US guarantee to the Palestinians that the upcoming negotiations with Israel will be based on the pre-1967 lines would be a violation of written US commitments given to then-prime minister Ariel Sharon, former Foreign Ministry legal adviser Alan Baker wrote in a letter sent this week to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Baker wrote the letter on behalf of the Legal Forum for Israel, along with another attorney with the group, Yossi Fuchs. The forum, formerly called the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, was set up in the wake of the Gaza withdrawal to promote the rights of the evacuees.

The group quotes from US president George W. Bush’s letter to Sharon on April 4, 2004, which it said was given as a political quid pro quo, in return for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.

According to that letter, “As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of the final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.”

These commitments were later affirmed by a large majority of the US House of Representatives, and – as Baker and Fuchs wrote to Kerry – was “also given legal affirmation as part of an Israeli governmental decision and attached to the disengagement implementation law of October 27, 2004.”

July 29th, 2013, 3:53 am


don said:

Senior Iranian Advisor: Turmoil in Egypt, Tunisia Result of US-Israeli Plot

July 29th, 2013, 4:01 am


don said:

Report: Israel Bombs Another Syrian Weapons Convoy

July 29th, 2013, 4:08 am


omen said:

The SAA colonel seen yesterday in a vid laying down his weapon & talking to the FSA in Maliha has mysteriously died in a military hospital.

Engineer Moustafa Abdul Karim Shdood murdered by the regime for saying we were all brothers. RIP.

July 29th, 2013, 4:15 am


don said:

Beyond civil war

Anthony H. Cordeman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the civil conflict in Syria threatens to fuel a major conflict between Sunnis and Shiites throughout the Muslim world, with each side backed by different groups of countries.

The CIA assists Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who directly support and supply the rebels, in arming the rebels. Heavy weapons provided by the Saudis and Qatar for the Free Syrian Army include M-79 anti-tank weapons and M-60 recoilless rifles, shipped across the Jordanian border. The M-79 anti-tank weapons in particular give the rebels new confidence in attacking government positions. Supplies may also have come from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The Western “Friends of Syria” are actually “Enemies of Syria” or “Friends of Jihad.” The European Union has lifted its arms embargo on Syria, which was the brainchild of France and Britain, the former imperial powers that controlled the area.

They clamor for a “no-fly zone.” But, according to Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, no one is advocating a serious U.S. air campaign, which would involve a substantial financial commitment and likely result in significant U.S. air casualties as Russian S-300 missile systems are coming to Damascus.

Former Russian Air Force General Anatoly Komukov told Interfax-AVN online that Damascus would need at least ten battalions of S-300 air defense missile systems to fully protect its territory from a possible NATO attack.

To the chagrin of the Western powers, the rebel camp seems to be in disarray. Fierce fighting broke out in Aleppo after a jihadist group assassinated a senior Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander.

After the jail break in Iraq many of the five hundred escaped prisoners are believed to have come to Syria to fight alongside the jihadists.

With many foreign elements drawn into the fight, the conflict in Syria is far from a simple civil war. It is dividing Lebanon. It is also creating problems in Jordan and Turkey, pushing Iraq towards civil war and enhancing the influence of Iran.

July 29th, 2013, 4:38 am


don said:

Israel, allies trying to hold onto Aleppo by arming militants: Redwan Rizk

Press TV has conducted an interview with Redwan Rizk, political commentator in Beirut, about a report in Israeli media that says Israel has made a 50 million dollar arms deal to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons and equipment for the insurgency in Syria.

Watch the video interview here

July 29th, 2013, 4:43 am


don said:

Ramadan Kareem

Activists: 75 Syria rebels die in Damascus battles

Syrian activists say government troops have killed at least 75 rebels over 24 hours in battles for control of the capital, Damascus.

The death toll reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday included 49 rebels killed in an ambush in Damascus’ northeastern suburb of Adra early Sunday. The group says an elite unit loyal to President Bashar Assad ambushed the rebels as they were trying to push into the city.

July 29th, 2013, 4:53 am


don said:

How did I miss this one?!

The unlikely bipartisan coalition

Republicans and Democrats in the United States House of Representatives united last week to oppose Obama administration policies on meddling in the Syrian conflict and violating the privacy of citizens through pervasive collection of telephone records.

A vote on lethal aid to Syrian rebels and broader United States military intervention resulted in a slow down of lethal aid to Syrian rebels and restrictions on any use of U.S. troops in that nation’s civil war. The limiting amendment was attached to a Defense Department appropriations bill and passed by voice votes “with only scant dissent.”

The adoption of this amendment represents the first real shift away from the imperial presidency allowed by Congress since the War Powers Resolution of 1973. President Obama lost the free hand he expected to continue the assault on a sovereign state, Syria, that never attacked or posed a threat to the U.S.

How could such a radical shift take place, one supported by House members from both parties?

In the case of Syria, members needed to do little more than read public opinion polls. Over 60% of those polled in March 2012 opposed any U.S. military involvement in Syria. Only 45% of those polled in April 2013 supported involvement even if the Syrian government used chemical weapons!

House members run for election every two years and are are reluctant to seem obvious in thwarting the public will.. However, presidents do what they want overseas again and again.

The broad consensus in the voice vote may have reflected a wariness of yet another failed military involvement in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis. The presence of Al Qaeda fighters (the bad rebels) fighting with the Free Syrian Army (the good rebels) was a factor. And, hopefully, many members are paying attention to the indiscriminate murder of Syrian Christians by Al Qaeda fighters (which includes beheading, an Al Qaeda best practices method of murder).

July 29th, 2013, 5:05 am


don said:

The Arabs rebelled against the Muslim Brotherhood

Syria, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya: The Arabs rebelled against the Muslim Brotherhood

From Syria to Egypt via Tunisia and Libya, the Arab people rise up against the terror of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist extremist movements who stole their revolutions with the support of the West and Israel and trying to stifle their aspirations through massacres, political assassinations, physical violence and intellectual terrorism.

In Syria, the mask of pseudo-resolution, sponsored by the Gulfs reactionary monarchies -where Constitutions and elections have never existed and where women are deprived of their most basic rights (such as driving a car in Saudi Arabia, for example)- have fallen long ago. The Takfirist groups formed mainly of foreign extremists massacred all those who do not think like them: Sunnis, Alawites, Shiites, Druze and Christians. One of these groups, “Soldiers of the Islamic Caliphate,” committed the latest atrocities in the town of Khan al-Assal, west of the city of Homs. They massacred some 150 regular soldiers and civilians and dumped their bodies in a mass grave after being mutilated. Extremists have massed 10,000 men to take the city, where they had used chemical weapons in February.

The exceptional effort they have made to take over Khan al-Assal coincides with the arrival in Damascus of UN experts to investigate the use of chemical weapons and the signing of an agreement to that effect with the Syrian state. It is clear that the purpose of taking Khan al-Assal is to disappear the clues and evidence incriminating not only extremists but also, and especially, their regional support, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

But despite the terror, the Syrian people have decided to raised against these groups. Across Syria, terrorists are now hated by the people who closed ranks behind the president, Bashar al-Assad, its national army and state. This determination and willingness to make sacrifices are probably expressed by the image of this young Syrian soldier, making the “V” for victory, a few minutes before being executed with dozens of his comrades in Khan al-Assal.
This determination is also reflected in the progress made on the ground by the army and the popular committees, the latest being the conquest, Saturday, of the HQ of the extremists in Homs, the Khaled Ibn al-Walid mosque, and neighborhood Khalidiyé. The army is poised to take the whole city in a few hours.

July 29th, 2013, 6:10 am


apple_mini said:

The opposition and its mouthpieces are all losers. If engineer Moustafa Abdul Karim Shdood had been murdered by the regime for saying the Syrian rebels and SAA were all brothers, then the whole SAA would have defected and turned their guns against the regime.

Not only the opposition do not respect the honor of Shdood, but also they try to use his death as a big fat lying propaganda.

It is simply egregious and despicable.

July 29th, 2013, 6:56 am



DONANN seems to tell us that d-p athad has rented its mafia army as practice target to the israeli airforce. And d-p and its sniffers reserve the right to rethpond at moment of its choosing…..

July 29th, 2013, 6:59 am


omen said:

Colonel Mostafa was wounded in the leg then he was taken to the #Regime military hospital where was liquidated according 2 his family #Syria

July 29th, 2013, 8:17 am


Uzair8 said:

Heaven knows at what cost (losses) the regime allegedly took control of al-Khalidiya (Homs).

Heaven knows how costly holding the area will be for the regime.

Can the Sword of Allah ever be defeated?

July 29th, 2013, 8:27 am


zoo said:

#357 Omen

Russia and Iran are legally supplying weapons to a state part of the UN under official agreements, while the USA will be illegally smuggling weapons to outlaws fighting against a internationally recognized government. That’s the difference.

Israel’s made weapons may go unnoticed and anyway Israel does not care of being accused of war crimes, it does it everyday, but the USA public opinion won’t accept that from the USA.

This is why after the Croatian weapons, now Saudi Arabia is trying to get weapons from Israel, as US is reluctant.
The USA does not want to provide US made weapons before ensuring they will not be used against civilians and until now they have no such guarantees. That’s why they are finding all kind of excuses not to deliver heavy weapons.

I though that was obvious for most people who read about politics.

July 29th, 2013, 8:28 am


zoo said:

#383 Uzair8

I won’t shed any tears for the criminals who have terrorized Homs for more than a year. I just hope that the ones who have made a ‘tactical retreat’ get the same fate.
Refugees will start to come back in a city where rule of law and security has been restored.
Countries hosting refugees are longing for more ‘cleanups’ like this one.

July 29th, 2013, 8:35 am


omen said:

there is nothing legal about genocide, zoo. hitler tried to hide beyond laws too. that didn’t absolve him of his crimes.

i thought that was obvious for anyone with a conscience!

July 29th, 2013, 8:47 am


zoo said:

Are we entering in resolution phase of the conflict?

After months of insisting on pre-conditions, the opposition has finally been forced to accept to go the Geneva without any pre-conditions.

This is a clear admittance that it has lost the military war and now want to save what is left of its political credibility. While they did not get enough military help from the West, they now expect heavy support form its allies during political negotiations.
Yet as long as Bashar al Assad is winning back the country, the position of the opposition is weaker than ever and they may get nothing significant during negotiations, yet if there is a concerted decision to destroy the Islamist fighters, that’s a first step to reconciliation.
Geneva II will be a long process.

July 29th, 2013, 8:50 am


Mina said:

A ‘genocide’ is the planned elimination of a ‘genos,’ i. e. ‘race.’
What exactly do you mean?

July 29th, 2013, 8:51 am


zoo said:

#386 Omen

Genocide is when the killing is based on ethnicity or religion.
The Syrian army soldiers are a mix of the religion and ethnicity available in Syria. They are united and they fight 1200 Sunni extremists militias who are trying to impose their religious rule on the country and are practicing genocide against religious minorities.

July 29th, 2013, 9:00 am


revenire said:

The devil’s fighters were seen fleeing Homs – the “capital of the revolution” (my cousin tells me many were dressed as women and were weeping as they fled). Syrian army tanks rolled into the center of Homs and hoisted images of President Bashar Assad (video forthcoming).

What a glorious day this is.

July 29th, 2013, 9:09 am


zoo said:

“This regime in Saudi Arabia does not stand by God’s rules or even [the country’s] established rules and its policies, decisions and actions are totally based on [the] personal will of its leaders,”

Saudi prince defects from royal family: Report

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud has announced his defection from the royal family, referring to his “suffering” under reign of al-Saud and called on other princes to break their silence.

July 29th, 2013, 9:41 am


revenire said:

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Iftar Speech at the Annual Women’s Commission 2013

July 29th, 2013, 9:46 am


zoo said:

Away from the five star hotels when they continuously meet, are these “freedom and dignity” promised by the opposition?

In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Resort to ‘Survival Sex’

BEIRUT — Three-quarters of the Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon, because of the continuing fighting in their home country, are women and children. They make up a highly vulnerable population that’s easy prey as economic distress is forcing more and more Syrian women and girls to consider prostitution.

They are turning to prostitution in order to secure money and food for their families, say aid workers, who argue the women have little choice but to resort to what they describe as “survival sex”.

July 29th, 2013, 9:50 am


omen said:

Genocide is when the killing is based on ethnicity or religion.

you know damn well sunnis are being exterminated. the regime is waging sectarian cleansing.

the makeup of the rank & file soldiers doesn’t spare the regime from being charged with genocide. the inner circle giving the orders are not sunni.

this must be the double talk you give yourself so you can sleep at night. it’s not even passably convincing.

the only reason radicals are running around is because 1. the regime released them out of jail early or 2. are groups the regime has colluded with before from the days of iraq. the regime is responsible for their being unleashed.

July 29th, 2013, 9:59 am


omen said:

mina, i don’t want to argue with you but no amount of clever semantics is going to whitewash this regime.

July 29th, 2013, 10:01 am


zoo said:

The Syrian Kurds supported by Russia are becoming independent from the FSA and increasingly instrumental for the future of Syria

Russia-US rivalry in Syria and Kurdish autonomy
The past week witnessed, and continues to see more, intensified fighting between JN/ISIS on the one hand and the YPG and the Jabhat Akrad one the other.
Jabhat Akrad was part of the FSA but defected to fight on the YPG side against the JN/ISIS after the Kurds reported attacks by the JB/ISIS on the Kurdish residents.

Alan Semo, a PYD member has told al-Monitor that Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has promised them that “without you [the Kurds], there will not be any meeting in Geneva,”

Acording to Ahmed Suleiman, a spokesman of the Supreme Kurdish Council, “Russia respects the Kurdish people in Syria and recognizes that the Kurds are following a legitimate struggle. The existence of the Kurdish people is denied and in the new Syrian constitution, the rights of Kurds must be recognized.”

The United States, Turkey’s long time ally on the other hand does not support a Kurdish autonomy in Syria and is not happy about Kurdish control in northeast of Syria along the Turkish border and YPG gains on the JN/ISIS despite their knowledge of al-Qaeda fighters being among the ranks of the Jihadi Islamist groups. Al-Nusra and ISIS are publicly affiliated with the al-Qaeda.

According to Zamani, Syria has long been the ground for Russian-US rivalry. Russia is represented by the Bashar Assad regime, and the United States is represented by the rebel groups. But why has the United States not taken military action to resolve the issue? Is it because it fears that Russia will back Mr Assad even in a US-Syria conflict? Koshan Zamani says “no”

“The thing is United States is not sure about the future of Syria. Chances are the Islamists will accede to power and the US is not ready to leave Syria for Islamists… if the US wants to remove Assad militarily, they can do it easily and Russia will hand it over to them. But the change in regime will not benefit the US and Israel”

July 29th, 2013, 10:01 am


zoo said:

#394 Omen

I know ‘damn well’ that the Sunnis extremists that make the bulk of the rebels have been desecrating churches, eating human flesh, cutting heads, killing priests and executing prisoners.

Even the Kurds are now dissociating themselves from this bunch or criminals and helping the Syrian government to get rid of them.
By the way as many alawites have been killed during your “genocide” as sunnis and alawites make only a small percentage of the population.
Genocide you said? on who?
No wonder you use absurd ‘cliches’; as your hopes for a victory of the sunni islamist terrorists over the regular SAA army are falling apart

July 29th, 2013, 10:08 am


Uzair8 said:


July 29th, 2013, 10:11 am


Uzair8 said:

Rev said:

‘Syrian army tanks rolled into the center of Homs and hoisted images of President Bashar Assad (video forthcoming).’

How embarrassing!

Facepalm moment if ever there was one.

July 29th, 2013, 10:12 am


apple_mini said:

I think another important achievement after taking back Khalidiya is that a large number of foreign fighters got eliminated.

Those religious crackheads with their moronic backwards medieval zeal got swept into cesspools.

We have people here praying Allah for peace and redemption for human suffering. We also got foreigners here praying Allah for more blood and violence.

May Allah punish them!

July 29th, 2013, 10:15 am


zoo said:

In Egypt, who is funding the anti-Syria propaganda channel “Syria tomorrow”. Will the new Egytian rulers tolerate it?

Syrian Rebels Flock to Cairo
July 29, 2013

In a suburb of Cairo, a group of producers from the Syria Tomorrow channel are having their daily programming meeting. Syria Tomorrow seeks to counter Syrian state television, which broadcasts a steady stream of propaganda calling the rebels “terrorists” funded by the United States, Israel and Persian Gulf countries.

SyriaTomorrow’s programs highlight the regime’s shelling of civilian areas. It interviews refugees displaced from their homes in camps along the Jordanian and Turkish borders. Syria Tomorrow also features interviews with rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

In a spacious office off of Tahrir Square where millions gathered to call for the fall of the Egyptian regime in 2011, an Egyptian trainer is lecturing Syrian activists, instructing them in the art of social media.

“We want to reach the young population and get them into the streets,” Faris, one of the Syria activists trying to grasp the outreach techniques tells The Media Line. “It is the youth who are the key to this revolution.”

Umar’s organization records the arrival of Syrian refugees in Egypt. According to the latest United Nations statistics, there are 99,167 Syrians in Egypt. “At the beginning they went to Turkey and Jordan,” he explains to The Media Line. But many did not want to live in humiliating conditions in camps.” His organization circulates messages via Facebook and sends out text messages to refugees. Once in Cairo, wealthy Egyptian businessmen put them up in apartments on the outskirts of Cairo.

July 29th, 2013, 10:28 am


revenire said:

Capt. Omen: “you know damn well Sunnis are being exterminated.”

Yes, brave captain, they are being exterminated by the FSA cannibals.

Maybe less time on Twitter?

July 29th, 2013, 10:33 am


omen said:

a large number of foreign fighters got eliminated.

Those religious crackheads with their moronic backwards medieval zeal got swept into cesspools.

finally, agreement. no, i don’t like hezbollah either.

July 29th, 2013, 10:40 am



Using the names of dog-poop athad

What the Despicable dog-poop athad is doing to Homs . Anyone who tries to find an excuse for this crime would be as despicable as the despicable dog-poop athad.

dog-poop sniffers will soon start the race to inform the humans which one of them is more despicable than its pack-buddies

July 29th, 2013, 10:46 am



The 99 names of d-p athad*

5. Vulgar


*Note: names apply “freely” to d-p sniffers.

July 29th, 2013, 10:53 am



The 99 names of d-p athad*

6. Filthy


*Note: Names apply “freely” to d-p sniffers.

July 29th, 2013, 10:57 am


don said:

Never negotiate with islamist terrorists

Assyria: Two Syrian Arc Bishops Kidnapped

The state of Syria’s Christian population remains in danger as two Arc Bishops were kidnapped my armed militants. While meeting with the Syrian Opposition Forces, Assyrians urge the UN to address the violence against Syria’s Christians.

Below is an article published by

The Indigenous Christian Communities of Syria, with more than 6000 years history, have faced conditions that are considered genocidal. Churches have been destroyed and people have been killed and kidnapped because of their Christian belief. Three months ago two Christian Arc bishops – Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Yuhanna Ibrahim -were kidnapped near Aleppo in a violent raid by militants of armed Syrian opposition. The two men were on a noble humanitarian mission in the vicinity of the village of Kafr Dael, located near the Syrian-Turkish border.

The primary responsibility of the Syrian Indigenous Christians is in the hands of the Syrian government, the opposition organizations and the international community. The lives of the two arc bishops lie in the hands of the Syrian opposition group, who has claimed that this territory lies under its military and civilian control. Therefore, it is of high importance that the Syrian opposition group should pay close attention to this matter.

July 29th, 2013, 11:36 am


Mina said:

You don’t even believe in what you write.
Radicals have been freed from jails also in Egypt and Libya, and the Pakistani Taliban made a lot of PR to announce they were sending guys to Syria, just recently.
You know as well that the governement you accuse of carrying a ‘genocide’ is composed by many Sunnis, and by many people who do not put religion as an identity and are married or related to Sunnis.
I talk to a friend in Syria every week, who happens to be from a Sunni family, and she does not sound like she is afraid of some sort of genocide.
I wonder if you know people inside Syria. Reality is not exactly like what one reads on FB and Twitter.

July 29th, 2013, 12:25 pm


zoo said:

#406 Thyrian Hamsther

…Yawn… at your infantile and boring h-p’s

July 29th, 2013, 12:38 pm



looks like zouzou is starting the race!

July 29th, 2013, 12:56 pm



And we continue the rosary prayer (d-p athad prayer mathbaha) with

the 99 names of d-p athad*

7. fake
شىء مزيف
مستعار مزور

*Note: names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers.

July 29th, 2013, 1:06 pm



The 99 names of d-p athad*

8. Malignant

*Note: names apply “freely” to d-p sniffers.

July 29th, 2013, 1:14 pm



the 99 names of d-p athad*

9. villainous


*note: names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers

July 29th, 2013, 1:26 pm


Uzair8 said:

If Assad was to win or remain in power it would be a travesty of justice. All our* hopes and dreams would be destroyed. All the courageous sacrifices and struggle will have been for nothing.

* The Syrian people and their sympathizers.

July 29th, 2013, 1:27 pm


Uzair8 said:

The Syrian Revolution…

Fighting & struggling on to keep the hopes and dreams alive.

July 29th, 2013, 1:41 pm


don said:

Chechen Wahhabis aid militants in Syria

An international terrorist organization is emerging in the north of the country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has formally recognized the presence of Chechen warlords in the war in Syria. The ministry said in a statement that one of the Islamist groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad is headed by Chechen native Abu Musab. Kommersant has ascertained that more than 100 Chechen militants are fighting in Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that Chechen natives are fighting on the side of radical groups in Syria. The statement was issued after Islamists active in the north of the country staged a massacre of local Kurds in retaliation for the capture of Abu Musab (their commander who identifies as a Chechen).

Having demanded Musab’s release, Islamists massacred civilians, beheaded innocent bystanders and took some 500 Kurds hostage — most of them women, elders and children. Abu Musab has since been released, but Islamists are still holding nearly 200 Kurdish hostages and using them as human shields.

“Moscow resolutely condemns the atrocities of the terrorist international in the northeast of Syria,” reads the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement. It describes the events as “a bloody provocation aimed at destroying the country, and the establishment of a jumping-off point for international terrorism.”

Chechen warlord Abu Musab’s real name is unknown, as militants who have following the Wahhabi path traditionally use aliases. In the past, top terrorist Shamil Basayev called himself Abu Idris. Tamerlan Tsarnayev, who carried out the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, was known in his circle of associates as Muaz Seyfullah, or “Allah’s sword,” in Arabic.

Chechen separatist Usman Ferzauli, who lives in a Western European country and presents himself as the foreign minister of Ichkeria, has confirmed to Kommersant that Chechen militants are among the ranks of the Syrian opposition.

“It is hard to say exactly how many Chechens are fighting there, but I think there are certainly more than a hundred,” Ferzauli said. Most of the Chechens fighting in Syria, he claims, hail from the North Caucasus, although there are also some “European Chechens” — the children of those who to fled Europe during the First and Second Chechen Wars. Ferzauli believes they all reach Syria via Turkey.

July 29th, 2013, 1:43 pm


Sami said:

Syrian Hamster,

Would that make D-P’s theme song this: “I got 99 names but a legitamite President ain’t one”?

July 29th, 2013, 1:54 pm


zoo said:


“All the courageous sacrifices and struggle will have been for nothing.”

Yes, they will have to face that reality. They have contributed to the destruction of the country and sending millions out of their homes for nothing.

July 29th, 2013, 1:57 pm


revenire said:

Uzair it isn’t courageous to murder women and children or shoot unarmed soldiers – like the FSA cannibals have done.

July 29th, 2013, 2:12 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Some of Assad and Assad supporters names
وغد ,ابليس, شيطان, زنيم ,عتل ,مهين, رجز

July 29th, 2013, 2:24 pm


Uzair8 said:

From AJE blog about 6 hours ago:

In the northern city of Aleppo, several rebel factions including the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, attacked army posts in two neighborhoods in a an offensive titled “amputating infidels” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

The London-based observatory said rebels captured several buildings in the neighborhoods of Dahret Abed Rabbo and Lairamoun, and that eight government soldiers were killed.


July 29th, 2013, 2:59 pm


Uzair8 said:

418/419 Zoo/Rev

Ghiath Matar, Hamza al-Khatib and millions of other Syrians are indeed courageous.

July 29th, 2013, 3:05 pm


Uzair8 said:

Posted on Yalla Souriya about 4 hours ago:

#Syria #Aleppo –


Rebels arrest a big time assad shabihah in khan al assal #Syria

[Khan Asal is about 12kms west of central Aleppo and was liberated a few days ago]


July 29th, 2013, 3:13 pm


revenire said:

LEADER OF “DAMASCUS LIBERATION BRIGADE” KILLED LIBERATING A STOLEN TRACTOR. The pathetic end to Jabhat Al-Nusra thief, scoundrel and highwayman, IYAAD IBRAAHEEM GHAAZI, could not have been more felicitous than his miserable death yesterday while doing what his family taught him best: stealing. This segment of simian DNA could have done wonders in Brooklyn or South Chicago collecting hubcaps or old women’s food coupons. No, he had to opt for the “Liberation of Damascus”.×800.jpg

The Liberator of Damascus is seen above right after the SAA sprung the trap that sent him to Hell.

July 29th, 2013, 3:39 pm


Tara said:

When reading Jabra, one feels we have already won,,,  Syria’s seat at the UN in September, Western weapons within one month, no safe exit to Batta and his family, Kurds under the flag of the revolution…and more.
When asked if the SNC would accept a safe exit for Assad, his family and advisers, he answered that this would be very difficult to do.
Meanwhile, Jarba confirmed that after taking the Syria seat in the Arab League, the SNC will go after Syria’s seat at the United Nations most likely this September.

He however added that France and Britain were still planning on providing the Syrian rebels with weapons despite reports that the West has taken a step back from arming the opposition.
Jarba hinted that a source of the arms for SNC might be a Western source, and promised that their arms situation will improve in one month.
On the Kurdish front, Jarba said that he is working closely with the Kurdish opposition in Syria and that they contacted him and are likely ready to join the SNC.

July 29th, 2013, 3:53 pm



أخي خلدون شكرا للمساهمه .. المشروع مفتوح للجميع الشرفاء (مو للحيسه ) ..بس والله حرام الشيطان إبليس .. بيطلع مسكين قدام غائط الكلب أثد

You got it smack on, i have been humming that song for hours now. But my real intention was a rosary prayer for d-p athad.

July 29th, 2013, 3:58 pm


revenire said:

Sunday I watched the entire interview with Jabra. I didn’t want to say anything because, frankly, he seems like a liar and what is the point? Each new person is treated the “The One” and then they aren’t and we never hear much about them again.

July 29th, 2013, 4:17 pm


revenire said:

Uzair there isn’t one courageous man, one ever one man, among them.

July 29th, 2013, 4:19 pm


revenire said:

From the Army’s elite, Fourth Armored Division:
We swear we will take the revenge for Khan Alasal martyrs.

From Missiles Force troops: Will take revenge for the blood of the martyrs in Khan_Alasal.
Our sacrifices will burn the immorality of your “revolution”.

Air Defense Autocannons troops in the Air Defense Forces.

July 29th, 2013, 4:38 pm


Tara said:

“It is not enough to be appalled”…. 

29 July 2013 – As “crimes that shock the conscience” continue in Syria, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights probe today implored Member States to act decisively and put an end to the violence and carnage that has gripped the nation for more than two years.

“We cannot continue to recite a litany of violations and abuses to little effect either on the warring parties inside Syria or those walking along the corridors of power. It is not enough to be appalled,” Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said in his briefing to the General Assembly.

“There is an obligation to do what you must to bring this war to a close. This will require the international community not only to recognize, but also to demand, a diplomatic solution,” he added. “It is time to do what you must to bring Syria to a just and lasting peace.”
“That civilians should come under such sustained unlawful attacks should shock your conscience and spur you to action. But it has not,” he told delegates. “As the conflict drags on, you – and the world – have become accustomed to levels of violence that were previously unthinkable. The absence of decisive action, by the community of States as a whole, has nourished the culture of impunity that has developed inside Syria today.

July 29th, 2013, 4:44 pm


AMEERA said:

الله لا يعطيهوم العافية على عالعملة بعد كل يلي ماتو و البلد يلي ادمرت وافقو على شروط النظام و ماعاد في لا اسقاط نظام و لا تطيير بشار كلو طلع كزب و ضراط على بلاط

الله يلعنوا هالبدوي الشاذ بياع الخواريف عالسريع قبض و باع ما طول بنوب

( الجربا : مستعدون للمشاركة في ” جنيف 2 ” دون شروط )
“علن الرئيس الجديد للائتلاف الوطني السوري المعارض أحمد الجربا “إستعداده لحضور مؤتمر جنيف 2 مع ممثلي الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد من دون شروط مسبقة”.

وفي تصريحات صحافية نشرت اليوم، أكد “عدم وجود شروط مسبقة من قبل المعارضة للمشاركة في المؤتمر”، قائلاً: “ان المعارضة تطلب من حكومة الأسد إتخاذ خطوات إيجابية بينها إطلاق سراح سجناء، كي يقدمها الائتلاف للجمهور السوري للإظهار بأن المشاركة في المحادثات أمر مفيد”، بحسب النشرة اللبنانية.”

July 29th, 2013, 4:49 pm


revenire said:

I pray with the great victory in Homs we are one step closer to peace. There has been enough killing. The opposition needs to put down the weapons and come to the table and do their fighting at the ballot box.

July 29th, 2013, 4:55 pm


AMEERA said:

فضحوا و جننوا ربو للشيخ معاذ لما قال خلينا نتحاور و له بس لانو شامي كل كلاب الزمان اشتغلو فيو.

ازا هيك الحكي عينك كنت عينك ضد الشوام معناها خلينا مع بشار احسن ما يحطو واحد معفن ديري بياع خواريف و بيلحق ولاد معلم على اهل الشام. لك ما فشروا لك كتير عليهوم هالنور يكونو غبرة على صباط الشامي. قال ديري قال بكره بيجيبوا شاوي كمان

July 29th, 2013, 5:01 pm


amal said:

431. AMEERA said:

الله يلعنوا هالبدوي الشاذ بياع الخواريف عالسريع قبض و باع ما طول بنوب

Ameera hadol alkhawareef mo lal bai3. hada mjawaz la hadol alkhawareef 😀 fee kteer thawrajieh hon byhsdooh 😀

July 29th, 2013, 5:22 pm


revenire said:

The “revolution generation” at work eating its own:

“Clarissa Ward ‏@clarissaward 2m
This makes me sick- AQ-linked fighters in Raqqa abducted Father Paolo, a prominent Italian priest who championed the uprising against Assad”

Shame on you supporters of these animals. Shame on you.

July 29th, 2013, 5:31 pm


amal said:

417. Sami said:

Syrian Hamster,

Would that make D-P’s theme song this: “I got 99 names but a legitamite President ain’t one”?


You got it smack on, i have been humming that song for hours now. But my real intention was a rosary prayer for d-p athad.

Poor poor SAMI aka SYRIAN HAMSTER, is talking to, and answering himself!!!


July 29th, 2013, 5:34 pm


Ghufran said:

قال نشطاء سوريون في محافظة الرقة أن “الدولة الاسلامية في العراق و الشام”، المرتبطة بتنظيم القاعدة أختطفت الأب باولو دالوليو في مدينة الرقة يوم الأثنين.
I posted a piece on father paolo 2 days ago, I hope he gets out safe.

July 29th, 2013, 5:53 pm


amal said:

So let’s review what we have so far:

The little boy who never was
The little boy who cried wolf
The little boy who couldn’t shoot straight
The little boy from Damascus
The little boy no longer in Damascus
Syrian Hamster

Feel free to add more of his aliasses

July 29th, 2013, 5:55 pm


amal said:

438. Ghufran said:

I posted a piece on father paolo 2 days ago, I hope he gets out safe.

Ghufran, I have a feeling father Paolo is no one other than Haytham Khoury 😀

July 29th, 2013, 6:00 pm


Tara said:


Only the regime has a motive to abduct father Paolo to frame the opposition. The regime and its stooges hate him. He unraveled their minority “being hurt” by the revolution as nonsense. Only animals are capable of hurting him. This sickens me. I pray for his safety

July 29th, 2013, 6:04 pm


revenire said:

Someone is abducting Christians in Syria. Someone is destroying churches.

I doubt this Paolo is on a mission from the Vatican either way.

July 29th, 2013, 6:07 pm


revenire said:

“The 47th ‏@THE_47th 2h
#PRT: Local Riqqa Council confirm through spox: Father Paolo was kidnapped on his way bk after mtg JAN leaders in the liberated city. #Syria”

July 29th, 2013, 6:12 pm


revenire said:

Archbishop Atallah Hanna: Those who bear arms against Syria serve Israel

Jul 27, 2013 – Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA-H. Sabbagh) – Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, affirmed that those who bear arms against the Syrian people and the Syrian Army – regardless of their names and affiliations – are mere pawns that serve Israel and its project to divide and control the Arab region.

In an interview broadcast on al-Mayadeen TV on Friday, Archbishop Hanna said that the people who abduct, murder and slaughter in Syria are the enemies of the Arab nation, just like Israel with which they share goals and criminal nature.

July 29th, 2013, 6:26 pm


don said:

Al-Qaeda Militants Travel To Syria Via Turkey

During the 2½ years of clashes in Syria, there has been constant debate about how Turkey’s borders were crossed. There were reports that Islamic groups going to fight regime of President Bashar al-Assad — first and foremost al-Qaeda, which has supporters in Turkey — were crossing over the Turkish border.

Interesting claims

To find out more, we met with people close to al-Qaeda in Istanbul. These people are shopkeepers who live in the Fatih district of Istanbul, but who won’t give their names. They have interesting things to say about the Syrian war. These sources told us that following the eruption of war in Syria, al-Qaeda elements from Europe, the Caucasus, Afghanistan and North Africa began crossing into Syria via Turkey. These sources also had interesting things to say about the clashes with the Kurdish PYD and how the border is crossed.

Met by intelligence officials

O.E., one of our sources, said he crossed the border and went to Syria before the Jabhat al-Nusra-PYD clashes. He crossed from an unsupervised area on the Turkish side to the Syrian side controlled by the PYD. O.E. said, “We told the PYD we were there for Jabhat al-Nusra and they let us pass.” O.E. said many people cross the same way: “Fighters coming via Chechnya and Afghanistan are met at the Syrian border. There are intelligence officials there. Those crossing the border inform the intelligence people of their affiliation and under whose command they will be. Then, they cross the border and report to their units.”

Treated in Turkey

O.E. said those heavily wounded in clashes are brought to Turkish hospitals. He added, “Some return to their countries by the same route. There are al-Qaeda mujahedeen from Afghanistan and the Caucasus fronts who come with their families. Most of them settle in Syria. There are hundreds of militants who come the same way from Northern Africa, the Caucasus, Europe and Afghanistan. They simply cross the Turkish border and join the fight.”

1,000 Chechens to Syria

O.E. said Chechens are now one of the strongest groups in Syria. “Under their commander Abu Omar, about 1,000 Chechens came to Syria. First they were with Jabhat al-Nusra, but now they have moved over to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” he said.

There are also Turks

O.E. said many Turks had gone to Syria to fight. “Some were martyred. Some stayed for a while and returned. Some couldn’t resist going back to Syria. A retired policeman who is a friend of mine went to Syria to fight. He trained fighters in weapons. Several of us went to Syria before the fighting between the PYD and Jabhat al-Nusra broke out. Without being asked anything on the Turkish side, we just crossed to an area of Syria controlled by the PYD. We told them we came to [fight with] Jabhat al-Nusra and they let us enter,” O.E. said.

July 29th, 2013, 7:17 pm


ziad said:

video of Father Paolo in Al Raqa, shortly before he was abducted

July 29th, 2013, 7:18 pm


AMEERA said:

2011 لا حوار مع الاسد
2012 حوار من دون الاسد
2013 حوار مع الاسد بشروط
2013 حوار مع الاسد بدون شروط
2014 مشان الله حاورونا

لك الله يلعنكم يا ولادين الحرام يلي ضحكتوا على ولادنا و رميتوا دمن بالبلوعة الهي بجاه هالليلة الفضيلة احشرهم مع عباد الفرج بجهنم بدون رجعة

July 29th, 2013, 7:35 pm


ilya said:

Al-Qaeda Syrian Recruits:
The Case of ‘Abu Majed’
Author: Edward Dark

A suicide bomb goes off in a crowded street, targeting an army checkpoint or perhaps a government building. Several soldiers die, a building or two is defaced, but also, almost as an afterthought, a dozen or more innocent passersby are killed or maimed. What kind of people are behind this sort of assault and, more importantly, what kind of rationale do they employ?
More worrisome, perhaps, we should be asking how they continue to draw recruits and expand. Al-Qaeda, and to varying extents all other jihadi Islamist groups, adhere to a culture of death, although they prefer to call it a culture of martyrdom. It is a form of religious nihilism, where this mortal, worldly life is seen as futile and meaningless, and the goal should be to get to the afterlife as quickly as possible.
The quickest route, the shortcut if you like, is to die fighting for your righteously divine cause, preferably taking as many enemy lives with you as you go. In simple terms, it means sacrifice for the greater cause. That’s all fine and well, until you realize that “sacrifice” according to them, extends beyond the fighters themselves and includes anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the middle of their struggle.
When asked about the indiscriminate innocent victims of their suicide bombings or shelling, your typical Islamist will generally shrug and say, “If they were true Muslims, they are now in heaven,” as if they’re performing an actual favor for the victims. They should be thankful, I suppose. So what happens if the victims aren’t “true” Muslims, or members of another religion, i.e., “infidels” in jihadi-speak, a description which in most cases means “anyone who is not one of us”? Well, “Then they go to hell” is the macabre, simple answer you’ll likely get.

Read more:

July 29th, 2013, 7:37 pm


don said:

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Reuters Twitter Account (+Photos)×450.jpg×450.jpg×450.jpg

The Syrian Electronic Army, notorious for hacking into media outlet’s Twitter accounts, appears to have hacked Thompson Reuters Twitter account.

The army has previously hacked into the Associated Press account, BBC Weather, and the Financial Times, among others.

Six pictures showing pro-Bashar al-Assad messages were tweeted from the Reuters account in rapid succession beginning at 6:33 p.m. EDT.

The sixth was accompanied by several comments: “Why is dialog treason? This is why #Syria” it said.

The army has not yet taken credit for the hack.

July 29th, 2013, 7:41 pm


Observer said:

Syrian Hamster I thought you would enjoy this from Ali Farzat.

The slippers took Khaldieh, more like they managed to level it completely and then claim they took it. I would say it reminds me of the Nazis “liberating” the Warsaw ghetto or Putin leveling Grozny and claiming victory.

The Chechens have been and will remain a thorn in the side of Russia for generations as they have done sone since Catherine the Great. But again Russia killed more Muslims that any other nation.

Again it will take 200 years of daily mine sweeping to free Afghanistan of the scourge of Russian land mines.

In the meantime, d-p is getting licked daily in all parts of the country. Once again I start my day reading pro regime sites like liberating six villages in Aleppo or bringing peace to Latakia or destroying nests of foreign jihadists in Qaboon all are indications of ongoing fighting that he cannot hope to win in any way shape or form.

I do not know that d-p knows what winning means. But again he and his elk and his clan and his mafia have been quite happy to preside over a garbage dump of their own creation called Thouria Alathad.

Funny how no matter what how the riffraff will always remain riffraff even when they marry a shoe shopcoholic

Syrian Hamster he is riffraff just like his father and his brothers and his sister and his cousins and his garbage of a mafia clan.

July 29th, 2013, 7:52 pm


ziad said:

You must read this great article

Arabs, Beware the “Small States” Option

“Seeding” Sectarianism to Break Up States

If ever a conspiracy had legs, this one is it. Stirring Iranian-Arab and Sunni-Shiite strife to its advantage has been a major US policy objective since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

Wikileaks helped shed light on some of Washington’s machinations just as Arab uprisings started to hit our TV screens.

A 2006 State Department cable that bemoans Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s strengthened position in Syria outlines actionable plans to sow discord within the state, with the goal of disrupting Syrian ties with Iran. The theme? “Exploiting” all “vulnerabilities”:

“PLAY ON SUNNI FEARS OF IRANIAN INFLUENCE: There are fears in Syria that the Iranians are active in both Shia proselytizing and conversion of, mostly poor, Sunnis. Though often exaggerated, such fears reflect an element of the Sunni community in Syria that is increasingly upset by and focused on the spread of Iranian influence in their country through activities ranging from mosque construction to business. Both the local Egyptian and Saudi missions here, (as well as prominent Syrian Sunni religious leaders), are giving increasing attention to the matter and we should coordinate more closely with their governments on ways to better publicize and focus regional attention on the issue.”

Makes one question whether similar accusations about the “spread of Shiism” in Egypt held any truth whatsoever, other than to sow anti-Shia and anti-Iran sentiment in a country until this month led by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood.

A 2009 cable from the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia continues this theme. Mohammad
 Naji al-Shaif, a tribal leader with close personal ties to then-Yemeni President Ali Abdallah 
Saleh and his inner circle says that key figures “are privately very skeptical of Saleh’s
 claims regarding Iranian assistance for the Houthi rebels”:

Shaif told
 EconOff on December 14 that (Saudi Government’s Special Office for
 Yemen Affairs) committee members privately shared his view that Saleh was providing false or exaggerated
 information on Iranian assistance to the Houthis in order to
 enlist direct Saudi involvement and regionalize the conflict. Shaif said that one committee member told him that “we know
 Saleh is lying about Iran, but there’s nothing we can do 
about it now.”

That didn’t stop Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lying through her teeth to a Senate Committee a few short years later: “We know that they – the Iranians are very much involved in the opposition movements in Yemen.”

July 29th, 2013, 7:58 pm


revenire said:

It’s all over the news now. These “revolution” animals even kidnap their own supporters. I hope they don’t behead, or worse, eat this confused priest. A little more Jesus and a little less terrorism is the best advice I can give the father.


Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian priest in Syria – activists

(Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked fighters in a rebel-held eastern Syrian city on Monday abducted a prominent Italian Jesuit priest who championed the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant kidnapped father Paolo Dall’Oglio while he was walking in Raqqa, which fell to militant Islamist brigades in March, the sources in Raqqa province told Reuters.

July 29th, 2013, 8:01 pm


revenire said:

Ziad the excellent article you posted @ 451 echoes what our esteemed host Dr. Landis, and others, talked of in TIME magazine in 2006.,8599,1571751,00.html

I don’t know why Prof. Landis no longer discusses his 2006 opinions – maybe someone got to him?

Thank you.

July 29th, 2013, 8:08 pm


ziad said:

The new normal

Territorial divisions are deepening, regardless of regime and rebel advances

..ZIAD, Ammar and Zakaria are all Syrian, but 29 months into a civil war their once-similar home towns now look as if they belong to three different countries. Ziad is from Tartus, a north-western port city covered in posters showing President Bashar Assad. Ammar’s home town in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor is run by rebels. In Zakaria’s birthplace in the north-east, schoolchildren learn Kurdish, banned until recently, rather than Arabic, the national language.

Syria is gradually breaking into three. The forces of Mr Assad recently seized the initiative but they cannot defeat the opposition and instead are consolidating their grip on the western spine of the country. From Damascus and Homs to Hama and Latakia, the regime is carving out a coastal state. Meanwhile, the rebels are doing the same in the Euphrates valley stretching from Turkey to Iraq through open desert. On July 22nd they took over Khan al-Asal, a town close to Aleppo, a divided northern city. As extreme Islamists among the rebels gain in strength, rumours abound that al-Qaeda-related groups will declare a religious state. Already, they fly black flags above mini-emirates.

Further east, long-persecuted Kurdish groups are using the chaos of the civil war to create an autonomous region. Last week the Democratic Union Party, the Syrian branch of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), announced a constitution and a plan to elect a council to administer the area known as Rojava or west Kurdistan. Exactly a year ago they took over policing the area and in early July they kicked out jihadists from the border town of Ras al-Ain.

July 29th, 2013, 8:14 pm


ziad said:

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions

Israel’s gulag is one of the world’s worst. On July 9, 16 human rights organizations headlined ”RE: European Parliament Fact-Finding Mission on Palestinian Political Prisoners.” They include:

Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association

Aldameer Association for Human Rights

Al Haq

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Arab Association for Human Rights

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minorities in Israel

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

Defence for Children International – Palestine Section

Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy

Hurryyat – Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights

Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights

Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies

Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling

Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club

Physicians for Human Rights Israel

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel

The way Israel treats detained children explains its contempt for human rights. Previous articles explained. Israel’s secret prisoner policy tells more.

A previous article discussed Ben Zygier. He was called Prisoner X. Disappearing him says much about Israel’s dark side.

He was denied all rights. Israel imprisoned him secretly with no name or identity. He was completely isolated from the outside world.

July 29th, 2013, 8:18 pm


don said:

Assad’s Forces Kill 12 Rebels Taking Flour From Mill – Activist

At least 12 rebel fighters were killed on Monday as they were taking flour from a mill on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, opposition activists said, in their latest setback at the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The rebels had only just captured the mill on the Damascus Airport road following a battle that lasted several hours, in the hope that they could relieve a food shortage caused by a siege of the area by loyalist forces for the last two months.

“The Free Syrian Army took over the flour mill after a battle that lasted several hours, but the regime’s forces shelled the area and hit it from the air as the fighters were transporting the flour out of the mill,” activist Abu Kassem al-Shabawi said from the area.

Video footage showed rebels shooting automatic rifles and mounted machineguns as they fought into the large state-owned complex in the Hteitet al-Turkman area on the airport road, 20 kms (12 miles) southeast of Damascus, and combing the site for loyalist forces.

Footage taken later purportedly showed a large explosion, while the sound of a fighter jet could be heard overhead.

The bodies of several fighters with missing heads and limbs were shown lying on tables at a makeshift hospital in the Ghouta district.

July 29th, 2013, 8:22 pm


ziad said:

REVENIRE #453 said:

”I don’t know why Prof. Landis no longer discusses his 2006 opinions – maybe someone got to him?”

My best guess is that Prof. Landis is worried about Campus Watch and about his academic career.

July 29th, 2013, 8:27 pm


Uzair8 said:

Posted on Yalla Souriya about 11 hours ago:

#Syria #Hezbollah #London –

British Syrians & Friends in Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution ·

This page is meant to show everybody, especially those located in London or in the Gulf countries the restaurants and service centres that are owned by Hizbulla thugs. These centres are used to support the party of Hassan Nassaralla financially.

We ask everybody to take a quick look, and boycott these places that help in killing our people in Syria and Lebanon.

قاطع حسن – Boycott Hasan
أنشأت هذه الصفحة من أجل التعريف والحث على مقاطعة المصالح التجارية لحزب الله اللبناني الذي يساند نظام الأسد في قتل الشعب السوري. نرجو من كل الشرفاء في العالم التعاون معنا بتعريف الناس بهذه المصالح التجارية ومقاطعتها وعدم التعامل معها حتى لا نكون شركاء في قتل أخوتنا السوريين. هذه ليست

July 29th, 2013, 8:33 pm


Uzair8 said:

The Syrian Crisis – A Psychological Analysis

Without the reassuring presence of the former leader’s statues the regimists, perhaps unknown to themselves, feel a subconcious insecurity which is reflected in their expressions/positions on the crisis.

July 29th, 2013, 8:41 pm


ziad said:

This is something we Syrians are very fameliar with

Altered Images: Egypt’s disinformation war

So many faked images are circulating in Egypt that Facebook sites have been set up with the goal of separating fact from fiction, writes BBC Monitoring’s Dina Aboughazala.

July 29th, 2013, 8:55 pm


Uzair8 said:

Rebel momentum update.

Posted on Yalla Souriya (YS) about 1.5 hours ago. The YS adds a comment in square brackets. If true it could be very significant:

#Syria #Aleppo –

X ‏@TaziMorocco 9m

Incredible FSA Advances tonight in northwestern front of #Aleppo. They are taking over the Air Force Intelligence Building! #Syria #Assad

[I would really like to see video confirmation of this. It would represent a very important rebel gain, and a significant crumbling of the regime defences in the western part of Aleppo city]

July 29th, 2013, 9:02 pm


ilya said:

spot on comment on prediction who kidnapped father Paolo !!!
Reality check would not hurt.
Humility and reality check would not hurt you thanks for laugh
Ottoman empire killed over 3 million Christian people during their Islamic rule. Did you forget Armenian genocide? Assyrian genocide,Greek genocide,Kurds genocide of their Muslim brothers,awful history of oppression on Balkans by these savages?
Do you forget how Arabs invaded north Africa killed,enslaved local population displaced them ?
You got nerve complaining about Russia killing Muslims,that’s gotta be pathetic joke, do you realize that Russia had 10 wars against Turkey won them all fair and square.
Most Muslims are being killed by their fellow Muslims btw
Or you only worried when Muslims are killed by non Muslims, what a twisted logic!!!

July 29th, 2013, 9:04 pm


Uzair8 said:

I don’t want to speak too soon however I feel the rebels are getting their rhythm again. The claims and videos of the capture of important landmarks are trickling in once again.

Earlier I saw on YS an a couple of updates on capture of a base and some other location. I can only share a few updates to avoid spamming the blog. There is also this video of rebels apparently inside the weapon stores of transport battalion in city of Busser Al Harir. Here

Something to keep an eye on.

July 29th, 2013, 9:11 pm


Syrian said:

أسامة إدوارد
3 hours ago near Stockholm, Stockholms Län
الأب باولو بخير

July 29th, 2013, 9:15 pm


Ghufran said:

New temporary borders are shaping up, notice the absence of the FSA from most battle fields today:
أعلنت كتائب المعارضة عن سيطرتها الكاملة على منطقة “ضهرة عبد ربه” الاستراتيجية، و ذلك عصر اليوم الاثنين.
و كان الثوار أعلنوا مساء يوم أمس بدء معركة أطلقوا عليها اسم ” بتر الكافرين” لتحرير ضهرة عبد ربه و الصالات الصناعية في البلليرمون و فرع المخابرات الجوية.
وتشارك في المعركة عدة تشكيلات عسكرية أغلبها اسلامية وعلى رأسها جبهة النصرة و كتائب فجر الخلافة، و كتيبة المهاجرين، و كتائب فجر الاسلام، ولواء أحرار سوريا، و كتيبة أحرار بلليرمون،
يذكر أن ضهرة عبد ربه تتمتع بموقع استراتيجي نتيجة علوها و اطلالتها على دوار الليرمون و فرع المخابرات الجوية .
The army is focusing on south and central Syria while Islamists are pushing in the east and the north, Kurds are fighting islamists in Kurdish areas while local militias are taking a larger role in the coastal areas, there is a chance now for strange bed fellows to join forces and fight a common enemy, what seemed like a fantasy yesterday may become a reality tomorrow, the FSA as a fighting unit is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

July 29th, 2013, 9:27 pm


Tara said:


انشالله يارب.  الله يحميه

A person who is not banal.. A rare occurrence.

July 29th, 2013, 9:40 pm


Syrian said:

إن شاء الله
He is a living saint

July 29th, 2013, 9:43 pm


ilya said:

Free Syrian Army arming al Qaeda, ISIL commander claims
By BILL ROGGIOJuly 16, 2013 12:30 AM

Buried at the end of this Al Jazeera story on tensions between the Free Syrian Army and an al Qaeda affiliate, a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed that the FSA is selling weapons to the terror group:

And we asked its vali [wali] – or governor of Allepo province, Abu Atheer – why some accuse them of trying to weaken Syrian opposition groups by taking control over border villages.
He didn’t want to be filmed. But he told us: if we wanted to cut the supply lines it is easier for us to take the warehouses of the FSA. Anyhow we are buying weapons from the FSA. we bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons. We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA. For us, the infidels are those who cooperate with the West to fight Islam.

If confirmed, purchasing weapons from the Free Syria Army won’t be good news for the West.

It is men like these the West doesn’t want to arm and it has urged the FSA to retake areas under their control. It could be a recipe for yet another war within a war that will decide the new face of Syria.

The US government believes it can vet the Free Syrian Army and distribute weapons to trusted groups. How the Obama administration believes it can do this when it doesn’t have a significant presence in Syria defies explanation.

Read more:

July 29th, 2013, 9:59 pm


Ghufran said:

The MB declares war on the army in Egypt:

العريان يقول إن لا حصانة قانونية لمقرات الجيش بعد «الانقلاب العسكري»…الجيش المصري للإخوان: لو استمرت التظاهرات العشوائية ألف يوم لن نتراجع عن خريطة الطريق
At this rate, divisions inside the army will become a real threat. Islamists have many sympathizes among low ranking officers class.

July 29th, 2013, 10:47 pm


don said:

Egypt crisis and a possible third force? CIA, DGSE, MI6 and Syria

The Kosovo Liberation Army, Libyan militias and Free Syrian Army grew from nothing to potent forces overnight and clearly this can’t happen without the meddling of outside nations and terrorist groups working hand-in-hand. Al-Qaeda affiliates and various Sunni Islamic terrorist groups in Afghanistan (1980s and 1990s), Bosnia, Kosovo and Libya conveniently supported the same side and currently Syria is facing a brutal Gulf, Western and terrorist onslaught. Therefore, how is it that jihadists gained in power and influence during the political reign of Morsi (Mursi) in Egypt when it comes to the Sinai region?

It is clearly known that the Obama administration in America had hoped that the Muslim Brotherhood would fill the vacuum created by the demise of Mubarak. This policy was continued in the destabilization of Syria and other ties have emerged between the Obama administration and remnants of this organization in other nations. It could well be that the Muslim Brotherhood and America foresaw a future counter attack to this reactionary movement which wanted to control all the leverages of power in Egypt. If so, then the Sinai may have been an “ace in the pack” to use and manipulate when democratic forces awoke – after all, terrorist attacks are happening too regularly in the Sinai for this to be a coincidence since Morsi was forced from power.

In Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria the one constant reality is that al-Qaeda affiliates, various other Sunni terrorist networks, America, the United Kingdom and powerful Gulf nations share the same space. Iraq is unique in the sense that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states were opposed to the new Shia dominance within the body politic of this nation. This reality meant that the majority of international jihadists who went to Iraq to kill allied forces, Shia Muslims, and to spread mayhem, came from Saudi Arabia. However, just like the majority of Saudi nationals were involved in September 11, then clearly this nation appears to have a free hand to an extent within the elites of London and Washington. In other words, civilians and military personnel in America and the United Kingdom are also expendable providing the union between America, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom remains largely intact.

It must be remembered that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood shared anti-Syrian government views in line with the Obama administration. VOA reports that “During his year in power, President Morsi called on Syrian President Bashir al-Assad to step down and urged the international community to impose a no-fly zone over Syria. His ruling Muslim Brotherhood movement last month joined a call by some Sunni clerics for a jihad against the Syrian government and its Shi’ite allies.” Therefore, the anti-Syrian alliance lost a government sponsored breeding ground in Egypt and the changing sands will hinder Hamas in its anti-Syrian venture.

In another article by Modern Tokyo Times related to Hezbollah and the crisis in Syria it was stated that “Radical Takfiri Islamists and other terrorist groups are entering Syria from countless different nations whereby they are being supported by the CIA, MI6, DGSE, and other intelligence agencies, alongside major funding from feudal monarchies in the Gulf region. It is abundantly clear that anti-Syrian government forces are paid, trained and provided with coordinated tasks by various Western and Gulf powers which are supporting terrorism, sectarianism and sedition. The usual trio of America, France and the UK can’t resist their beloved feudal monarchies in the Gulf. Also, given the opportunity to weaken the last powerful Arabic speaking nation then the supporters of “failed nation states” are at it again. Hezbollah in Lebanon fully understands the situation and knows full well that if Syria falls then the domino will turn to them and others in the near future.”

July 29th, 2013, 10:52 pm


don said:

Egypt, Tunisia and Syria: Muslim Brotherhood, Politician killed in Tunisia and danger of Ghannouchi

While many different “Rome’s burn” several Gulf and Western nations keep on adding more fuel to the fire by sponsoring terrorism and dark forces against secular Syria. Libya likewise is blighted by many militias ruling their own respective areas, while indigenous Sufi Islam is being openly rebuked and attacked by Salafists which desire to install their “year zero.” Also, outside meddling against Syria is igniting sectarian forces in Iraq and Lebanon.

Turkey meanwhile is clearly alarmed by the demise of the Muslim Brotherhood led government in Egypt therefore Prime Minister Erdogan is showing his true colors. This applies to enabling terrorist groups to grow in power in Syria by allowing many ratlines to develop. Erdogan also prefers al-Qaeda to rule border areas between Turkey and Syria. Therefore, when the Kurds forced al-Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army out of certain areas the Erdogan government responded by threatening Syrian Kurds.

In another article about the brutal murder of Belaid by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “The brutal assassination of Chokri (Shokri) Belaid is yet another indication that Islamist terrorism and indoctrination is running riot following the so-called “Arab Spring.” Chokri Belaid was a politician who was known for being an anti-Islamist and for this reason he was a target to the forces of darkness. His assassination is also a firm reminder that terrorist forces, Islamist indoctrination emanating from the Gulf region and religious intolerance are all on the rise.”

“This murder is not a mere isolation because it is part of the chain which is choking the forces of moderation and secularism. After all, the recent brutal hostage crisis in Algeria gave notice to the world that Tunisians represented the highest number of international jihadists involved in this terrorist attack. Likewise, in Syria many Tunisians have joined the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Islamist terrorist factions. Therefore, individuals in Tunisia have also taken part in spreading sectarianism in Syria – and other evil acts – alongside other Islamist terrorists from other nations like Libya and Saudi Arabia.”

Ghannouchi deems the brutal actions by Takfiris in Syria to be a revolution despite him knowing full well that this is being backed by Gulf and Western powers. Interestingly, Ghannouchi resided in London and clearly the British government is behind much of the mayhem in Libya and Syria respectively. Other nations spreading dark forces to North Africa and the Middle East include America, France, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. France, however, may not fall into line in North Africa because of their close relationship with Algeria and being opposed to Qatar’s Islamist backed terrorists in Mali. Indeed, the one binding feature of Gulf and Western powers is that they are divided to kingdom come despite involving themselves massively in the destabilization of Libya and Syria respectively.

The article published by The Daily Star media group in Lebanon clearly shows that Ghannouchi is pleased by barbaric terrorism and sectarianism in Syria. Not surprisingly, vast numbers of Tunisian terrorists have gone to Syria in order to kill Syrians in the name of jihad under the current political elites in this nation which aren’t doing enough to stem the tide. It is also clear that Ghannouchi wants to use Salafi Islam in order to usurp secular and liberal forces therefore he is highlighting is real intentions.

July 29th, 2013, 11:05 pm


Ghufran said:

I think jarba’s request to release detainees and put a time map for the negotiations with the regime is reasonable but his biggest challenge will be the rebels themselves. The war created a class of Syrians , and non Syrians, who benefited tremendously from the chaos, those people have no incentive to go back to a situation where law and order is restored.
Btw,it is not just rebels and their backers who are enjoying the climate of disorder and lawlessness , people in areas under regime control are suffering from the actions of corrupt merchants and shabeehas who find that this is a golden opportunity to get rich and gain power.

July 29th, 2013, 11:06 pm


Ghufran said:

لا تقفلوا كل الابواب فقد يعود الابن الضال يوما فيجد بابا مفتوحا
(محمد صبحي)

July 30th, 2013, 12:37 am


zoo said:

Editorial: More trouble brewing in Syria

A familiar argument is being made to justify an escalation of U.S. and European involvement in Syria’s civil war.

If recent intelligence reports are accurate, the war is becoming a training ground for would-be radical jihadists drawn there both to help oust discredited Syrian President Bashar Assad and to obtain military training and combat experience.

The only truly effective solution to this magnet for wandering radical jihadists is to bring the war to an end. A victory for Assad and his allies would be bad for Syrians and for the Middle East, but the strongman would certainly shut down the training camps of those who opposed him. A victory for the rebels would be preferable, but the U.S. has learned from bitter experience that a greater U.S. involvement doesn’t mean a swift conclusion to any country’s civil war. We also know that nothing is a stronger magnet for jihadist extremists than American troops.

All this leaves the U.S. in a familiar quandary, with good reasons to hope for a favorable end on a distant battlefield, but without assurance our involvement will resolve the fighting – and the strong possibility we could make things worse.

July 30th, 2013, 12:50 am


zoo said:

#453 Revenire

Father di Oglio has been expelled from Syria last year. Has he returned illegally? What was he doing ‘walking’ in Al Raqqah?
A weird character indeed.

July 30th, 2013, 12:56 am


zoo said:

Has the West given a tacit green light to the SAA and to the Kurds to destroy Al Qaeda’s dens?

The statement said the army would continue its “heroic” operations to purge all Syrian soil from terrorism.
Experts said the army is working on securing southern and central areas in Syria before opening a large-scale offensive to recapture the northern province of Aleppo, which was largely seized by al-Qaida-linked groups, mainly the Nusra Front.

July 30th, 2013, 1:01 am


Badr said:

Hear from a Syrian American eye doctor who risked his life to save Syrians’ sight. Start from the 1:10 mark.

“The look that some of those patients gave me that they knew that I traveled thousands of miles away, and I am not the only one who is doing that, that they do feel that they have not been abandoned, that they do feel that hopefully for the future the Syrian expatriates will play a major role in rebuilding Syria. There is a vast group of talent and ingenuity of Syrians in the West, in the Gulf countries, that have left Syria with the last 40 years because of the regime, and I think that all of those are ready to go back and pitch in and rebuild Syria, and that was expressed in their eyes of the civilians.”

July 30th, 2013, 1:40 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*

10. riffraff
ارذل الناس

*Note: names apply also “freely” to d-p sniffers. (As plural, this much appreciated contribution by Observer applies very well)

Disclaimer: This prayer project is not sponsored by the global athad worshiping congregation of the sniffers. It is just humanity’s gift to the congregation. You see, humanity has been practicing since its birth for the coming of d-p athad. Language has evolved especially to place it in its appropriate place.

BTW (to Amal)
كلنا سامي

July 30th, 2013, 2:01 am



Sharmine Narwani?!

ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha
almost dying of laughter
ha ha ha
don’t open the champagne yet.

July 30th, 2013, 2:14 am



Love the way the demented pretender troll approves of the islamists’ kidnapping of the monk. The two are one and the same Murder inc.

July 30th, 2013, 4:04 am


zoo said:

A big Bravo to the opposition that have welcomed them with open arms and cannot get rid of them anymore

Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe

July 30th, 2013, 6:48 am


zoo said:

Hot times on Turkish borders. More to come to thank Erdogan for his brilliant policy toward Syria

Turkish troops fire tear gas at ‘2000 smugglers’ at Syrian border

Turkish soldiers shot into the air and fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of around 2,000 smugglers trying to cross into Turkey from Syria, the Turkish army said today.

According to a written statement by the General Staff, army members issued warnings to the group both in Turkish and Arabic, however the group refused to disperse near the Turkish border town of Oğulpınar in the southern province of Hatay.

At the same time, a mounted group of 350 people in a different are nearby threw stones at military patrol vehicles before soldiers shot into the air, the military said. The statement also said there were no casualties.

The incident came one day after the Turkish military said troops used tear gas to disperse a group of around 1,000 smugglers also near the border town of Oğulpınar.

July 30th, 2013, 6:52 am


zoo said:

A display of the Wahhabi Sunni jihadi recruitment propaganda in Makkah .

Saudi cleric urges support for Syria rebels

Cleric uses Makkah pulpit to deliver politically charged sermon

In a sermon to worshippers at Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sunni Shaikh Saoud Al Shuraym denounced Al Assad as a tyrant whose troops he said had raped women, killed children and destroyed homes over the past two years.

“All of that puts on the shoulder of each one of us a share of responsibility before God, on leaders, rulers, scholars, reformers, thinkers and people to take a unified and conscious stand against the mad (crackdown) on our brothers in Syria,” Shuraym said in a sermon broadcast on Saudi state television.

“By God…, our brothers need more efforts and determination to be exerted to remove the merciless injustice and aggression through all means and with no exceptions,” he told followers. “We tell our brothers in the Levant to be patient.”

July 30th, 2013, 6:57 am


zoo said:

Hamas has to choose: either promote the narrow Moslem Brotherhood Sunni ideology or join with Shias in the resistance to Israel

Hamas rekindles ties with Iran and Hezbollah

The same source added, however, that in a very short time it became clear that the new sources of aid fell short of expectations. Worse yet, Iran had simply diverted its assistance to rival resistance factions in Gaza like Islamic Jihad, the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and an armed group affiliated with Fatah.

Sources pointed out that while Hamas insisted on their differences over the Syrian crisis, the other side raised concerns about the Palestinian movement’s growing involvement in the rise of the Brotherhood, causing the group’s neglect of its resistance activity in favor of helping Islamist movements consolidate power.

Several weeks ago – after the military wing of Hamas warned of supply shortages – a movement delegation headed by Mousa Abu Marzouq came to Lebanon and held private meetings at the Iranian embassy and with Hezbollah officials.

The meetings produced the following largely positive results: 1) resumption of Iranian financial aid to Hamas, though less than pre-crisis amounts; 2) opening direct channels of communication between Hamas and Hezbollah, particularly over the issue of keeping the Palestinian refugee camps out of the mounting Sunni-Shia tension in Lebanon; and 3) preparation for a leadership meeting between Hezbollah and Hamas, after the latter complained that Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had not received a high-level Hamas delegation in quite some time

July 30th, 2013, 7:05 am


zoo said:

Iran steps up energy, economic support to Syria

Tehran to provide secure gas pipeline to Syria via Iraq; Syrian-Iranian companies set up credit lines

Syria’s state-owned SANA news agency reported that Syrian petroleum minister Suleiman Abbas said: “The implementation of the agreements reached by the two sides will reflect positively on the living conditions of the Syrian people.”

Talks also took place between general secretary to the Syrian prime minister, Tisir Al-Zaabi, and the Iranian minister of industries and business, Mehdi Ghazanfari. The two officials followed up the implementation of economic and trade agreements that secure food and basic amenities. A billion dollar credit line, covering Syrian needs such as electricity, medical supplies, and food commodities was also reviewed.

The official affirmed that the Syrian side will experience “substantial changes in the mechanisms of consumption” as a result of the credit line, which will be fully implemented following the creating a financial and legal framework between Tehran and Damascus.

July 30th, 2013, 8:25 am


Akbar Palace said:

Ziad’s Prison Conditions Hotline

455. ziad said:

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions


Thank you for that eye-opening post about the horrible conditions in the Zionist Entity’s prison system. We need to inform the world about this horrendous situation.

Now, after you break your fast tonight, do us one small favor (I don’t want to inconvenience you), please tell us where we can get info on the SYRIAN PRISION SYSTEM.


July 30th, 2013, 8:43 am


majedkhaldoun said:

In Egypt we are witnessing the retreat of this army coup, and the failure of street Baltajeh, The comment that political Islam, is dead as Assad said, that was very stupid comment by Assad and echoed by silly people here in SC as Revenir and Ghufran and Zoo
The right way is to go back to democracy, to run referendum, to allow for free transparent election, everyone must respect the results, Mursi may come back as symbolic,exactly as Salim Awwa said, but temporarily authorizes the prime minster to run election.
Democracy must succeed,time for military interference in civilian politics is gone,
One of the most silly comment here by Ghufran he suggested to consider MB as terrorist organization.

July 30th, 2013, 9:00 am


revenire said:

Biggest SC laugh this week: “Israel’s prisons are paradise.”

July 30th, 2013, 9:18 am


Tara said:

What is the name of the “straight street” mentioned in this article in Arabic?

After the funeral, Sawsan, a Christian woman left impoverished after the conflict sapped her husband’s tailoring business, sat overlooking the street in a kitchen so tiny that spare propane tanks doubled as stools.

Downstairs, her Sunni neighbors wholeheartedly supported the government line, dismissing rebels as terrorists. Sawsan did not. “They are all our men,” she said.

Asked if she shared other Christians’ fear of being targeted for their faith by the mainly Sunni rebels, she jutted her chin upward in the Syrian gesture for no. “This is the idea they try to spread,” she said, without specifying who. “To make people fight each other.”

July 30th, 2013, 9:34 am


Ghat Al Bird said:

Is this is what its all about……..

From the beginning, Zionists advocated a “Jewish State” not just in Palestine, but also in Jordan, southern Lebanon, and the Golan Heights as well.

In 1918 Ben-Gurion described the future “Jewish state’s” frontiers in details as follows:

“to the north, the Litani river [in southern Lebanon], to the northeast, the Wadi ‘Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into Sinai at least up to Wadi al-‘Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan”.

July 30th, 2013, 9:47 am


Akbar Palace said:

Still NO Info on Syrian Jails – LOL NewZ

Biggest SC laugh this week: “Israel’s prisons are paradise.”

Ozkose spoke to the AP at the office of Milat, a new newspaper with an Islamic background. The 33-year-old journalist was on board the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish aid boat bound for Gaza that was the target of a deadly raid by Israeli commandos in 2010, and he was held with other passengers in Israeli detention until they were deported.

In the interview, Ozkose described the Israeli detention center as “five-star” in comparison to the Syrian jail, where he slept on a concrete floor, saw naked prisoners and sometimes heard people crying out in anguish.

He said the Syrian militia and guards displayed a keen knowledge of Valley of the Wolves, a Turkish television drama that depicts Israeli soldiers committing atrocities, and features fictional Turkish hero Polat Alemdar, who might be described as a cross between James Bond and Rambo.

“They said, ‘Let’s see if Polat Alemdar will come and save you,” the captors constantly joked, according to Ozkose. “You have only one Polat, we have thousands.”

July 30th, 2013, 10:00 am


ziad said:

Crimes against Humanity: The Plight Of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Inaction and Indifference of International Human Rights Organzations

Recent developments serve to highlight the dire state of human rights within Israeli detention centres. Only yesterday (Tuesday 2nd April 2013) allegations were rife that the death of Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, who was serving a life-sentence in an Israeli prison, occurred as a result of being denied the proper medical treatment his throat cancer required. Two-months ago, Arafat Jaradat, another Palestinian prisoner died as a result of the torture he had endured whilst held captive in an Israeli prison and less than a week after his arrest. His death threatened to ignite a third Palestinian uprising but the Palestinian Authority was able to manage the understandable outpouring of emotion.

Another example concerns Samer Al-Issawi, whom began a hunger-strike approximately 250 days ago, despite doctors warning of the possibility of death at any moment. Akin to many other Palestinian prisoners who have gone on hunger-strike the motivation for Al-Issawi’s actions can be seen as a form of protest in opposition to the suffering encountered by Palestinians within Israeli prisons. What happened to Jaradat is now happening to Samer al-Issawi is representative of the daily suffering encountered by the 4,700 Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons – some of whom have been imprisoned for more than twenty-five years. Statistics reveal that the number of Palestinians detained by Israel since 1967 has risen to approximately 800,000. Many Palestinian prisoners have been arrested and subsequently held ‘without charge or trial that is authorized by administrative order rather than by judicial decree’[1] as well being subjected to physical and psychological torture, which violates international humanitarian law.

July 30th, 2013, 10:59 am


ziad said:

Israel is the only country in the world where the use of torture is seemingly openly legitimized by its judiciary, up to and including the Israeli Supreme Court – the highest judicial authority in Israel. For example, Israeli interrogators and various security services are licensed to continue torturing prisoners and detainees as they are safe in the knowledge that they are unlikely to be held accountable for their actions. The various forms of torture that Palestinian prisoners have been forced to endure has been well-documented within various Palestinian human rights groups’ reports. Some of the 56 types of torture will be covered within this Report.

It is noticeable that the torture of Palestinian prisoners begins upon the moment of their arrest until their arrival at the Israeli detention centres: through a brutal beating by batons, rifle butts etc. often accompanied by a traditional shoe-stomping. The renunciation of detainees access to their family, or even a lawyer is immediately enforced, a policy which is clearly in contravention of principle (16) of the United Nations Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners as approved in 1990.

No part of the body is left untouched when these customary beatings are carried out en route to the detention centres, with particular attention being paid to the upper parts of body and the head. The Palestinian prisoners are also regularly burnt with cigarette butts and have their hands and feet tied together, as well as being blindfolded. Another method of torture that the Palestinian prisoners are subjected to is electrocution. All of these crimes against humanity violate Article (33) of the minimum procedures system for the treatment of prisoners, as adopted by United Nations in 1955.

During detention, captives face several methods of torture, such as instances in which detainees: hands and feet are tied together; they are deprived of food and sleep whilst being kept in isolation and solitary confinement; threats are made against the safety of captives family members; cold water is poured on detainees in the winter; and they are thrown in torture rooms, in order to extract confessions deceptively. All these crimes are contrary to Article (12) in the minimum procedures system for the treatment of prisoners cited above. The religious rights of Palestinian prisoners are also restricted within Israeli prisons. Prisoners are also notably denied adequate medical care – a cause of great concern for those prisoners suffering from fatal illnesses such as cancer, as was the case with Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, as well as those suffering from heart, lung, kidney and spinal diseases. Moreover, there are numerous cases in which the condition of detainees suffering with neurological and psychological diseases has subsequently deteriorated as result of the absence of adequate medical provisions. Reports have even gone as far to accuse Israel of conducting biological and medical tests against inmates.

July 30th, 2013, 11:22 am


ziad said:

Is every one having problem with the SC website or is it just me?

I have to refresh multiple times to get the page displayed and I could not give the redthumpdown to 487. MAJEDKHALDOUN and 491. AKBAR PALACE. For a greater accuracy in assessing the acceptance of your message please add one to your dislikes.

July 30th, 2013, 11:39 am


Sami said:


What is the name of the “straight street” mentioned in this article in Arabic?

Medhat Basha.

July 30th, 2013, 12:46 pm


revenire said:

Syrian Kurd call to arms against jihadists – NGO

Syria’s main Kurdish militia on Tuesday issued a call to arms to all Kurds to fight jihadists in the country after the assassination of a Kurdish leader, a watchdog said.

“The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) called on all those fit to carry weapons to join their ranks, to protect areas under their control from attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters, Al-Nusra Front and other battalions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Voice of Russia, AFP

July 30th, 2013, 1:24 pm


apple_mini said:

Last night we stopped by a shawama shop, the owner gave back some money to a customer and told her since dollar is cheaper now, they charge less for their shawama.

This is quite positive in several aspects.

Not only stabilized lira provides confidence, but also those manipulators and speculators have to take notes.

July 30th, 2013, 1:34 pm


ziad said:

Syria and the Khan al-Assal massacre: Western silence, Gulf crimes and Covert Operatives

In Khan al-Assal over 150 people were brutally murdered by suspected al-Qaeda affiliates and remnants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Yet, the significance of Khan al-Assal applies to the chemical issue, whereby the Syrian government is adamant that terrorists were responsible for a past attack. Therefore, when viewing the methodology of the massacre, then something doesn’t meet the eye because it appears to have been done based on other motives and with the help of covert operatives.

Officially, the terrorist group called the Ansar al-Khilafa Brigade claimed responsibility but the behavior of the massacre leads to doubts about the sole responsibility of just terrorist forces. In the past, certain special covert operations have taken place against airfields and to firmly entrench various sectarian terrorist forces in northern Syria. Given the importance of Khan al-Assal in relation to the reported chemical attack and with the Russian Federation providing evidence which firmly pins chemical usage on terrorist forces – then was the massacre aimed at specific individuals or aimed to cover-up areas related to this incident?

It is known currently that the Syrian armed forces are making headway in Homs and in other parts of Syria. This reality makes the attack against Khan al-Assal appear even more like a covert operation because it is unimportant militarily given the recent setbacks. While Ansar al-Khilafa claims responsibility, and al Nusra played their part, it is doubtful that such an operation is possible without extremely professional individuals being involved. Therefore, the timing of the attack would indicate that covert operatives were at least among the two terrorist groups being held accountable. After all, only America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Kingdom could gain from this massacre because it can help to literally “bury the truth” about their respective false pretexts in relation to the chemical issue.

July 30th, 2013, 1:34 pm


Tara said:

Thx Sami.

July 30th, 2013, 1:35 pm


revenire said:

Rumors swirling that the FSA cannibal Khalid al-Hamad (Abu Sakkar) has been sent to Hell:

“NewsPoint ‏@newspointbiz 43s
We are verifying images purporting to show the dead body of Homs based rebel “Abu Sakkar” – known for his ‘flesh eating’ video #Syria”

“Dağıstan Yıldırım ‏@DagistanY 11m
Suriye ordusu kalp ve ciğer yiyen faruk tugayı sözde komutanı Abu Sakkar’ı cehenneme gönderdi

“Gerçek Suriye ‏@DoruSuriya 30m
Son Dakika : #Suriye Askerinin Kalbini kesip yiyen Vahşi Terörist Abu Sakkar, Suriye Ordusu tarafından öldürüldü …

July 30th, 2013, 1:48 pm


ziad said:

العرعور يتنكر للثورة والتسليح | والجيش السوري يتبع سنن الله الكونية | July 29.2013 .

July 30th, 2013, 1:50 pm


ziad said:

Egypt: Will the Military Learn From the Brotherhood’s Suicide?

The most basic lesson of the January 25 revolution in Egypt was lost on the Muslim Brotherhood. They seem to have missed the point that one of the key motivating factors that drove millions to the streets was to end dictatorship and authoritarianism. The revolts sought to break the idea of a power monopoly by any single party, group or person – regardless of their politics – in favor of governments that represent them in all their diversity.

Upon assuming power, the Brotherhood prepared to rule alone, believing that the people gave them that right by voting for them in the parliamentary and presidential elections. They didn’t even take advantage of the honeymoon period that usually accompanies revolutions of this kind, nor introduce policies that broke with the old order in any way, believing that if they allowed the opposition a little space in the media to express themselves, then that would be enough.

They did not do much better when it came to repositioning Egypt regionally and internationally, turning their attention to matters of concern for the Brotherhood organization and involving themselves in waging peripheral battles in places like Libya, Sudan, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, without achieving much of note.

Before long, everyone was abandoning the Brotherhood, to the extent that they appeared small and isolated compared to the opposition, which managed to unite just about everyone else under its banner. The majority of Egyptians realized that their rule was an exact copy of the Mubarak regime, and on top of this, both the security situation and the economic outlook were worsening by the day.

July 30th, 2013, 1:53 pm


ziad said:

The secret documents reveal the underlying links between the United States, Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood

Les documents secrets qui dévoilent les liens souterrains entre les Etats-Unis, Israël et les Frères musulmans

A la lumière d’une investigation très poussée et de recoupements de documents dont nous disposons, et en nous basant sur des sources multiples et fiables, ce travail d’investigation dévoile le lien souterrain entre l’administration américaine, le sionisme et les Frères musulmans.

La pierre angulaire de cette connexion stratégique n’est autre que Huma Abedin, bras droit d’Hillary Clinton, épouse d’un sioniste notoire candidat à la mairie de New York, Anthony Weiner, et fille de Saleha Mahmood Abedin, membre des Frères Musulmans, précisément de sa branche féminine «les Sœurs musulmanes», et qui siège au sein du bureau avec la femme du président égyptien déchu Mohamed Morsi, dont elle est l’amie personnelle

Algeriepatriotique avance les preuves matérielles de ces recherches pour la construction d’un article documenté qui a pou but d’éclaircir la situation actuelle ou postérieure à ce qui se passe dans le monde arabe sous le règne de la secte assassine des Frères musulmans et de ses ramifications tentaculaires. Le chaos que vit le monde arabe actuellement n’est autre que la résultante de tous ces éléments bien combinés.

July 30th, 2013, 2:03 pm


Uzair8 said:

#Syria #Assad –

The torturer and the truth:

“I am lying, but my lies will be taught as truth, while your truth will be washed away with your blood when we have finished with you.”

July 30th, 2013, 2:58 pm


Uzair8 said:

Posted on AJE blog about 8 hours ago:

Syrian rebel fighters shot down regime aircraft

An activist video posted online purports to show Syrian rebel fighters shot down regime aircraft near Damascus international airport, using OSA systems which is a Russian made, low-altitude, short-range tactical surface-to-air missile system.


July 30th, 2013, 3:01 pm


amal said:

Ramadan Hazoora

He’s a fraud and a coward
He’s a staunch defender of the Israeli apartheid regime
He mascarades as a champion of Syria
He’s not an Arab
He’s not a Muslim
He celebrates the slaughter of Syrian Christians
He defines the killing of mercenary terrorist invaders as genocide
He wants to get rich quick off of his genocide propaganda
His only supporters are slaves of Israel

Who is he? 😉

July 30th, 2013, 3:36 pm


amal said:

504. UZAIR8

#Israel #Mossad –

UZAIR8 the Israeli,

You’re still quoting “YALLASOURIYA”! A flimsy and mediocre piece of Israeli garbage propaganda 😀

July 30th, 2013, 4:36 pm


Syrian said:

Jad Bantha ‏@JadBantha 21m

Father Paolo is on a secret mission for reconciliation between different groups in #Raqqa and he is safe and sound I confirm again #Syria

July 30th, 2013, 4:42 pm


amal said:

505. UZAIR8

I don’t see a plane being shot down!

Could it be another one of your Israeli propaganda stunts?!


July 30th, 2013, 4:42 pm


amal said:

508. SYRIAN said:

Father Paolo is on a secret mission for reconciliation between different groups in #Raqqa and he is safe and sound I confirm again #Syria

A wanna be Catholic priest on a secret mission for reconciliation between mercenary islamist terrorists groups 😀 😀 😀

When are you going to grow up?!

July 30th, 2013, 4:51 pm


revenire said:

Ha ha “a secret mission”

July 30th, 2013, 5:16 pm


Syrian said:

509. AMAL said:

505. UZAIR8

I don’t see a plane being shot down!

Could it be another one of your Israeli propaganda stunts?!


مساكن الحرس الجمهوري
Today at 2:10am ·
صواريخ الخليج مع جبهة النصرة في الغوطة

مراسل مساكن الحرس الجمهوري في ريف دمشق :

منتصف ليل البارحة سمع انفجار في ‫#‏الغوطة_الشرقية‬ بعد الجسر الرابع من طريق المطار تبين فيما بعد أنه صاروخ غادر استهدف مروحية للجيش العربي السوري كما استهدفوها سابقاً في القابون أسفر عن سقوط الطائرة واستشهاد طاقمها .

أسرة الصفحة تتقدم لعوائل الشهداء بالتعزية لفقدان الشهداء والتبركة بشهادتهم .

على العهد باقون سوريا
🙂 🙂 🙂

July 30th, 2013, 5:49 pm


revenire said:

They saw it on Twitter. It’s not real.

July 30th, 2013, 6:48 pm


ziad said:

Why is there so much wrong about Syria?

Monday, July 2013 29, the Syrian army has taken the last quarter of Khaldiyé, the largest rebel district of Homs. The third largest city was named “Capital of the Revolution” by the opposition to the government of Bashar al-Assad. Despite the death certificates that have continued to be issued publicly for two years by the leading Western doctors – Alain Juppe, David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, etc.. -It seems that the Baathist regime is not dead. Everything happens as if it refused, not without arrogance, to submit to predictions and injunctions of the major NATO powers and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf.

Le Figaro Digital

July 30th, 2013, 6:49 pm


ziad said:

Israel wants Sunni-Shia war

July 30th, 2013, 8:17 pm


don said:

Tunisia and the Fall of the Assassins: Ennahda and the Ghannouchi agenda

Tunisia is once more facing a major internal crisis because of the role of the Ennahda Islamist Party and the agenda of Islamists which threaten the future of this nation. If Tunisians remain passive then gradually Gulf versions of Islam will strangle indigenous Islam and Tunisian society. Of course, powerful Ennahda figures understand full well what their real agenda is despite not all members being on board.

Rached al-Ghannouchi, the co-founder of the Ennahda party, sprouts moderation to willing audiences in the West which hear what they want to hear. However, in areas where he believes that he is “out of sight” then the usual Islamist militant rhetoric rears its head. This applies to Ghannouchi and his supporters which seek to lay the foundation of the demise of secularism.

Equally alarming, individuals like Ghannouchi have no qualms in using Gulf Islamist forces in order to strangle Tunisia by stealth. Ghannouchi was caught out on a video that wasn’t planned for willing fools at major so-called think tanks in the West. He stated that “The secularists are still controlling the media, economy and administration. Therefore, controlling them would require more time….the police and army’s support for Islamists is not guaranteed, and controlling them would also require more time.”

“I tell our young salafists to be patient… Why hurry? Take your time to consolidate what you have gained…create television channels, radio stations, schools and universities.”

Ghannouchi further comments that “We’ve met with Hizb ut-Tahrir, and the salafists, including Sheikh Abou Iyadh and Sheikh al-Idrissi.”

“The Islamists must fill the country with associations, establish Qur’anic schools everywhere, and invite religious preachers because people are still ignorant of Islam.”

These words are seditious because Ghannouchi is espousing that outside militant Islamists should usurp indigenous Islam from within. In Syria, this is what Gulf petrodollars are now trying to do by spreading Salafi Islam and Takfiri mindsets. However, this individual is well received at institutions like Chatham House and Brookings Institute – and many others. Yet the real Ghannouchi is meeting with Hizb ut-Tahrir and militant Salafists to plan the next stage in the militant Islamization of Tunisia. After all, Ghannouchi states “Take your time to consolidate what you have gained…create television channels, radio stations, schools and universities.”

It is also important to note that under the Ennahda-led government that Tunisians are flocking to Syria in order to join various terrorist and sectarian groups, including affiliate groups to al-Qaeda. Also, during the hostage crisis in Algeria many of the terrorists could be traced back to Tunisia. In other words, Tunisia is now a hotbed for Salafi propaganda and Takfiri mindsets which seek to spread death and destruction to other nations. Syrians therefore have been killed by many jihadists from Tunisia because the current government of Tunisia isn’t doing enough to stop the ratlines.

July 30th, 2013, 10:37 pm


zoo said:

Opposition to form provisional government in late August
July 31, 2013 12:17 AM

DOHA: The Syrian opposition will form a provisional government in the second half of August after months of failed efforts, Syrian National Coalition chief Ahmad Jarba said Tuesday. “I expect a government in exile to be formed around 10 days after Eid al-Fitr,” the Muslim feast that falls on Aug. 8 or 9, he told AFP in Doha, which he is visiting to seek support.

“There are several candidates” for the post of prime minister, he added, saying one “will be chosen by consensus or through election.”

The opposition has struggled to put forward a united front during the country’s more than two years of conflict.

The last attempt to form a provisional government collapsed earlier in July when rebel Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto resigned after nearly four months of failed efforts.

Opposition sources said Thursday the Syrian National Coalition would meet in Istanbul on Aug. 3 and 4 for talks on forming a provisional government.

Jarba also said the opposition needed clarifications before deciding about proposed peace talks, including mainly the position of Russia, which is providing unwavering support to the government of President Bashar Assad.

“Several issues must be clarified before attending the Geneva 2 conference, among them the Russian position,” he said.

Jarba also demanded a time frame for any talks that would take place.

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July 30th, 2013, 10:54 pm


zoo said:

@512 reve

Mandel’oglio is “walking” in Al Raqqah on a secret mission of reconciliation.

July 30th, 2013, 10:57 pm


zoo said:

Syrian Civil War- Rebels Have Little Hope Left

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s victory over the rebels seems almost assured now. Over two years ago with all the revolutionary thought of the Arab Spring, the Syrian Civil War began and today it is estimated that over 100,000 have died in the conflict and more than one million refugees created. Yet Bashar al-Assad’s regime remains firmly intact and resolute, even though the region has once again disintegrated into instability following the “coup” of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Over the last few weeks, the rebels’ abilities have been severely hindered and their actions from this point forward appear to be futile, given the sheer power and money that Assad’s forces command, as well as the lack of foreign intervention

Therefore, it is evident that the rebels do not have much longer until Assad perseveres; he has the ingredients for success with the backing of Iran, Hezbollah and the de facto backing of Putin, coupled with vast sums of money, experienced troops and a dash of sarin. The rebels however, are splintered, withered and beyond the pale.

July 30th, 2013, 11:05 pm


Sami said:

The words of a true man not willing to allow the sectarian blinders that blind so many on here from the true legitimate demands of the Syrian people:

كلمة الاب باولو وتحدثة عن اتحاد طلبة سوريا الاحرار

And honestly the pathetic attacks on his person and not his ideas show how shallow and baleful you are. Your pitiful sarcasm aimed at a man that has put his life in danger in order to help those that are less fortunate says a lot about the wicked and nasty soul you are.

You are not half the man he is. No, you don’t even measure up to the dirt stuck in his toe nail, let alone be half the man he is.

July 30th, 2013, 11:32 pm


Ghufran said:

Arour as you know is an agent of the Saudi regime which is now in charge of trying to unifying rebel forces with support from the USA , the goal is to save what can be saved.
Arour’s confession is too little too late, parts of Syria in the north and the east are already like Afghanistan, the man lied from the beginning and he is lying now. Those who supported the 1200 Islamist militias are responsible for the afghanization of the conflict in large parts of Syria, many of us warned about this from the early days of this war.
Political Islam is not dead, it is just wrong, and Egypt will not be the last example of Muslims rejecting this ideology, Tunisia and Libya will be next. I add my voice for the safe return of father Paolo, however thinking that a priest from Italy can bring reconciliation to Islamist rebels is a sci Fi story.

July 30th, 2013, 11:55 pm


Syrian said:

Regime supporter are really bothered that Father Paolo is doing his thing.and probably wish him harm to prove a point.This only shows how great this man is.
I pary for his safety and to succeed in all his effort

July 30th, 2013, 11:56 pm


Syrian said:

Ghufran, father Paolo has lived over 30 years of his adult life in Syria, I have a feeling that is more than what you have lived of your adult life there.

July 31st, 2013, 12:14 am


Ghufran said:
Qardawi attacking GCC rulers.
One thing for sure, GCC money was instrumental in killing Muslims in Iraq, Iran and Syria, not a single penny was spent to attack Israel.
This business of Islamist corrupt sheikhs changing their slogans to please their employers is a great source of entertainment.

July 31st, 2013, 12:24 am


Syrian said:

$3.6 Billions of Iran ayatollah’s oil money to keep supporting a regime that killed over 100 thousands Syrians

وقع أمس الاثنين كل من “مصرف سورية المركزي” و”البنك المركزي الإيراني” على اتفاق لتنفيذ قرض بقيمة 3.6 مليار دولار أميركي.

وبحسب وكالة الأنباء “سانا”، يتضمن الاتفاق الذي وقعه عن الجانب السوري حاكم “مصرف سورية المركزي” أديب ميالة، وعن الجانب الإيراني محافظ البنك المركزي الإيراني محمود بهمني، تسديد الجانب السوري قيمة النفط الذي يتم توريده من إيران عن طريق استثمارات إيرانية في سورية في مجالات مختلفة.

July 31st, 2013, 12:39 am


Ghufran said:

الكل يمشي وراء أمريكا و أمريكا لا تمشي وراء احد إلا في جنازته
(جلال عامر)

July 31st, 2013, 1:13 am


annie said:

Hizballah Cavalcade: The Songs of Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas: Militant Iraqi Shia Music & Syria

July 31st, 2013, 1:47 am


zoo said:


Qatar and Saudi have send more than 3 billions dollar of weapons to armed Islamists that have caused the death of 100,000 people.
Iran is sending oil for the people.

July 31st, 2013, 6:20 am


zoo said:

Baath Official: Terrorists’ Massacre in Khan al-Assal Meant to Cover Chemical Weapons Use

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior official of Syria’s Baath party said the foreign-backed militants in the country massacred people in Khan al-Asal in the Northern province of Aleppo to cover their crime of using chemical weapons in the same city in March.

“The goal of this act has been capping the terrorists’ use of chemical weapons against the residents of this region and the Syrian army,” Secretary of the Baath party in Daraa Hassan al-Rifae’i told FNA on Wednesday.

July 31st, 2013, 6:31 am


zoo said:

The eventual recapture of Khan al Assal would lead to a serious UN chemical weapons investigation that may discredit totally the rebels.
No wonder the rebels have done all they could to get hold of the town and destroy all traces of chemical weapons usage.
If the UN still finds them, that would be the biggest blow to any credibility the rebels still have on the international community.

Fighting rages for town in Syria chemical weapons row
July 31, 2013 11:54 AM
Agence France Presse
Syrians refugees try to enter a truck which will transport them back to their homeland at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Syrians refugees try to enter a truck which will transport them back to their homeland at the Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria July 30, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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BEIRUT: Syrian troops attacked rebel positions outside Khan al-Assal on Wednesday as they seek to recapture the northern town at the centre of rival chemical weapons accusations, activists said.

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July 31st, 2013, 6:48 am


zoo said:

Jesuit priest was not abducted, say activists
Contacts suspended for negotiations with jihadists
31 July, 13:18

(ANSA) – Beirut, July 31 – Italian Jesuit priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared in northern Syria on Sunday, “has not been kidnapped but has suspended all external contacts as part of negotiations” he is carrying out with jihadist members of the Syrian opposition, activists who accompanied the priest to Syria told ANSA on Wednesday.

The activists said Dall’Oglio entered Syria across the border with Turkey and has been negotiating with the militants since Sunday. The priest had an appointment with Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an organization linked to the al Nusra Front, the main jihadist group in the Syrian opposition. Dall’Oglio told the activists that he would interrupt all contact for a few days.

On Tuesday several websites of the Syrian opposition reported that the Jesuit was mediating to obtain the release of a television troupe working for an anti-regime broadcaster abducted recently near the city of Aleppo.

July 31st, 2013, 7:30 am


revenire said:

Annie what is this supposed to signify?

“527. ANNIE said:
Hizballah Cavalcade: The Songs of Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas: Militant Iraqi Shia Music & Syria

Are we to guess?

July 31st, 2013, 8:35 am


don said:

Syrian Kurds Urge Rise up against Extremist Groups

Syria’s main Kurdish community issued a call to arms to battle extremists after a Kurdish leader was killed on Tuesday weeks into clashes between the minority group and al-Nusra Front militants

“We call on the Kurdish people… to step forward… anyone fit to bear arms should join the ranks of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People [YPG] and to face the assaults of these armed groups,” said a YPG statement published on a Kurdish website.

July 31st, 2013, 9:13 am


don said:

Austria Defends Pull out from Golan

“The UN blue helmet force’s impartiality is no longer undisputed by partners on the ground, and we can neither ensure the soldiers’ supply nor their safety,” Defense Minister Gerald Klug told the Austria Press Agency.

Klug said he had repeatedly told the UN about the poor security situation in the ceasefire zone monitored by the peacekeepers.

July 31st, 2013, 9:18 am


don said:

Al-Ahed Exclusive Documents: Arab, Foreign Fighters among Al-Nusra in Ras Al-Ain Border Area

In an interview with al-Ahed news site, the head of the Kurdish National Movement for Peaceful Change, Ali Bashar al-Omri, revealed that “units devoted to protect the Kurds confirmed that Turks were among the armed groups and extremist militants.”
“Their dead bodies in addition to Turkish and French ambulances and Turkish flags and documents were found in possession of the armed groups,” he clarified.

In parallel, he mentioned that foreign and Arab passports were found in al-Nusra’s headquarters. These included the passports and ID documents of US, Tunisian, Bahraini and Egyptian militants.

Among the names of foreign militants names, according to Omri, are:

1 – “Jamil Aladdin” from Egypt [Cairo Governorate]. He entered Syria through the Ataturk Airport after landing in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Libya.

2 – “Adel Abdul Rahman Hassan” from Bahrain.

3 – “Riad Hussein Mansouri” from Tunisia . He moved from Libya to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul; and then to Syria.

4 – “Farouk Zaki Ibrahim” from Egypt. He was born in the United States.

5 – “Farouk Zaki Ibrahim” from the US state of Pennsylvania. He entered Syria through the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

Al-Omari also unveiled that al-Nusra group had recently kidnapped 19 Kurdish student, after seizing a bus coming from Homs to Ras al-Ain.

On the political level, he expressed his great astonishment by “the statements of the Turkish Foreign Minister in which he stated that his country is concerned about clearing Ras al-Ain from the armed groups.”

“He forgot that Ras al-Ain is a Syrian town,” al-Omari concluded.

July 31st, 2013, 9:27 am


don said:

Syria’s Kurds mobilize to fight al-Qaida groups

Beirut • A powerful Kurdish militia said Tuesday it is mobilizing against al-Qaida-linked rebels in northeastern Syria after a Kurdish opposition leader was killed in the area.

The fight between the Kurds and the extremists has become a war within a war in Syria’s oil-rich region. Clashes between Kurdish gunmen and members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant over the past weeks left dozens of gunmen dead from both sides.

The fighting claimed a prominent casualty Tuesday, as a car bomb killed Kurdish leader Issa Hisso, said the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the most powerful faction of the ethnic group in the region.

“We condemn this ugly criminal act and we promise the martyr and his comrades that we will stand idle,” the party said in a statement.

“The military units have declared mobilization,” he said. “The jihadi forces or forces of darkness have been attacking Kurdish areas so it is normal that there be military and political mobilization.

July 31st, 2013, 9:36 am


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said
Iran is sending oil for the people.

Barbaric persia is sending fire to Syria, sending weapons to kill Syrians, and destroy Syria, sendind members of HA the terrorist organization to help Assad kill Syriians, keeping this war longer to burn Syria more, Barbarian Persia is causing and perpetuating this civil war, Persia is the devil the wicked side in this war, all those Persian sheikhs will go to hell in this world and after

July 31st, 2013, 9:38 am


don said:

Saudi Weapons Delivered to Al-Qaeda in Northern Syria

According to a report by the Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, the UN’s information shows that the al-Nusrah Front and the Islamic Emirate of Iraq and Sham affiliated to the terrorist al-Qaeda organization have received a major part of the Saudi shipped weapons cargos.

Saudi Arabia has supplied the weapons from one of the East European countries, which were alleged to be shipped to the so-called moderate opposition forces who fight the Syrian government, but Riyadh has delivered them directly to the terrorist groups, the report said on Wednesday.

Earlier reports this month also said that Saudi Arabia had struck a deal with the Israeli army to buy weapons for militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Israeli Radio reported that Saudi Arabia signed a 50-million-dollar deal with Israeli army to supply the foreign-backed militants with old Israeli military equipment and arms.

The reports added that the weapons include different kinds of anti-tank missiles, military vehicles, artillery equipment, and night vision devices.

The report came as The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported last month that Saudi Arabia has provided the Takfiri militants with Russian-made Konkurs anti-tank missiles.

It quoted militant sources as saying that they had received the first batch of the heavy weaponry from Saudi Arabia in the Syrian Northern city of Aleppo.

July 31st, 2013, 10:10 am


don said:

Syria unrest, Israeli plot to destabilize Mideast

Dr. Barrett, looking at this situation from the very start of this strife in Syria we have seen a couple of attacks by the Israelis and basically we have seen no condemnation or very little condemnation from the international arena of the bombing of a sovereign country.

How is it that the international front can totally ignore and not condemn this type of attack?

– That is a very good question. It seems that there are two sets of international laws out there, one set for Israel and the other set for everybody else and the only international law that applies to Israel says that Israel can do anything Israel wants and nobody can do anything about it.

Israel has been attacking various countries and forces all over the world. They even attacked themselves; we have recently learned that it was an Israeli Mossad that blew up the Jewish Community Centers and targets in Argentina. This scandal is breaking now in Argentina so they attack anyone they want but what is really ironic here is that in Syria the destabilization program against the Assad government is being led by these militant Takfiri, so-called al-Qaeda fighters who are funded by Saudi Arabia and presenting themselves as extremist Islamic militants and of course as extremist Islamic militants they have to pretend that they do not like Israel but oddly enough it seems that they are coordinating their activities with the Israelis and the Israelis are intervening in the war in Syria on behalf of al-Qaeda and this, of course, raises all kinds of questions about what this Takfiri, al-Qaeda group really is all about.

Dr. Barrett, what about what Mr. Korb has said that, basically, it is the opposite that as a matter of fact with the situation with al-Qaeda now involved it actually leads to a lack of stability and basically that this situation that he is saying, as far as a coordination before with the Assad government and also, basically that it has always been Hezbollah attacking Israel and leading to instability.

Your take on his comments?

– Right, well he is just giving us too classic Zionist big lies, which is not surprising because, of course the motto of the Israeli Mossad is: “By way of deception though shalt do war.” So they are putting out big lies all the time. It is part of their war on the world and let us look at these two big lies that we just heard.

The first big lie is this notion that Hezbollah has been attacking Israel in acts of aggression, that is such a joke. Israel has been attacking, bombing, destroying, massacring people in the sovereign state of Lebanon, going back for decades and Hezbollah has simply been a resistance movement that is formed in Lebanon against this Israeli aggression.

And the second big lie that we just heard is that Israel wants stability in the region. That almost have me falling off my chair here, rolling on the floor laughing, because Israel is the biggest destabilization factor in the Middle East and the destabilization and the doctrine that says that Israel, in order to survive, must destroy all of the sovereign states around it by splitting them up into ethnic and sectarian enclaves, has been Israeli strategic doctrine since the days of the Oded Yinon Plan in the 1970’s.

That is why Israel has created al-Qaeda or at least steered al-Qaeda, greatly encouraged the formation of these extremist Takfiri militant groups and used them to destroy sovereign states throughout Middle East.

They have destroyed Sudan, they have broken it into two pieces. Southern Sudan is run by the Israelis. They have smashed Iraq into three pieces and the Israelis have a big interest in the Northern Kurdish part of Iraq. The Israelis have been part of the operation that has destroyed Libya and the whole so-called war on terror, which is all about destabilizing the Islamic World is the creation of the Israeli strategists who were behind the 9/11 false flag events.

So I would like to see if our friend in Washington (Lawrence Korb) can come up with any more big lies for me to debunk.

July 31st, 2013, 10:50 am


Mina said:

Not sure anyone answered yesterday quiz, so I’ll add one:
how long does it take to walk from the 4 seasons to the Shari’ al mustaqim in the Old City?

July 31st, 2013, 10:56 am


don said:

Ramadan in Egypt

Is Egypt the Next Syria? Qaradawi Calls on Muslims around the World to Wage Jihad in Egypt

Call this the Syrianization of Egypt. It’s pretty close to a call for a civil war backed by foreign fighters.It’s the clearest signal yet from a key Muslim Brotherhood figure that he intends to do to Egypt what he did to Syria. If the call was made from Qatar, that would suggest that Qatar will back this war on Egypt the way it has backed a war on Syria.

There have been already claims that many of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian Sunni refugees in Egypt are participating in Muslim Brotherhood riots. But this would take things to the next level.

The dirty little secret of the Muslim world is that Muslims kill each other in the name of Islam more often than they do non-Muslims. And the objection hasn’t stopped Al Qaeda from declaring non-Islamists or even fellow Islamists, infidels.

Having Qaradawi step forward with something so blatantly Takfiri could be an interesting development in Jihadist doctrine.

July 31st, 2013, 11:04 am


Akbar Palace said:


Thanks for the Panorama article by the 9-11 Truther Dr. Kevin Barrett. This guy Barrett is another extremist used by anti-Semites and the Iranian government (PressTV).

He also has a habit of beating up family members…

July 31st, 2013, 11:39 am


revenire said:

Israel furious at UN report detailing torture of Palestinian children

Israel’s security forces have been accused by a United Nations monitoring group of torturing and tormenting Palestinian children.

The Committee on the Rights of Children, a body of independent legal experts charged by the UN with the task of monitoring the protection of children’s rights in signatory states, has urged Israel to honour its responsibility to prevent the torture and ill-treatment of children.

“The Committee expresses its deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police, and about the State party’s failure to end these practices in spite of repeated concerns expressed by treaty bodies,” the investigative body stated in its periodic review of Israel’s child rights record, released on Thursday.

“[Palestinian children are] systematically subject to physical and verbal violence, humiliation, painful restraints, hooding of the head and face in a sack, threatened with death, physical violence, and sexual assault against themselves or members of their family, restricted access to toilet, food and water.

“These crimes are perpetrated from the time of arrest, during transfer and interrogation, to obtain a confession but also on an arbitrary basis as testified by several Israeli soldiers as well as during pretrial detention.”

July 31st, 2013, 11:59 am


majedkhaldoun said:

The Assad supporters always
Call the rebels terrorists
Call the revolution conspiracy.
Blame Israel and the west for their own evil actions,
Say the barbarian Persia innocent country
Say the trouble and the crisis Syria is going through as minor thing and it is about to end
Quote procriminals who support Assad as if those criminals are good people to quote, Don Ilya are examples.
Lie ,fabricate stories, exagerate.Ghufran is good example, however lying is Ziad(jad) specialty.
Blame foreign fighters for their failures
Deny Assad numoerous massacres.
Support the crimes of Assad
Call rebels animals, Bacteria, or bums,Revenir is good example
Twist analysis,Zoo is an example
Say the most absurd obnoxious words or comments,Amal(Dandashi) example

Attack Aljazeera, AlArabiyeh channel and attack Mr.Landis and his associates

July 31st, 2013, 12:25 pm


ghufran said:

The loss of al-khalidya means that Homs will be under regime control within few weeks or months unless rebels take resources from Aleppo and redirect them to Homs, that will leave rebels exposed in Aleppo.
Turkey, KSA and the USA are trying to draw new borders where rebels keep what they have and the regime does not advance too much, this mentality makes a major attack on Homs by the rebels unlikely, however it looks like a counter attack by the regime on Aleppo in imminent, this attack may not retake Aleppo but it will attempt to solidify and protect current positions and recapture few posts that were lost in the last few weeks.
Finger pointing is starting after the fall of al-khalidiya:
(this is from aks alser,not regime-friendly media)
حمل ضباط منشقون هيئة أركان الجيش الحر مسؤولية تقدم النظام في مدينة حمص، حيث أشار أحد هؤلاء الضباط الذي رفض الكشف عن اسمه لـ”الشرق الأوسط” إلى أن “السبب الرئيس لسقوط حي الخالدية هو عدم إرسال هيئة أركان (الحر) السلاح للكتائب التي تقاتل داخل حمص”، موضحا أن “الكثير من كميات الأسلحة يتم تخزينها على المناطق الحدودية ولا توزع على الكتائب المقاتلة بشكل عادل”.
وقال إن “كتائب تلبيسة والرستن لم تؤازر مقاتلي حمص لأنهم على خلاف معهم والسبب في ذلك يرجع إلى هيئة الأركان التي ترسل السلاح إلى طرف وتهمل طرفا آخر.
ولفت المصدر إلى “وجود الكثير من سرقات السلاح التي تحصل من دون أن تتمكن هيئة الأركان من ضبطها”، مشددا على أن “الفساد الموجود في الجيش النظامي انتقل إلى صفوف الثورة فتحولت القيادة إلى مجموعة من العائلات حيث يعين كل ضابط أفراد عائلاته في المناصب العسكرية دون أن يكون لديهم حد أدنى من الخبرة”.
وكشف الضابط المنشق أن “الكثير من المعارك تعلن عنها هيئة الأركان لتنسحب لاحقا وتورط الكتائب في ميدان المعركة تاركة إياهم دون إمداد عسكري، الأمر الذي تسبب بمقتل المئات من عناصر الجيش الحر”.
في المقابل، ينفي الناطق باسم المجلس العسكري الأعلى في الجيش الحر قاسم سعد الدين سقوط حي الخالدية مشيرا لـ”الشرق الأوسط” إلى أن “الجيش النظامي دخل الأطراف الغربية من الحي ولم يتمكن من السيطرة عليه لا سيما بعد تفخيخه من قبل الثوار”.
وفي حين أقر سعد الدين، بتقاعس كتائب الريف في حمص عن دعم مقاتلي المعارضة المحاصرين في المدينة، أشار إلى أن سبب ذلك نقص السلاح وليس شيئا آخر.
وأوضح أن هيئة الأركان لا تقطع الدعم عن أي كتيبة عسكرية أثناء معاركها مع النظام لكن بعض الكتائب تتخذ قرار المعركة دون تخطيط أو تنسيق مسبق الأمر الذي يؤدي إلى نتائج ميدانية سيئة
One ominous sign for pro rebels governments is the almost total absence of Idris militia (FSA) from most battles and the emigration of many of his soldiers to Islamists militias, I suspect, barring any unforeseen developments, that the FSA’s name will gradually disappear in the next few months.

July 31st, 2013, 12:27 pm


don said:

542. don said:

*Your comment is awaiting moderation.*

Ramadan in Egypt

Is Egypt the Next Syria? Qaradawi Calls on Muslims around the World to Wage Jihad in Egypt

Call this the Syrianization of Egypt. It’s pretty close to a call for a civil war backed by foreign fighters.It’s the clearest signal yet from a key Muslim Brotherhood figure that he intends to do to Egypt what he did to Syria. If the call was made from Qatar, that would suggest that Qatar will back this war on Egypt the way it has backed a war on Syria.

There have been already claims that many of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian Sunni refugees in Egypt are participating in Muslim Brotherhood riots. But this would take things to the next level.

The dirty little secret of the Muslim world is that Muslims kill each other in the name of Islam more often than they do non-Muslims. And the objection hasn’t stopped Al Qaeda from declaring non-Islamists or even fellow Islamists, infidels.

Having Qaradawi step forward with something so blatantly Takfiri could be an interesting development in Jihadist doctrine.

July 31st, 2013, 12:28 pm


apple_mini said:

Nowadays almost all intersections in Damascus have traffic cops enforcing traffic laws especially stopping drivers from running red lights.

This is another sign that law and order are coming back to the city. People are staying out later nowadays.

As predicted after SAA gradually restored control over suburban areas, we no longer hear much about kidnapping.

For more than a year, the fear of being kidnapped had been looming over the region and it took a huge toll on citizens stripping off their sense of security.

Blackout has become much less a problem. At the area where I live, we only experience an hour a day even during weekdays.

Although we hear a lot about fighting in Homs, the reality is that Homs is even safer than Damascus.

Only if we can reach Aleppo…

July 31st, 2013, 12:33 pm


don said:

المجموعات الإرهابية التكفيرية تحفر نفق في مدينة حرستا

July 31st, 2013, 12:34 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Israel furious at UN report detailing torture of Palestinian children


Thanks for another “eye-popping” expose of the criminal Zionists. Your criticism of how the Israelis treat Palestinian children is a bit “Orwellian” as Assad has been indiscriminantly killing thousands of Syrian children more than the Israelis.

But of course, UNICEF and other UN bodies are afraid to call the Assad government on the carpet. Try to find a UN article critical of the Assad government’s treatment of children! You won’t find any, because the UN would prefer to white-wash Assad’s crimes and be “even-handed” with the current “conflict” that Assad has put Syria through as the un-elected dictator and chief thug.

Any UN organization that can blame Israel “detailing torture of Palestinian children” without detailing the torture and killing of Syrian children by the acts of the Assad regime should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

The report prompted a furious response from Israel, countering that the findings are “not based on any direct investigation on the ground, only on documents gathered from secondary sources.”

At least the UN admits about 6000 Syrian children have died since Assad refused to step down as sole dictator. Top that IDF…

July 31st, 2013, 1:45 pm


Sami said:

As time has passed, responsibility for the ongoing devastation of Syria has become somewhat diffuse. Islamist financiers in Arab oil principalities buttress jihadists. Iran is determined to salvage Assad as a satrap, Persian-imperial-style. The West has sat by watching and left its friends to twist in the wind. Nothing, however, should blur the cardinal criminality of those who created the whole mess and who have been the engine of horror: Assad and his security apparatus.

As much as some on here wilfully choose to obscure the truth the reality is the majority of the devastation and deaths have been caused by the arrogance and a false sense of self entitlement that the Assadists and its band of thugs feel they deserve.

July 31st, 2013, 1:45 pm


Sami said:

“Although we hear a lot about fighting in Homs, the reality is that Homs is even safer than Damascus.”

In what sense exactly? In the sense that after two years of constant and systematic bombardment the Assadists can safely go to rob, rape and pillage to add items to their “Sunni Markets” without the fear of any resistance?

July 31st, 2013, 1:51 pm


zoo said:

YoYo Jarba: We will not go to Geneva until we are strong militarily

Syrian opposition chief: No talks for time being

BEIRUT (AP) — The main Western-backed Syrian opposition will not take part in any peace negotiations with the government until rebels gain the upper hand on the battlefield again, the group’s chief said Wednesday.

The statement reflected the new reality on the ground, where the forces of President Bashar Assad have been making significant gains against the rebels on several key fronts.

Ahmad al-Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition, said rebels were regrouping after a series of setbacks and predicted they would regain ground in the coming “few weeks.”

“We will not go to any negotiations until the Free Army and revolutionary forces are strong on the ground and cohesive as they were eight months ago,” he said in comments made to the state-run Qatari news agency while on a visit to Doha.

July 31st, 2013, 4:50 pm


zoo said:

551. apple_mini

In Beirut they have blackout 5 or 6 hours a day…

July 31st, 2013, 4:52 pm


zoo said:

#501 Ziad

I fully agree. It is not a coincidence that Khan al Assal was overwhelmed by the Al Qaeda fighters just as the UN chemical weapons team arrived in Damascus to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack by the rebels in Khan Al Assal.
It seems very clear that the Al qaeda fighters have acted in concert with the opposition coalition and the FSA under the direction of the “friends of Syria”.

They knew that if the UN team inspected Khan al Assal they would find traces of sarin, probably fabricated in Turkey. That would have been a huge blow both to Turkey and to the rebels, thus the urgency to destroy all they could in Khan al Assal probably under the supervision of Turkish and US chemical experts. They may have burned all the victims who bore signs of the chemical weapons. If proven, this is a vicious massacre that cannot get unpunished.
I still hope the SAA can regain Khan Al Assal and still find some traces of the chemical weapons attack.

July 31st, 2013, 5:05 pm


Uzair8 said:

Has Mufti Hassoun commented on the regime destruction of Hazrat Khalid Bin Walid’s (RA) shrine?

I’m sure the late Dr Buti (ra) would have demanded answers. Perhaps may even have defected?

July 31st, 2013, 5:09 pm


revenire said:



We have it from the best of sources that FSA communications indicate a dreadful collapse of morale and the ever-present sense of despair as rodents who made the worst of choices must now contemplate life in exile. Saleem Idrees is being being blamed for “favoritism” in the manner he distributed weapons to units nominally under his command. He is also blamed by high-ranking officers in the Fake Syrian Army for delaying reinforcements to Al-Khaalidiyya from areas like Al-Rastan and Talbeesa. These remnant rodents are now being annihilated as we write. The local populations now know that the FSA is a bladder of gas with no power and no ability to recover after this monumental disaster. Furthermore, the local population in Homs has expressed no desire for the beheading-cannibalistic ways of the Jihadists, especially because so many are from backward, simian societies. The victory is at hand. Only ‘Anadaan awaits. That will come when new forces are released to further strengthen are boys in Aleppo. ZAF

July 31st, 2013, 5:11 pm


zoo said:

#541 Majed

I am sure you don’t sleep well as you are having nightmares of being forced to convert to Shiism by “barbaric”, “wicked” and “evil” “Persian sheikhs”.
Don’t worry, you present no interest whatsoever for them.

July 31st, 2013, 5:16 pm


zoo said:

@560 revenire

If Idriss goes, I won’t be surprised as they fall one after the other like chess pawns. None has shown any sense of leadership, independence and charisma. They just repeat what their masters tell them to say. Most of the declaration are infantile.
When criticized, they keep giving the ridiculous excuse that it’s all the fault of the Baath regime is they are leaderless, naive, disorganized, greedy, corruptible and weak.

They should just admit that the game goes far beyond their limited abilities and just renounce to play it as it onky results in more death, division and destruction of a once united and proud country.

July 31st, 2013, 5:26 pm


ilya said:

Muslim Brotherhood Wanted Egypt’s Break-Up for Israel with a “Free Army”, Idriss in Israel

July 31st, 2013, 5:41 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

I received this message from Riad Al Asaad
الله اكبـــــــــــــــــــــــر الله اكبـــــــــــــــــــر

هــــــــــــــــــــــــام ::: حمص

… بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
قامت اليوم عدة كتائب من الجيش السوري الحر بقيادة المجلس العسكري لمحافظة حمص بشن هجوم واسع على قوات الأسد المتواجدة في الريف الشمالي و قامت بتحرير كل من قرى الخالدية والدوير و كبدت عصابات الأسد خسائر فادحة و ما تزال العمليات مستمرة حتى اللحظة

اللهم ثبت المجاهدين وسدد رميهم

July 31st, 2013, 5:54 pm


Sami said:

Zoo, and Beirutis are flocking to Damascus…. كلشي بخير

Btw Apple-Mini when you say everything in Damascus is normal does that include Harasta, Qaboun, moukhayam Yarmouk, Barzeh? Or does Malki and Abou Roummaneh only count?

July 31st, 2013, 6:27 pm


zoo said:

#541 Majed

The agitated and confused way you are writing, calling names and insulting, show that you lack sleep. Maybe you are having nightmares of being forced to convert to Shiism by “barbaric”, “wicked” and “evil” “Persian sheikhs”.

July 31st, 2013, 7:03 pm


zoo said:

#565 Sami

You seem impatient to see Damascus suburbs pacified like the center, just wait a bit, it is coming

July 31st, 2013, 7:06 pm


Syrialover said:

This is fun.

More exposure of Assad-loving pseudo journalist Sharmine Narwani.

First we learned that this rabid spitter at all things western was once in business with her defense contractor ex-husband.

Now we find out the shallow truth about her proudly displayed title “Senior Associate at St Antony’s College, Oxford University.”

It seems she is one of 60 such people wearing that title at one of Oxford University’s 60 or so colleges.

Also interesting is the fact that the title is given to people who only visit the college for one term to one year to do research. The fact she has been hanging around there for a couple of years shows she hasn’t managed to finish what she claimed she was there to do.

This information comes from expert Middle East blogger Brian Whitaker, who decided to check her out after she had been tweeting screeching insults about British Universities, the UK and so on(See “Resisting colonialism at Oxford”

Next thing I hope we hear about is who is sponsoring this toxic loudmouth hypocrite’s “career”.

July 31st, 2013, 7:15 pm


ilya said:

West’s main aid group for Syrian rebels collapses into disarray
The main Western support group for the Syrian opposition is in disarray, has failed to channel any substantial aid to fighters on the ground and is “struggling to keep the lights on”, The Telegraph has learnt.
Even as President Bashar al-Assad has made sweeping advances across parts of his country, the Syrian Support Group (SSG) has been riven by internal divisions and struggled to raise funds.
The group had been considered a potential game-changer whose money-raising abilities would equip the rebels with much-needed modern weapons.
But instead of using a unique US licence to funnel funds to the opposition, the group has spent months pursuing a fruitless dash to make millions of dollars from Syrian oil.
One former staff member has alleged that the leadership had become “obsessed” with landing a jackpot oil deal and lost sight of its core mission to back the rebels.
The head of the SSG in Washington resigned last month after the group failed to gain real traction with US officials and its London operation is under threat of closure after falling foul of the Government.
The Foreign Office has demanded the group repay thousands of pounds from a grant after determining that some of the money was improperly spent.
Over the past few months, Mr Assad has made major advances regaining control over key rebel towns and cities including most of Homs, all of Qusayr and was reported yesterday to be advancing on the Aleppo suburbs.
His success has come as well-armed radical Islamist groups have turned on the more moderate mainstream opposition rebels who have complained of being starved of weapons.
The West had hoped the SSG, founded in the US in December 2011, would channel support to these moderate elements within the Syrian uprising and in May last year it was granted a coveted Treasury licence allowing it to skirt American sanctions on the country.
But private donations dried up after the US State Department warned the SSG that its funds could not be used for weapons. Instead according to David Falt, a whistleblower who served as SSG’s European government affairs director, the group turned its efforts from fundraising to pursuing large and controversial oil deals under the leadership of Brian Sayers, a former Nato official.
Mr Falt has revealed internal emails between Mr Sayers and others, containing proposals to raise money by selling rights to Syrian oil output.
“Brian and some others were obsessed with the oil. The idea they could raise hundreds of millions from the sale of the oil came to dominate the work of the SSG to the point no real attention was paid to the nature of the conflict,” said Mr Falt.
read more
Yours rebel hero General Idriss is more concerned with bombing oil fields than fighting Assad haha this is funny
Yikes truth about this charlatan is starting to come out

July 31st, 2013, 7:21 pm


ilya said:

The Impending Battle Between
FSA, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

The reality on the ground in Syria indicates that a new conflict could break out at any moment between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The tension between the two was revealed by reports from the liberated areas, where ISIS is practicing a harsh tyranny. The ISIS is harassing the people of Aleppo as they move between the areas held by the FSA and the Syrian army. The ISIS is arresting people on charges of secularism, and the group has also assassinated an FSA leader in the Latakia countryside. Both sides are now on alert and expecting a clash soon.
Between Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS
The emergence of the ISIS, which is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was unlike that of Jabhat al-Nusra. The latter is considered the womb that gave birth to the ISIS.
Baghdadi announced the ISIS’ establishment a few months ago based on a request, it is thought, by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri to set up an Islamic state in the region. Despite its loyalty to al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra did not obey the request at the time, claiming that such a move was premature.
In order to avoid a dispute between Baghdadi and Jabhat al-Nusra’s leader Abu Mohammed Joulani, Zawahri did not immediately recognize the ISIS and accused Baghdadi of acting hastily without consulting al-Qaeda. In a tape broadcast by al-Qaeda supporters on social networking sites, Zawahri criticized Jabhat al-Nusra for opposing the ISIS in public.
It seems that Zawahri’s order to dissolve the ISIS was not positively received by Baghdadi, who believes that the ISIS should remain. Thus arose a Salafist schism in Syria between Jabhat al-Nusra militants, whose foreign fighters are a small minority, and the ISIS, which includes many fighters from a variety of countries.
According to sources in opposition-controlled areas, the quarrel between Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS is about more than loyalty to their competing leaders. Jabhat al-Nusra operates on a principle similar to that of the FSA: first overthrow the regime, then establish an Islamic state. On the other hand, Baghdadi’s supporters want to establish the Islamic caliphate immediately, regardless of when the regime is overthrown. So the ISIS has decided to halt its military actions and focus on strengthening its grip on the areas it controls: the Aleppo countryside and some the city’s neighborhoods, the Idlib countryside, specifically Binsh, and to a lesser extent the rural areas of Latakia, then Raqqa.
Raqqa is a special case. The ISIS controls most of the city’s civil administration buildings in conjunction with the Salafist-leaning Ahrar al-Sham, which has not declared allegiance to al-Qaeda.
What is happening in Raqqa should be carefully examined. According to some activists, Jabhat al-Nusra gradually withdrew from Raqqa and ceded its posts to the ISIS, which moved to set up checkpoints and Islamic courts. The ISIS now controls the roads leading to the area and has imposed a dictatorship whereby anyone who professes secular ideas is arrested and tortured on the grounds that he is an “apostate and an infidel.”

Read more:

July 31st, 2013, 7:34 pm


Syrialover said:

Hi there to SYRIAN HAMSTER, TARA, SAMI, DAWOUD, OMEN and others who have regularly expressed contempt and mockery for notorious piece of work Sharmine Narwani (my post #568).

I love to mention her here as she is such an important source of inspiration and quotes for REVENIRE, CITIZEN, ZIAD and ZOO.

It shows how desperate they are.

July 31st, 2013, 7:41 pm


Tara said:

Nothing he can do to improve his image.  Nothing!

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad joins Instagram
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has created an account with photo sharing social media tool Instagram, in an attempt to show his more likeable side.

July 31st, 2013, 7:58 pm


revenire said:

Oh, come on. Those are just nice photos. It is Instagram.

July 31st, 2013, 8:26 pm


Tara said:


Feel free to add them to your collection. I know you’d like them. I will skip.

July 31st, 2013, 8:34 pm


revenire said:

Tara if it wasn’t Assad I am sure you’d say they were a handsome couple and there are lots of cute kids in the collection.

I understand how you feel I suppose but we have to come together.

Take care.

PS – I gave you a green “thumbs up” just now. Why not?

July 31st, 2013, 9:06 pm


zoo said:

Syria Lover

Oh yes, in view of the way things are turning out with the imminent collapse of the FSA, the rampant sclerosis of the SNC, the elusive UK, France, USA lethal aid, I sure have very good reasons to get “desperate”. Don’t you?

July 31st, 2013, 10:04 pm


zoo said:

Al Nusra, the powerful terrorist group ally of the Selim Idriss’s shrinking FSA are obeying Turkey’s order and killing Syrian and Turkish Kurds that they call ‘terrorists’.

Al-Nusra front kills more than 200 PKK terrorists

[ 31 July 2013 14:11 ]

Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. Al-Nusra Front has blown up building of Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, APA reports quoting websites of jihad groups.

Al-Nusra reported that more than 200 terrorists of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed in the fight with PYD on the border of Syria with Turkey.

Armed conflict between the two organizations continues.

July 31st, 2013, 10:10 pm


zoo said:

Washington: US intelligence analysts have concluded that a recent Israeli airstrike on a warehouse in Syria did not succeed in destroying all of the Russian-made anti-ship cruise missiles that were its target, and therefore further Israeli strikes are likely.

Read more:

July 31st, 2013, 10:15 pm


zoo said:

The West is hitting back at Erdogan’s arrogance

US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan’s ‘anti-semitic’ statements in letter to President Gül

ANKARA – Hürriyet

Forty-six U.S. representatives have written a letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gül criticizing some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements which they described as “anti-semitic,” daily Hürriyet reported.

The letter requested Gül to publically condemn “the anti-semitic rhetoric” of government officials.

July 31st, 2013, 10:19 pm


zoo said:

Syrian Kurds are set to move against Idriss’s crumbling FSA

Jihadist hold 200 Syria Kurds hostage: NGO

BEIRUT – Agence France-Presse

Jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda have taken hostage around 200 Kurdish civilians after violent clashes with Kurdish fighters in two villages of eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.

“Fighters of Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have seized control of Tall Aren village in Aleppo province and are laying siege to another village nearby, Tall Hassel,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“They have taken hostage around 200 civilians from the inhabitants of the two villages,” it said, without giving details on their demands.

On July 30, Syria’s main Kurdish militia issued a call to arms to battle jihadists, hours after a Kurdish leader was killed following weeks of clashes between the minority group and radical Islamists.

“We call on the Kurdish people… to step forward… anyone fit to bear arms should join the ranks of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) and to face the assaults of these (jihadist) armed groups,” said a YPG statement.

Isa Huso, a prominent Kurdish politician, was assassinated as he left his house in the city of Qamishli, a pro-Kurdish news agency reported.

That raised to new heights Kurdish resentment against the main opposition National Coalition and mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).

“Despite our repeated calls to the National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army command… to date these parties have failed to take a clear position” against the radicals, the YPG statement said.

Jihadists ‘focusing to Kurds’
It said it was clear that FSA battalions were coordinating with jihadist groups. It singled out Al-Nusra Front and ISIS, saying they and the FSA “have become one side in attacking the Kurdish people”.

July 31st, 2013, 10:28 pm


ziad said:

The fall and fall of the Turkish Empire

And by protesting the coup, are the Turkish Muslims not refuting the fatwa by Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheik Ahmed El-Tayeb who supported the coup? Do they not know that Mr. el-Tayeb occupies the highest seat of learning in the Sunni world?

Liberal Party’s chairman, Cem Toker, was probably wrong when he asked Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu whether he was Turkey’s foreign minister or Syria’s interior minister. Mr. Davutoğlu is Syria’s, Egypt’s and Iraq’s interior minister (until he adds new jobs to his portfolio). And why does Mr Davutoğlu urge the West to intervene in Syria and Egypt while he and his cabinet comrades categorically refuse even the mildest western criticism on Turkish affairs?

Last week, both Mr. Davutoğlu and Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç firmly said that Turkey would not tolerate a de facto Kurdish entity in northern Syria. Now Mssrs Davutoğlu and Arınç should explain why they would not tolerate a Syrian Kurdish entity while they tolerate, with smiles, Kurdish entities in Iraq and Turkey. Does Mr. Davutoğlu think that the acronym KRG in northern Iraq stands for the Kenyan Regional Government?

Perhaps it is about time the very important men in Ankara should sit down and think over the Egyptian interim government’s warning that Ankara should stop meddling in Egyptian politics. It was not a coincidence that Egypt’s presidential spokesman, Ahmed Elmoslmany, said that “1- The Turkish statements were inappropriate, 2- Ankara should respect Egypt’s sovereignty, and 3- Turkey has to understand it is speaking about a big country with a great history.”

In the face of the Syrian impasse, Mr. Davutoğlu recently put the blame on President Bashar al-Assad’s living mother: “Assad’s problem is that his mother is still alive… and reminds him of his father.”

What, then, is the problem about Egypt, Minister Davutoğlu? That former dictator Hosni Mubarak is still alive and reminds Egypt’s military leaders of a tradition of coups? What is the problem about Arab leaders who more than welcomed the coup in Cairo? That they are alive and remind themselves of their own monarchies? What is the problem about Iraq, Mr. Davutoğlu? That it is haunted by the spirit of Saddam Hussein?

July 31st, 2013, 10:33 pm


Ghufran said:

While many of you are busy throwing mud at others, Putin met with Bandar yesterday.
The FSA will cease to exist in the near future after many rebels joined Nusra and others simply quit. Rebels are now attacking areas ” friendly with the regime” at random killing civilians daily, the last incident was in Barzah when terrorists bombed a mini bus killing 6 people, that came after a series of car bombs that were detonated in civilian areas.
Kurds are now targets also, it is obvious now that this war has two sides, Islamist rebels on one side and everybody else on the other side, this reality will only help the regime and increase pressure on the opposition to abandon their current strategy in favor of some type of an agreement that is shaping up slowly and may materialize in September.
Those of you on either side who still think that a victory is possible are living in a bubble.
Btw, masjed khaled ibn alwalid is still up and standing tall, it sustained damage but is far from being destroyed, Homs will slowly recover but I can not say the same about areas under nusra’s control, western governments and KSA have accepted the fact that the most they may be able to get is to preserve rebels- controlled areas in the north and the east , the only part that is still subject to uncertainty is Aleppo, neither sides wants it to be under the other side’s control, that may explain the recent escalations in khan al- Asal and other areas in Aleppo province. As for the Kurds, hijab sent a letter to a Kurdish leader giving his blessings to a Kurdish state with a great deal of autonomy, only Islamist rebels are opposed to this because they do not want any competition, they, nusra terrorists, have kidnapped 200 Kurds and are trying to dominate Kurdish towns with the help of Turkey.

July 31st, 2013, 10:37 pm


zoo said:

In view of the short rise and fall of the Moslem Brotherhood, the operators of their strategy to enslave the poor Arab countries, Turkey and Qatar are ruminating their failure, Qatar in silence, Turkey by daily attacks on the international community.
Overall it was a tragic miscalculation that has causes enormous death and destruction.
Qatar and Turkey will be severely judged by history and in 2014, Erdogan may be end his political career just like HBJ.

July 31st, 2013, 10:41 pm


Ghufran said:

There is no truth to the claims that this FSA is launching an attack on Homs, only islamist rebels are active around Homs and their number is enough to keep the fight going but not enough to stop what Ar’our called ” god’s will” in central Syria.
This is a sample of what nusra et al are doing against Kurdish towns:
محافظة حلب – المرصد السوري لحقوق الإنسان:: سيطر مقاتلو جبهة النصرة والدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام على بلدة تلعرن بريف حلب فيما لا تزال قرية تل حاصل محاصرة من قبلهم، وبحسب نشطاء فإن مقاتلي الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام وجبهة النصرة قد قاموا باختطاف عدد من المواطنين واحتجازهم، حيث وصل عدد المحتجزين، إلى ما يقارب 200 مواطن من أهالي البلدتين، كما تعرضت بلدة تلعرن لأعمال سلب ونهب وسرقة من قبل المقاتلين  كما لقي ثمانية رجال بينهم ستة مقاتلين من لواء جبهة الاكراد مصرعهم على ايدي مقاتلين من دولة العراق والشام والعراق الاسلامية وجبهة النصرة في بلدة تلعران

July 31st, 2013, 10:49 pm


revenire said:

Ghufran there will be a military victor and it will be the government. Don’t kid yourself. Homs is a done deal. It’s mop up only there now.

July 31st, 2013, 11:31 pm


ziad said:

The Impending Battle Between
FSA, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

تشير معطيات الواقع الميداني في سوريا إلى صراع جديد قد يشتعل في أي لحظة، بين «الجيش السوري الحر» ومقاتلي «الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام». ويتبدى التوتر بين الطرفين من خلال أنباء من المناطق المحررة تتحدث عن حالة استبداد غير مسبوقة تتبعها جماعة «الدولة الإسلامية»، تبدأ بإذلال أبناء حلب عند المعابر بين مواقع سيطرة النظام ومواقع «الجيش الحر»، مروراً بحملات اعتقالات بتهمة العلمانية، وصولاً إلى اغتيال أحد قادة الكتائب المقاتلة في ريف اللاذقية. كل ذلك شكل عوامل تأهب لاقتتال بين الطرفين يتفق عليه الجميع.

بين «النصرة» و«الدولة الإسلامية»

لم يكن ظهور مسلحي «دولة العراق والشام» مسألة مألوفة كحال «جبهة النصرة»، وهي تعتبر بمثابة الرحم، الذي خرجت منه جماعة «الدولة» بزعامة أبي بكر البغدادي.
وكان البغدادي أعلن تأسيس «الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام» قبل أشهر فقط، وفق ما يعتقد انه بطلب من زعيم تنظيم «القاعدة» أيمن الظواهري إنشاء دولة إسلامية في المنطقة. لكن الطلب الأخير لم يلق قبولاً حينها من «جبهة النصرة»، فبرغم مبايعتها لـ«القاعدة»، إلا انها تحفظت عن قرار إنشاء الدولة على اعتبار انه سابق لأوانه.
ومنعاً للخلاف بين البغدادي وزعيم «النصرة» أبي محمد الجولاني، لم يعترف الظواهري بالكيان الجديد، فانتقد «الدولة الإسلامية» متهماً البغدادي بالتسرع من دون استشارة «التنظيم»، وانتقد «جبهة النصرة» لرفضها فكرة الدولة، بحسب ما جاء في شريط بثه مناصرون للتنظيم السلفي على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي.
ويبدو أن كلام الظواهري لم يجد آذاناً مصغية لدى البغدادي، الذي أصر على بقاء الدولة، وبالتالي نشأ الانشقاق في التكتل السلفي في سوريا بين مسلحي «جبهة النصرة»، التي يشكل فيها المقاتلون الأجانب نسبة قليلة، و«الدولة الإسلامية» التي تضم مجموعة كبيرة من المقاتلين المتعددي الجنسيات.
ووفقاً لمصادر ميدانية في مناطق المعارضة، فإن الاختلاف بين «النصرة» و«الدولة الإسلامية» يمتد إلى أبعد من الولاء لأحد الزعيمين. فـ«النصرة» تعمل على مبدأ يقترب من عمل «الجيش الحر»، وهو إسقاط النظام، ومن ثم بناء الدولة الإسلامية، بينما يعتمد أنصار البغدادي على مبدأ إنشاء دولة الخلافة بغض النظر عن إسقاط النظام، وبالتالي فقد قرروا اعتزال العمل العسكري والتركيز على تعزيز سطوتهم بداية من ريف حلب وبعض أحياء المدينة، إلى ريف ادلب وتحديداً بنش، وبدرجة أقل في سائر المناطق وريف اللاذقية، وصولاً إلى الرقة.
وللرقة حالة خاصة، إذا انهم يسيطرون على غالبية المقار المدنية، بالاشتراك مع جبهة «أحرار الشام» ذات النهج السلفي (لم تعلن ولاءها للقاعدة).
ولعل ما يجري في الرقة يسترعي التدقيق، فبحسب بعض الناشطين، بدأت «جبهة النصرة» بالانسحاب تدريجاً، تاركة مواقعها لأنصار «الدولة الإسلامية». وهؤلاء يقيمون الحواجز والمحاكم الشرعية، ويتحكمون بالطرق المؤدية إلى المنطقة، ويفرضون سلطة ديكتاتورية تستنسخ التجربة العراقية، إذ تكفي الأفكار العلمانية كي يتعرض صاحبها للاعتقال والتعذيب على اعتبار أنه «مرتد وكافر».

July 31st, 2013, 11:32 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Zoo said that Israel did not destroy the arms intended for the terrorist HA completely, is this an invitation to Israel to attack again and complete the job?

Does any one know the the terrorist HA losses so far?

You told us Homs was completely taken by Assad criminals, why is there fighting going on?

July 31st, 2013, 11:54 pm


Ghufran said:

More on the fall of al- khalidiya :

في ترصد واختراق للسمع ….  سجل فيها  المكالمة  التالية
قال قائد لواء الإيمان عبر مكالمة (مرصودة ) … ردا على اتهامه بالتقصير: سارقو الذخيرة هم  مسؤولون عما حدث في الخالدية
ونفى قائد لواء الإيمان في ريف حمص الشمالي أبو حاتم الضحيك المعلومات التي تواردت عن مسؤوليته عن خسارة أجزاء من حي الخالدية بسبب عدم وصول إمدادات هيئة الأركان… التي ضاعت كما قيل عند وصولها إليه، مؤكداً أن شيئاً من الذخيرة لم يصل إليه وأن من استلمها أشخاص لصوص  من الحريعرفهم بالاسم
يقول الضحيك: منذ أكثر من ثلاثة أشهر لم أستلم أية طلقة ويمكن التأكد من ذلك من خلال الأركان التي تقوم بتسليم الذخيرة والعتاد لقائد المجلس العسكري في حمص، وأنا لست قائداً للمجلس العسكري،
 أنا قائد للواء محروم من الذخيرة بسبب عدم ولائي لبعض الأشخاص، من يستلم الذخيرة في حمص هما “فاتح حسون” الموجود في اسطنبول و”بشار سعد الدين” الموجود حالياً في الرستن،   ويقومان ببيعها وتوزيعها على الجبهة الإسلامية التي تتضمن الفاروق الإسلامية ولواء الحق وأحرار الشام وأحفاد الرسول وصقور الشام.
وأضاف: من يومين كنت في الأركان وطلبت منهم ذخيرة، ولم يقدموا لي شيئاً بل قالوا لي الذخيرة نرسلها لبشار سعد الدين.
The end result of this migration from the FSA to the Islamist rebels is the end of the FSA .

July 31st, 2013, 11:55 pm


Ghufran said:

Alakidi attacking the NC and lying about who attacked khan al-Asal :
I think the man is a mole working for Nusra

August 1st, 2013, 12:08 am



d-p athad hyenas looting homs

One could ask, what was d-p sniffers’ share?, and who got more?

August 1st, 2013, 12:52 am



The reality of narwani’s distinguished Oxford position has been known to many who care to spend about 30 seconds looking into oxford’s site. This contemptible fraud displays all the characteristics deserving the 99 names of d-p sniffer. Only difference, she grabs full bites of d-p whenever she could. What is not publicly known yet is the name of the entity sponsoring her visit and the faculty member sponsoring her?

It is of course also a sign of the bankruptcy of american left which rushes to publish any anti-american diatribe such as the hypocrisy garbage that comes from fakes like sharmine narwani.

August 1st, 2013, 1:06 am



The 99 names of d-p athad*

11. immoral

*note: names also apply freely to d-p sniffers, a few of which infest the web.

August 1st, 2013, 1:11 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*

12. wretch

*note: names also apply freely to d-p sniffers.

August 1st, 2013, 1:14 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*

13. shameless
قليل الحياء

*note: names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers and aficionados especially distinguished fraud “octhford aththothiatth”

August 1st, 2013, 1:23 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*

14. savage
غير متمدن

*note: names also apply “freely” to d-p sniffers, even if they try to look “civilized”

August 1st, 2013, 1:29 am



the 99 names of d-p athad*

15. liar
الأ فاك

*note: this particular name applies “naturally” and “essentially” to all d-p sniffers, especially those active on blogs.

lessons to continue in the morning, now it is too late

August 1st, 2013, 1:32 am



AKBAR @ 553

I always start from skepticism, not only of what you write, but of anyone’s writing.

I am sad to say that you were right. I searched through the UNICEF report on Syrian Children. There are ample descriptions of the horrors Syrian Children have been facing, of the impacts of shelling, cleansing, killing, sniping, and what UNICEF calls “conflict”, which is fine to a degree. But there is not a single instance of the word regime or of the contemptible name Assad . Throiughout the report, everything is called conflict , which remove any responsibility of any side especially the most criminal and savage regime. It is as if UNICEF was simply describing a “natural” disaster. This sadly lends credence to the accusation that UNICEF and other UN Agencies are biased. My own interpretation is that some are “castrated”. The question is always how can one protect syrian children without pointing the finger at their murderer d-p athad and its hyenas and without smacking, in the face, those despicable excuses for humanity who cheered up carpet bombing and “hardly-massacres” committed by the regime’s regular and irregular “lawless” militias.

I will read the report in full with more concentration hoping that I am wrong. I believe in the UN System, and I believe that the world is far better with the system than without it. I also know and believe that UNICEF and other agencies are doing great work world wide on the ground. But their work would be far more meaningful if they take the same “ethical” stance in “condemning” criminals, no matter who they are.

Friends who work for the UN system keep telling me that it is a “governmental” structure. May be it should become more of a community, where all thugs are called for what they are. Thugs.

August 1st, 2013, 1:51 am


apple_mini said:

People should come and see how bustling and vibrant the city is around midnight.

It is quite a scene. Shoppers or families simply just wanting a night out flock those shopping districts and city parks.

The scene has matched those from pre-war even though people are definitely less financially capable than before.

But the spirit of Damascenes is right there palpitating in the cool night breeze. People are tired of war and they are taking advantage of much improved security and sense of normalcy nowadays.

I was expecting those true stories and reality would irritate the opposition since they just hate to see “normalcy” in Syria while they are struggling for power.

What a bunch of losers and sick people.

August 1st, 2013, 2:40 am



Fighting sleep and disgust, yet being entertained by demented arguments and mental hoops from zouzou and zeezee. Here is one where zouzou analyzes the situation with crisp dementia.

#501 Ziad

I fully agree. It is not a coincidence that Khan al Assal was overwhelmed by the Al Qaeda fighters just as the UN chemical weapons team arrived in Damascus to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack by the rebels in Khan Al Assal.
It seems very clear that the Al qaeda fighters have acted in concert with the opposition coalition and the FSA under the direction of the “friends of Syria”.

They knew that if the UN team inspected Khan al Assal they would find traces of sarin, probably fabricated in Turkey. That would have been a huge blow both to Turkey and to the rebels, thus the urgency to destroy all they could in Khan al Assal probably under the supervision of Turkish and US chemical experts. They may have burned all the victims who bore signs of the chemical weapons. If proven, this is a vicious massacre that cannot get unpunished.
I still hope the SAA can regain Khan Al Assal and still find some traces of the chemical weapons attack.

Alqaida and its appendages are all declared Terrorist organizations by most members of the UN. The organization foresees a “khilafa” that will blast all states and turn the globe into a single state ruled by backward imbeciles (not that such is much different from the d-p sniffers’ dream of athad ruling the world), and at the same time, the organization is willing to lose 40 fighters to control a town, only to preempt the UN investigation, which according to zouzou would have resulted in the UN condemning an already condemned organization that cares as little of ethics and international law as zouzou, zeezee and the rest of the d-p sniffers do.

we further learn, with zouzou’z nauseating characteristic certainty and clarity that they (meaning Alqaida) may have burned all the victims. And that all of this is probably done under the supervision of Turkish and US experts.

This is your brain on dog-poop athad Stop sniffing it damages your brain. If you must sniff a potent brain altering chemical, go to the next hardware store and get yourself some Glue. Shoe glue is best for loyalists since they are fond of military shoes over their heads, be it in Syria, Egypt, Iraq or elsewhere.

On a second note, naturally “hardly a massacre” now evolves into “hardly a war”. Great, sniffing d-p athad is not only addictive, and damaging, but it is also progressively degenerate.

The level of deception and denial shown by sniffers qualifies d-p athad sniffing as a major epidemic disease. May be now WHO should report on this disease.

August 1st, 2013, 2:52 am



Looooooooooooooooooooooool athma had no choice but lust for this dog-poop

August 1st, 2013, 3:23 am


Tara said:


“On a second note, naturally “hardly a massacre” now evolves into “hardly a war”

I can’t stop laughing…

It seems that lying as you go is one of the characteristic of “Mad Sniffling Disease”

August 1st, 2013, 4:10 am


SimoHurtta said:

Just today in news: A young Finnish man, who converted to Islam some years ago died when fighting in rebels forces in Aleppo Syria. He had travelled to Syria with his wife through Turkey.

The Finnish Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) guy in the article said tens of Finns, some with family members have gone to Syria through Turkey. Some join the fighting some go there because of humanitarian reasons. Increasingly Finnish women have gone to Syria.

Article in Finnish

There is no “racial or religious” analysis in what the intelligence officer said or else where article. But based on the killed man’s background seems, that main motivation for Finnish fighters there is the religious one, not so much Syrian ancestry. And that is problematic for …

August 1st, 2013, 6:10 am


Akbar Palace said:

Syrian Children forgotten because of some strange “Conflict” NewZ


AKBAR @ 553

I always start from skepticism, not only of what you write, but of anyone’s writing.

I am sad to say that you were right.

Syrian Hamster,

Thanks for reading my post, and yes, you SHOULD be skeptical…

I searched through the UNICEF report on Syrian Children. There are ample descriptions of the horrors Syrian Children have been facing, of the impacts of shelling, cleansing, killing, sniping, and what UNICEF calls “conflict”, which is fine to a degree. But there is not a single instance of the word regime or of the contemptible name Assad.

I found the exact same thing. I searched and found articles about how “difficult” it is for Syrians, especially Syrian children. And the kicker is, no one is blamed. No government, no organization, no D-P thug, no one.

That is why I felt I needed to bring this to the attention of the forum. The UN, UNICEF and other international committees regularly call out and criticize the GOI for much less severe crimes.

“Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,” it said in a report.,7340,L-4395048,00.html

This reminds me of the recent video showing a 6 yr old Pali kid crying his eyes out because after caught throwing stones, he was put into a military jeep and taken to his father. I didn’t see one push or shove of the child. Meanwhile I debated this on QN, and a few participants there thought this was an example of Israeli “savagery”.

Throiughout the report, everything is called conflict , which remove any responsibility of any side especially the most criminal and savage regime.

Exactly. “Conflict” is why 6000 Syrian kids have perished before they reached adulthood, but no one is to blame! Meanwhile, there is no “conflict” excuse when the UN blames Israel.

It is as if UNICEF was simply describing a “natural” disaster.

This is why Jews and Israelis refer to the “UN” as the “United Nothing”.

This sadly lends credence to the accusation that UNICEF and other UN Agencies are biased. My own interpretation is that some are “castrated”.

Frankly, the UN has the pro-regime, third world, liberal and anti-Zionists in their pocket. They have no idea how to be fair and objective.

The question is always how can one protect syrian children without pointing the finger at their murderer d-p athad and its hyenas and without smacking, in the face, those despicable excuses for humanity who cheered up carpet bombing and “hardly-massacres” committed by the regime’s regular and irregular “lawless” militias.

I will read the report in full with more concentration hoping that I am wrong. I believe in the UN System, and I believe that the world is far better with the system than without it. I also know and believe that UNICEF and other agencies are doing great work world wide on the ground. But their work would be far more meaningful if they take the same “ethical” stance in “condemning” criminals, no matter who they are.

Please let me know what you find out. Unfortunately, the UN is broken and needs to be fixed, top to bottom.

Friends who work for the UN system keep telling me that it is a “governmental” structure. May be it should become more of a community, where all thugs are called for what they are. Thugs.

There are several problems with the UN from my perspective. 1.) The UNSC. The 5 permanent members have too much power. 2.) The Arab Bloc has too much power as the vast majority of UN resolutions are against the usual suspect, and, as we know, there are places that are suffering much worse than in Israel and Palestine. 3.) If you don’t already know, 10 of the 15 seats in the UNSC are rotating. You’ll be happy to know that Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iran have all held seats on the UNSC. Israel never has and can never hold an important seat there. That is because of a technicality: Israel is not on a regional committee. Go figure.

So when Syria voted for UNSC 1441 against Saddam, that was an example of Baathist representation on the UNSC. Israel will never get a chance to vote on this important committee.



August 1st, 2013, 7:25 am


Observer said:

This is for Syrian Hamster and TARA especially

d-p democracy at work.

Zounir should not watch they may have an apoplexy as they are just swooning drunk with adoration at the iPad retard Ray Ban pseudo modern instagram backward shoe shopping prethident in his military uniform as Marshal of the garbage dump.


August 1st, 2013, 8:06 am


Syrialover said:

#576. ZOO

You are always VERY desperate to come up with plausible and rational sources that support the Assad regime.

Shrill pseudo-journalist Sharmine Narwani is the best you seem to be able to come up with.

August 1st, 2013, 8:15 am


revenire said:

Did they really ban croissants?

August 1st, 2013, 9:11 am


zoo said:

Opposition: There will be no place in Syria for Islamists after president Assad falls

There will be no place for Islamists in Syria after President Bashar Assad’s downfall, representative of Free Syrian Army Fahd Al-Masri told RT TV.

“We are in desperate need of help in overthrowing the current dictator and getting rid of extremist groups. We are against terrorism and mass slaughter,” Al-Masri said.

August 1st, 2013, 9:37 am


Ghat Al Bird said:

A must read ….Israel’s plan to destablize the Middle East…..

August 1st, 2013, 9:41 am


zoo said:

Thyrian Hamther

Thanks for your latest rantings. You were obviously so annoyed that you polluted my post by including it fully in your slimy and smelly h-p.

I guess growing desperation is making some opposition supporters post more incoherent, aggressive and hysterical messages, insulting and attacking messengers and not messages .

That’s a real sign that things are going the right way.

August 1st, 2013, 9:57 am


zoo said:

#605 Syrian Lover

You seem to be obsessed by Sharmine Narwani. Is she so effective to as to put you in that state, or you are on the edge in view of the development of the situation in the opposite direction you’ve been expecting?

August 1st, 2013, 10:00 am


zoo said:

That’s weird..

UN experts to probe alleged Syria chemical attacks
1 August 2013 /AP, UNITED NATIONS

UN experts will travel to Syria as soon as possible to investigate three alleged incidents of chemical weapons attacks, the United Nations announced Wednesday.
The mandate of the investigation team is to report on whether chemical weapons were used, and if so which chemical weapon, but not to determine the responsibility for an attack.

August 1st, 2013, 10:05 am


zoo said:

Syrians refugees brutally beaten by camp administrators in the Kuwaiti funded refugees camp in Turkey

Five young Syrian refugees were collectively beaten by Turkish camp administrators in the Elbeyli Container Camp on the grounds that they had stolen equipment.

In video footage of the incident acquired by Today’s Zaman, the deputy director of the camp, Cemil Kama, is seen beating five young Syrians in front of gendarmerie and security personnel in the camp. There are claims that the administrators of the camp had physically abused and insulted the refugees a number of times in the past.

In the footage, Kama can be clearly seen while he punches and kicks the refugees. Although someone tries to stop Kama, he continues beating them, later with a stick that personnel from the camp bring him. The footage is four minutes long, but there are claims that violence in the camp is not just limited to that period of time.

An official who wished to remain anonymous told Today’s Zaman that refugees are threatened and told not to go to the police and file a complaint. They are told that they will be deported if they go to the authorities and complain. As a result, none of the Syrian refugees have filed any complaints due to fears of deportation. It is also reported that the governor of Elbeyli, Meral Uçar, also knows about the physical abuse inflicted on refugees.

August 1st, 2013, 10:32 am


Akbar Palace said:

The UN to the Rescue

That’s weird..

What’s weird? The UN inspecting months and years after the fact is quite typical. Usually in Southern Lebanon or along the Golan border they either a.) look the other way with a wink b.) run and hide or c.) go back home

In the case of Iraq, they had to wait 12 yrs until GWB got them there.

In the case of Syria, it’s about 4 months too late. Plenty of time to hide the evidence.

but not to determine the responsibility for an attack.

Yes, why would you need to know “responsibility” unless, of course, it’s Israel?

August 1st, 2013, 10:35 am


zoo said:

Jonathan Alpeyrie was saved from the Islamists kidnappers by a pro-government businessman who paid 450,000 $ ransom

Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie recounts Syrian hostage ordeal

Jonathan Alpeyrie was on his third trip to Syria when, on 29 April, he fell into a trap and was abducted. “I got into a 4×4 with a Katiba officer, my fixer and two soldiers. We came to a checkpoint where masked men pulled me out of the car, forced me to kneel and pretended to execute me,” he tells Michel Puech at Le Journal de la Photographie.

In his account, Alpeyrie discusses his 81 days of captivity, which he spent, at times, handcuffed to a bed “with five or six soldiers and two Islamists. One day, a young soldier, who looked crazy and made me uneasy, wanted to execute me because I had gone to the bathroom without asking for permission. He put his machine gun against my forehead but the others yelled at him and sent him away,” he explains.

While Alpeyrie cannot say much about his release – “the French and American governments prefer it that way,” he tells Le Journal de la Photographie – he says he was freed, thanks to “a Syrian man close to the regime, a member of parliament and a businessman who was looking for Edouard Elias and Didier François [two French journalists who went missing in Syria on 07 June] who stumbled upon me.”

The businessman paid a $450,000 ransom to free Alpeyrie on 18 July. “My kidnapping was about money,” he says. “As soon as they got what they wanted, they let me g

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August 1st, 2013, 10:40 am


majedkhaldoun said:

عاجل : قتل أكثر من 500 ضابط وجندي من الجيش النظامي وجرح أكثر من 1000 في أضخم أنفجار تشهده سوريا على الاطلاق عندما سقط صاروخ محلي الصنع على مستودع للصواريخ أرض أرض والذخيرة والمتفجرات بأنواعها في حي ” وادي الذهب ” الموالي بمدينة حمص . وقد أصيب سكان الحي بالهلع الشديد ، ويجري الان عملية نزوح كبيرة جدًا من الحي .

This is the kind of news Ghurfan likes to say, fabrications, I don’t believe it, but I hope it is true

August 1st, 2013, 11:14 am


don said:


Syrian rebels ban croissants as symbol of ‘colonial oppression’

Aleppo – Amid intense fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria and struggling to gain a stronghold in the Syrian civil war, the rebels in Aleppo passed a FATWA that banned croissants, according to reports.

The ban comes at a time when Syria is facing severe food crisis — especially bread — in Syria’s besieged northern city.

August 1st, 2013, 11:59 am


don said:

Israel or the US?

At least 40 killed in Syrian weapons depot blast

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Rocket attacks struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, setting off successive explosions in a weapons depot that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens, an opposition group and residents said.

An official at the governor’s office in Homs said about 10 ROCKETS slammed into the neighborhood of Zahra and the nearby sports stadium, sparking a large fire and causing several casualties. He said the explosions caused massive destruction and wounded at least 130 people. He didn’t offer a number for those killed.

August 1st, 2013, 12:12 pm


Syrian said:

من صفحاتهم …
شبكة أخبار عكرمة :

شهداء مدنيين و عسكريين و جرحى بالعشرات و الإعلام يعرض مسلسلات لك تفوه على هيك إعلام .. بعض الناس بتقول إنفجار صغير مشان الفوق يرضو عليه ..
الإنفجارات في مستودعات الأسلحة ناجمة عن ضربة إسرائيلية أو صواريخ من المسلحين و إنفجارات لمدة ساعتين و صواريخ تتفجر و تسقط على المواطنين و إعلامنا الفاشل يعرض مسلسلات و مسرحيات و لم تعرض أي قناة ولو صورة واحدة ..

شكرا إعلامنا الفاشل أنما لم أكن أنوي التحدث عن الأمر ولكن ما حصل اليوم هو كارثة في حمص و حضرتكم سكتم و تكتمتم عن الأمر

“Hardly a massacre “have jinxed Homs

August 1st, 2013, 12:13 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

The informations I got it was not the rebels who bombed Homs,Zahera, it was regime aircaft bombed Al Zahera by mistake
رد كيدهم الى نحرهم
Friendly fire

August 1st, 2013, 1:13 pm



Syria is totally in hands of Iran.

Now that US/Israel/Russia are cooperating with Assad and Iran in remodeling the whole Middle East we just can pray to God or Gods that those criminals trying to destroy Syria cities and their populations and replace it with chiites from Iran and Lebanon are killed one by one.

If US/Israel plan goes on the middle east will be controlled by Iran and Israel and sunnis will be weakened and left aside in strategic issues. Sunni states will have to arms themselves to defend from Iran. Israel will arm to defend from all. And Iran will arm to defend his conquests in Syria and Lebanon from their own populations.

Looking back now all makes sense. Why they destroyed the Saddam Hussein regime to open doors to Iran. After they ordered Assad to kill Hariri to leave Lebanon in Hezbollah hands.

Let’s prepare to see how Iran kills syrian populations a abroad Syria for long decades. At the end probably Iran needs to eat Syria to accept and sign a peace treaty with Israel. And forget all about palestinians rights…

Let’s pray GOD OF WAR we can see how Ahmadinejah or Assad die.

August 1st, 2013, 1:25 pm


don said:

Ramadan Kareem indeed


The White House would need an OK from Congress to use military force in Syria under a defense spending bill in the Senate

Senate committee passes defense spending bill

WASHINGTON — The White House would need an OK from Congress to use military force in Syria under a defense spending bill in the Senate.

Lawmakers added the requirement on Syria before the bill passed.

Democrat Tom Udall of New Mexico is the amendment’s sponsor. Udall sought to bar defense dollars from going to any action in Syria in violation of the War Powers Act. That’s a Vietnam-era law requiring the president to obtain a resolution from Congress.

August 1st, 2013, 1:26 pm



I hope this explosion did not affect or cause respiratory difficulties to populations living near the site, specially if they are innocent civilians not supporting the criminals of Damascus, Theran and Hezballah.

The explosion is really nice, very very nice. I hope there are many many more like this one all around Homs, Latakia, Tartous and specially Damascus. Maybe this way we can end with the criminal iranian-lebanese-alawite regime.

August 1st, 2013, 1:37 pm



The United States of America are the cause of:

1- The destruction of the Irak state by dismantiling the whole iraki army.

2- The chaos and disorders generated after the fall of Saddam by escaping from Iran/Syria political and militar mines there.

3- Letting Iran, Assad and Hezballah do wehatever they want, killing 200.000 and destrying full syrian cities with total freedom to content Israel need in the region.

August 1st, 2013, 1:43 pm



Will come the day when Assad and Said Kafrallah will be killed like dogs in the streets of Damascus. Gods of Fortune and War are there to judge them. If not we will be ready to execute them.

August 1st, 2013, 1:49 pm



no need to pollute your posts, you’r doing a great job at it yourself with your affinity for looking “educatatetd”

I think the d-p sniffing malady is not yet fully understood, we don’t know its last stage. Only time will tell. Scattered, yet to be confirmed reports, indicates what, “if confirmed” “would probably” indicate what “could be” potentially possible inhalation of solid powdered d-p matter through the nose.

See, I can write like zouzou. Now I have to go wash my hands for polluting my own post.

August 1st, 2013, 1:54 pm


amal said:

622. SANDRO LOEWE said:

The explosion is really nice, very very nice. I hope there are many many more like this one all around Homs, Latakia, Tartous and specially Damascus.

Only a sick demented Israeli would spew this kind of venom!

Have a nice life.

August 1st, 2013, 2:08 pm


Akbar Palace said:

Some things Never Change NewZ

623. SANDRO LOEWE said:

The United States of America are the cause of: EVERYTHING!

Who else?

– The USA and Israel prevented Russia and China from voting for serious UNSC resolutions, giving Assad a free hand.

– The USA and Israel forced Assad NOT to step down and remain in power.

– The USA and Israel forced Assad to make use of Hezbollah and Iranian fighters.

– The USA and Israel forced Assad and his Shabiha hetchmen to fire live ammo into unarmed crowds, fire missiles and Scuds into heavy populated residential areas amounting to 100,000 dead and 2 million refugees. Over twice the toll the Israeli-Arab conflict produced in 1948.

– The USA and Israel forced the SAA and jihadists to commit crimes against humanity by murdering and mutilating captured militia and civilians.

Sandro Loewe to Ground Control:

Time to get back to Planet Earth. Please.

August 1st, 2013, 2:10 pm



626. AMAL

Only a sick demented would bullet peacefull demonstrations and tortute until death in jail young peacefull activists looking for a better and brighter Syria.

Now all hopes and good wills are gone. Face reality and celebrate evil destruction. It was indeed aesthetically great. Accept it.

Judgement day is coming near and criminals will face their fate.

August 1st, 2013, 2:13 pm


amal said:

608. GHAT AL BIRD said:

A must read ….Israel’s plan to destablize the Middle East…..

Israel never stopped destabilizing the Middle East, Africa, Central America, The Russian republics and ex-Soviet republics.

August 1st, 2013, 2:15 pm


Mina said:

When the Blair family is involved, it gets wild

(It makes one wonder if the famed novel “The Ghostwriter” is based on facts!?)

August 1st, 2013, 2:23 pm


amal said:


So how’s that NO FLY ZONE coming?!

You know. The one you’ve been telling us about for the last two and a half year 😀

BTW how’s your “ambassador FORD to the rescue” doing?! 😀

August 1st, 2013, 3:13 pm



D-P athad army

And the despicable d-p athad tells these dastardly thieves that the world will teach their experience in its military academies. Probably so, but in the “causes for court martial” class.

August 1st, 2013, 3:16 pm


majedkhaldoun said:

Just like you, I too, hope there will be more bombs like the one that happened today in Homs, with 500 Assad thugs soldiers got killed, it was done by Assad aircraft,bombing by mistake their own barricks,it was a stupidity,their stupidity helped us.
When Israel attacked Assad criminals north of Damascus, they killed only 43, this has killed 10 times what Israel did,someone will say Israel is gentler than Assad

August 1st, 2013, 3:32 pm


Observer said:

Zounire and company

This is the so called SAA that had the arms depot explode in the middle of the mafia militia

Syrian Hamster: this was “fireworks” actually to celebrate SAA army day with the Marshal of the Garbage Dump in charge. This is at least going to be the “explanation” of SANA as usual.

At least 500 dead I hear.

That is what happens to you when you play with fireworks when you are a slipper army.

August 1st, 2013, 3:34 pm


amal said:


Oh! I almost forgot to ask you about your