"Ignorance will come to an end when everything is presented as it actually is"
The second Palestinian intifada or uprising broke out at the end of September 2000. Frustrations that years of the negotiation had failed to deliver a Palestinian state were intensified by the collapse of the Camp David summit in July 2000. Ariel Sharon, then the leader of Israel's opposition, paid a visit to the site in East Jerusalem known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as Temple Mount, and frustration boiled over into violence. (BBC News 2004)
UN, EU help Palestinians build ICC suit against Israel
Definition of Semite
Please note that Israel is NOT a Semitic country!
When Israel really was a SEMITIC country (fighting against all forms of anti-Semitism),
all citizens (Arabs and Hebrews) would be equals.
Syrian opposition fighters and their families have arrived in Idlib after being forced to evacuate their homes in Daraya following a regime-rebel agreement.
The first group of rebels and their families evacuated from the Syrian town of Daraya have reached opposition-held territory, a monitor said on Saturday. At least five buses carrying fighters and their families arrived in the rebel-held city of Idlib in Syria's northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The arrivals were the first since the evacuation of the town just outside Damascus began on Friday under an agreement between the government and the rebels. Civilian residents of the town are also being evacuated. They are being taken to regime-run reception centres pending resettlement elsewhere.
Idlib 2015 (infidels are the enemy) - Oppositionleader Hijab, Daraa 2012 - Idlib 2014 (bookburning - honoring Bin Laden)
Daraya, just 15 minutes from Damascus, was one of the first towns in Syria to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad's government and became a symbol of the uprising.
It was surrounded by loyalist forces in late 2012. The rebels said they were forced to agree to evacuate the town because of deteriorating humanitarian conditions.
Introduction: From 2009 to 2012 V. P. Haran was the Indian Ambassador to Syria. It is in talks with the Indian Ink Fountain magazine that he explained how some of the media amplified the revolt, and also misrepresented any evidence of the presence of Al Qaeda on the ground from the first days of the conflict.
- What was Syria like when you arrived in January 2009?
- Syria was a peaceful country and there was no undercurrent of tension. The Syrian economy was doing well, there was over five per cent growth rate on average. Unemployment was at about eight per cent but Syrians who were unemployed could find work in the Gulf. There was, however, a high percentage of educated unemployed.
- Did you anticipate an “Arab Spring” in Syria?
- When the situation got tense in Tunisia and Egypt, President Bashar al-Assad appeared on TV and stated that the political and economic conditions were different in Syria. He said he was confident Syria would not go down the same path. This was also the general assessment of the diplomatic community.
- Bashar al-Assad was a popular leader and this is partly the reason why he is still in power
- Sixty-seven percent of the entire Arab world had voted for al-Assad as the most popular Arab person in a poll in 2009. Even the diplomatic community agreed that he had the support of about 80 per cent of Syria. Western diplomats said so as well.
He had begun reforms in 2000 but didn’t carry those through because of opposition from the Baath party. Bashar al-Assad has the full support of the minorities and even a large percentage of the Sunni Muslims support him.
But by the time I left, in 2012, Syria had changed a lot. While the first couple of years were like heaven, things started deteriorating by early 2011.
- Do you recall the first protests in 2011?
- In February, when Bahrain experienced protests, there were attempts by some NGOs to organise protests in Damascus. Two had been organised over two weekends but hardly 20-30 people turned up. The number of journalists and members from the diplomatic community was far greater than the demonstrators.
Then in March 2011 children wrote tags on the walls of the school and there was a big protest. The following week there was a protest in Latakia and then with each passing Friday something happened. Soon parts of Latakia, Homs and Hama were chaotic but Aleppo remained calm and this troubled the opposition greatly.
Luba Al Shibl, 30-3-2012: Al-Jazeera betrayed the media-Ethics
The opposition couldn’t get the people in Aleppo to rise up against the regime so they sent bus loads of people to Aleppo. These people would burn something on the streets and leave. Journalists would then broadcast this saying Aleppo had risen.
A few things need to be said about this: some parts of the media went overboard in projecting Syria negatively. At times things that didn’t happen were reported... There was a lot of exaggeration by the media.
There is one instance that stands out. In Idlib, hardcore Sunnis had gone to Aleppo and told the people to join the opposition. People in Aleppo started beating them and ordered them to leave.
The crowd had been unruly and the police had to come in and control it. The hardcore Sunnis from Idlib had to be taken to a house and the police had to give them their uniforms so that they could leave without being lynched.
- But parts of the country remained calm.
- The foreign leaders of the opposition could not digest this. They sent a group of people to the Syrian-Jordanian border and attacked two security posts. They killed everybody there. Some were killed in the most brutal manner in al-Qaeda style. The government didn’t report this immediately but a member of the diplomatic community confirmed it was al-Qaeda in Iraq who had done it.
It was evident that al-Qaeda in Iraq was in Syria since April 2011. Al-Qaeda was there from the very first week, and if not the first week then from late 2011 when al-Qaeda banners appeared.
It was these groups that provided the opposition with support from across the border. In Raqqa the fighters came from the north and it was clear that it was al-Qaeda.
- Assad has been saying that it was terrorists from the beginning. Why did no one believe him?
- People’s minds were not open. Why would al-Qaeda in Iraq want to create chaos in Syria? A lot of it was being directed by outsiders, especially the Gulf countries. Al Jazeera played a role, too.
- Why did the Syrian government not present a better case about the presence of terrorists?
- We asked them why they didn't inform the media better and they said that nobody believed them. They had very bad Public Relations and handling of the media...
Bashar al-Assad was not just slow on enacting reforms but also slow on announcing changes that had been undertaken. For instance when they enacted a reform reducing the primacy of the Baath Party, the reform wasn’t reported until three months later.
Their Public Relations service wasn't wise...
In early August, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Political and Media Adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, spoke with me about how the Western media is stifling Syrian voices, endlessly propagating false allegations against the Syrian government and army.
On the question of the Western media’s reaction whenever the Syrian Arab Army liberates areas from foreign-backed terrorists (the most recent examples include the liberation of Aleppo's Bani Zaid and Lairamoun industrial districts from the so-called "Free Syrian Army" (FSA), Jabhat al-Nusra, Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Ahrar al-Sham, among other terrorist factions), which was met with deafening silence by Western corporate media, Shaaban accused the Western media of “double standards.”
“They should have hailed the Syrian Arab Army that liberated these Syrian citizens from terrorism, and they should have hailed overcoming these terrorist groups that were sending hell into Aleppo.
“There's no real stand against terrorism,” the Syrian president’s adviser continued. “The live of civilians in Syria is as worthy as the live of civilians in any European country, and one should be human in this regard.”
At this point in the interview, the Syrian president’s political and media adviser had harsh words for the present state of the Western media, which she said routinely “falsifies the facts”.
“There's no free press in the West. There is a corporate media who have an agenda and who try to portray everything according to that agenda. Either they're labeling accusations against us or falsifying facts and reporting things that have nothing to do with the truth...
Shaaban lamented that because the media has "demonized us in the eyes of Western people," the Western people "don't know who we are".
"We don't have a voice with Western people. We have no channel of communication; the corporate media is blocking the channels of communication between us and the West," she continued.
The conversation then moved to the recent announcement that Jabhat al-Nusra's (Al-Qaeda in Syria) had changed its name and whether this means they are somehow no longer terrorists.
“They are terrorists,” Shaaban responded. “It is the deeds that matter, not the name. This is good for a Hollywood film: a terrorist organization that has been killing in Syria for five years and is an offshoot of al-Qaeda is now changing its name, which means that it has become a 'moderate opposition'. This is absolutely ludicrous, and no sensible person should take this seriously.”
Shaaban also spoke on the West’s fight against terrorism, which she described as a “farce.” To support the assertion, Shaaban pointed to Western leaders and the UN itself disregarding UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2253, which entails stopping terrorism in Syria. At the same time, they support UNSC Resolution 2254 and NATO’s alliance plan of implementing a change of government in Syria.
“I would like anybody in the UN to answer this question: You want to implement 2254? Why don't you mention 2253? They should be dealt with with the intention in which they were taken: implement 2253 first, and then it would be very easy to implement 2254,” Dr. Shaaban asserted.
The focus of UNSC Resolution 2253 is specific to actually stopping terrorism of “ISIL (also known as Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals and groups ..”
“It is a Security Council resolution and it was issued under the 7th Chapter, so it is more obliging than 2254. And yet even the UN people don't mention it. This is the double-standards of the West.."
John Brennan, CIA director: Governments are under stress
The Three Patriarchs residing in Damascus, John X (Greek Orthodox), Gregorius III Lahham (Greek Catholic) and Ignatius Aphrem II (Syriac Orthodox), have issued the following Appeal to the International Community demanding the countries of power to stop the siege and lift the international sanctions on Syria.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in 2011, the impact of the economic and financial sanctions increased on the daily lives of Syrian citizens.
This constituted a huge burden which deepened the suffering of the Syrian people. These sanctions represent another aspect of the crisis and result in more pressure on individuals, institutions, companies, and consequently on the entire people.
The absence of new investments and the ban on international flights to Syria, as well as the reduction of exportation to the country and listing some Syrian companies on the blacklist of international trade, are considered to be economical measures towards the isolation of Syria from the international community.
Furthermore, the closing of most of the embassies of western countries in Syria and the withdrawal of their employees limits the diplomatic relations and the foreign interaction of Syria with other countries. Moreover, the ban on international banking transactions with Syria puts the people in a financial difficulty. It impoverishes the citizens and threatens them in their daily bread and deprives them of their human dignity.
Though the main goals of imposing these sanctions are political, they touched the life of the entire Syrian people, especially the poor and working class whose ability to provide their basic daily needs such as food and medical care are greatly affected.
Despite the resolution of the Syrian people in the face of the crisis, the social situation is getting worse and the poverty and suffering of the Syrian people are constantly increasing.
Therefore, we, the three Patriarchs residing in Damascus where we closely feel the suffering of the people of Syria of all religions and denominations, raise our voices in this humanitarian appeal demanding the lifting of the economic sanctions imposed on the Syrian people who remain attached to their homeland and to the civilizations that exist for thousands of years.
It will strengthen their attachment to the land of their ancestors and help restore the harmony among all citizens.
Likewise, it will limit the exploitation of the misery of the Syrian people by groups who do not want the common good of the country.
The main criticism of US policy in Syria has long been that President Barack Obama should have used US military force or more aggressive arms aid to strengthen the armed opposition to Assad.
The easy answer is that the whole idea that there was a viable non-extremist force to be strengthened is a myth – albeit one that certain political figures in London and Washington refuse to give up.
The question that should have been debated is why the Obama administration acquiesced to its allies funding and supplying a group of unsavory sectarian armed groups to overthrow the Assad regime.
That US acquiescence is largely responsible for a horrible bloodletting... Worse yet, there is still no way to end the war without the serious threat of sectarian retribution against the losers.
“The Obama administration bears responsibility for this atrocity, because it could have prevented Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia from launching their foolishly adventurous war in Syria...
But instead of insisting that those three Sunni allies reconsider their options, the Obama administration gave the green light at a conference in Riyadh at the end of March 2012 for proceeding with arming those who wanted to replace the regime, leaving the United States ostensibly free to be a peacemaker...
Turkey and Qatar began funneling arms to the groups with the strongest commitment to a sectarian anti-Shiite and anti-Alawite viewpoint. A major recipient of Turkish funding and arms was Ahrar al-Sham, which shared its al-Qaeda ally al-Nusra Front’s sectarian Sunni view of the Alawite minority. It considered the Alawites to be part of the Shiite enemy and therefore the object of a “holy war”.
Another favorite of the US allies was Jaish al-Islam, the Salafist organization in the Damascus suburbs whose former leader Zahran Alloush talked openly about cleansing Damascus of the Shiites and Alawites, both of whom he lumped together as “Majous” – the abusive term used for pre-Islamic non-Arabic people from Iran.
If there was any doubt that the anti-Alawite sectarianism of the past is still a major part of the thinking of the armed opposition, it should have been eliminated after what happened during the “Great Battle for Aleppo”.
The newly renamed al-Qaeda franchise Jabhat Fateh al Sham, which planned and led that offensive to break through Syrian government lines around Aleppo, named the offensive after Ibrahim al-Yousef, the Muslim Brotherhood officer who had carried out the cold-blooded murder of Alawite recruits at the artillery school in Aleppo in 1979...
Gareth Porter, an investigative historian and journalist specializing in US national security policy, received the UK-based Gellhorn Prize for journalism for 2011 for articles on the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
Flashback, Libya 2011: Washington in Fierce Debate on Arming Al-Qaeda Rebels
Clinton: Rebels are 'a mystery' - but we will remove Gaddafi
Washington Post, March 29, 2011
The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials said on Tuesday, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement in a civil war and that some fighters may have links to Al Qaeda.
The debate has drawn in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, these officials said, and has prompted an urgent call for intelligence about a ragtag band of rebels who are waging a town-by-town battle against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, from a base in eastern Libya long suspected of supplying terrorist recruits. “Al Qaeda in that part of the country is obviously an issue,” a senior official said....
The French government, which has led the international charge against Colonel Qaddafi, has placed mounting pressure on the United States to provide greater assistance to the rebels....
In London, Mrs. Clinton and other Western leaders made it clear that the NATO-led operation would end only with the removal of Colonel Qaddafi, even if that was not the stated goal of the United Nations resolution. Mrs. Clinton — who met for a second time with a senior opposition leader, Mahmoud Jibril — acknowledged that as a group, the rebels were largely a mystery.
Syria’s government secured a deal to restore its authority over another rebellious Damascus suburb, while Syrian rebels captured new ground in a lightning advance on the central city of Hama and suspected government airstrikes killed 25 civilians in the surrounding province.
On Thursday, Moadamiyeh’s residents agreed to let President Bashar Assad’s government restore its security presence and political institutions in the suburb, according to Hassan Ghadour, a resident and leading negotiator of the deal.
Ghadour said 200 gunmen who did not wish to give up their arms would be allowed safe passage to rebel-held areas in Syria’s northwestern Idlib and Aleppo provinces. The implementation to the agreement is expected to begin on Friday.
The development came as an uneasy truce continued to hold on Thursday between Turkish troops and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria, despite Ankara’s vow that it would never negotiate with what it calls a “terror organization.”
The United States has called on both sides to stop fighting each other following Turkey’s incursion into the area last week, and instead focus on defeating the ISIS group.
Western backed jihadists reject any peacedeal
Elsewhere in Syria on Thursday, at least 25 civilians, were killed in Hama as rebels made new gains there...
The rebel offensive is led by an ultraconservative Islamic group, Jund al-Aqsa, and several factions from the Western-backed Free Syrian Army. In the past three days, the insurgents have pushed their way from the north of the province, where they are usually based, south toward government-held areas. Syria’s state news agency, SANA, said government warplanes killed 10 “terrorists” in northern Hama.
According to a military source in the province, the jihadist rebels quickly advanced south of Taybat Al-Imam to the nearby village of Khirbat Al-Hujamah... Following the capture of Khattab, Jund Al-Aqsa and their allies moved onto the key town of Khattab.
Jund al-Aqsa - “Soldiers of al-Aqsa”, formed c. 2012 - is a foreign fighter battalion that is comprised of various nationalities, including South Asian origin, as well as a Syrian contingent. The batallion is deployed in the Idlib and Hama governorates to fight Syrian Government forces. The Salafist jihadist rebel group, was founded by Abu Abdul 'Aziz al-Qatari as a subunit within the al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda in Syria). The group later became independent.
Al Qaeda's presence and influence in Syria was never confined to its formal affiliate, the Nusra Front. It dispatched numerous senior leaders and strategists to oversee the creation of a vanguard for al Qaeda within the Syrian revolutionary movement after the start of the civil war in 2011.
These operatives not only advised the Nusra Front's top leadership, but also leaders of other Syrian opposition groups. Al Qaeda's intent was to cultivate a series of rebel groups sympathetic to its aims while building a formal affiliate to normalize and diffuse its ideology.
The Syrian war now involves U.S.-vetted and armed moderate groups, but also includes a significant component belonging to either Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the successor of the Nusra Front, or its close ally, Ahrar al-Sham.
Both are now vital components of the largest opposition coalitions operating in Aleppo, Jaysh al-Fatah, and Fatah Halab...
There is a common perception that Ahrar al-Sham never fully absorbed al Qaeda's ideology, despite al Qaeda's intent to use the group as part of its Syrian vanguard.
Current U.S. policy assumes that Ahrar al-Sham can be split from al Qaeda and reconciled to a future Syrian state. This is little more than wishful thinking.
Ahrar al-Sham's activity demonstrates that its strategy is joined at the hip with al Qaeda... Al Qaeda's signature is apparent in Ahrar al-Sham's campaign to transform the religious identity of Syrians.
The group governs through a series of sharia courts throughout the northern Idlib and Aleppo provinces, operating in parallel to the Nusra Front, which enforces hard-line rulings such as veil requirements for women and restricts freedom of the press.
Ahrar al-Sham's goal is to replace the Assad regime with a theocracy... Syrian opposition groups nonetheless view Ahrar al-Sham as a "mainstream" actor, because of its major contributions to the war against the Assad regime.
The battle for Aleppo stands to solidify Ahrar al-Sham's influence over the local population in Syria.
Meanwhile, Turkey is using its intervention in northern Syria against the Islamic State and the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces to position itself as a power broker and is empowering its strongest opposition ally, Ahrar al-Sham, to play a key role.
Ahrar al-Sham participated in the Turkey-backed offensive near the Euphrates but did not publicize its role... Ahrar al Sham has long called for Turkey's direct involvement in the Syrian Civil War...
Ahrar al-Sham is as much a part of al Qaeda's long game in Syria as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. It shares the same goal to shape Syria's population in a way that facilitates global jihad... Its pragmatic approach advances al Qaeda's aim to build a durable safe haven in the Levant.
Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Friday that any agreements with the United States on coordinating counter-terrorism efforts in Syria will not be implemented till the so-called “opposition” is separated from terrorists.
During a press conference following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok city, Lavrov said that Russia is holding talks with US on a mechanism to coordinate efforts on Syria and it counts on it.
“Near-daily and weekly contacts are held between the Russian and US military and intelligence services in order to develop this mechanism. We expect that this work will be completed in the very near future,” Lavrov added.
He pointed out that the situation when Jabhat al-Nusra uses Syrian opposition to avoid strikes cannot continue forever.
“Many groups that Americans consider acceptable for negotiations have in fact allied with al-Nusra. Al-Nusra, meanwhile, uses them to escape attacks.
This is a situation that cannot continue indefinitely,” Lavrov told reports, adding that this important issue relies on the possibility of the implementation of coordinating efforts to fight terrorism.
Flashback: Al-Nusra & the FSA
Homs, SANA - A national meeting was held at Tal Ahmar village in the eastern countryside of Homs province with the participation of elderly men from 50 villages.
The meeting is just another move forward towards enhancing local reconciliations and expanding its geographical dimensions to include all Syria which would contribute to reaching a Syrian-Syrian solution to current crisis.
Attending the meeting, Interior Minister Mohammad al-Sha’ar stressed the Syrian leadership’s keenness on providing support to local reconciliation initiatives taking place throughout the country in parallel with its efforts to confront terrorism, highlighting the significance of such meeting since it brings together all spectrums of Syrian people. He expressed gratitude and appreciation to Russia for its role in combating terrorism and offering support to make such initiatives a success, indicating that organizing these meetings is a victory for Syrian people and serves their hopes in defeating terrorism...
For his part, Head of Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center, Sergei Schwarkov stressed the importance of this meeting which aims at unifying the Syrian people, reiterating his country’s firm stance to support Syria in its war on terrorism.
Main missions of the coordination center:
• receive appeals from representatives of local authorities and armed groupings through a common telephone line and an e-mail address concerning their willingness to stop the combat actions and to negotiate for a truce;
• provide any assistance to everyone who makes addresses to the Centre of organization of contacts and further cooperation with the Syrian state authorities in order to sign ceasefire and peace-making agreements;
• organization of cooperation with international organizations in the field of deliveries of humanitarian cargoes to the Syrian population and return of refugees from other regions and countries. ( Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 24-2-2016)
The entire world stands together: only evil people are ‘occupiers’. Israel is an occupier. Israel is evil...
But all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan represents the exact east-west borders that HaShem identified in the Torah for the Jewish people to possess-and-occupy [live in] (B’midbar, 34:1-9). This is the land HaShem Promised in the Torah to the Jewish people.
The existence of modern Israel is the fulfilment of that Godly Promise. Our current borders are, essentially, God’s borders.
After identifying these borders in the Torah, HaShem proceeded, through the entire Book of D’varim, to tell the Jewish nation to occupy…occupy…occupy, etc that land..
When you look in the Talmud tractate, Kiddushin, 37a (ArtScroll translation), you see why ‘occupy’ is a more appropriate translation than ‘possess’.
Kiddushin (ibid) refers to the Torah’s call ‘to dwell’ in the land of Israel. Kiddushin tells us that, in order to ‘dwell’ in the Holy Land, the Jewish nation must first possess the land and then create ‘settlement’ there (ibid).
‘Possess’ is just the beginning of a process. ‘Occupy’ (living in) is the whole point of going into the land. One ‘occupies’ by dwelling there; one ‘dwells’ by ‘settling’; one settles by building (ibid). The Torah (our Written law) and the Talmud (our Oral law) tell us to possess, occupy and settle-through-building the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan. This is exactly what the Jewish people do today. Anti-Israel gentiles and Arabs (and some non-believing Jews) reject this entire process.
Through our Torah and Talmud, God tells you to occupy (live in), settle and build. Gentiles and Arabs reject God. They tell you to get the hell out.
Whom do you believe — God, or those who reject God?
Torah Study for Reform Jews: |
Our God is a God of being, not having!
When in the Tent of Meeting Moses pleads with God: "Oh, let me behold Your Presence!" (Exodus 33:18), God reveals God's self to Moses by the name Y-H-V-H, from the verb "be."
Our God is a God of being, not having: "Adonai! Adonai! I am compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin." (Exodus 34:6-7)
"I am,…I am,…I am,..." says the God of being.
Erich Fromm : If one has nothing, one is nothing
Israel's Religious Services Minister David Azoulay:
Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been pushed out of the remaining part of Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey by Turkish military and allied rebel militia forces, according to the Turkish prime minister and Syrian Observatory.
“From Azaz to Jarablus, 90 kilometers of our border have been completely secured,” Binali Yildirim said on Sunday during his visit to Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir. “All terrorist organizations are pushed back, they are gone,” he said, without naming ISIS.
But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS “has lost its link from the outside world after losing all border areas” it had with Turkey, following the fall of their remaining two border villages on Sunday evening – Mizab and Qadi Jarablus.
For three years the militants had a presence on that border they relied on it to bring in new recruits and weapons. Their removal from the Jarablus-Azaz region seals the complete border and is their biggest blow since Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) fighters successfully captured Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) from the militants on Syria’s northeastern border.
Turkey launched its military intervention, Operation Euphrates Shield, into northwestern Syria in August. Since then, they have been backing several Syrian militiamen against both ISIS militants and Kurdish-led forces it wants to prevent from advancing in regions west of the Euphrates River.
ALEPPO – After capturing the Syrian border city of Jarablus, Turkish army forces continued their advance and entered Aleppo province, military sources reported on Sunday.
“At least 20 Turkish tanks and five armoured vehicles, accompanied by a large number of Turkish troops, have arrived in the northern countryside of Aleppo province,” spokesman for the Shamiya Front rebel group Saleh al-Zein told ARA News.
Also, hundreds of rebels from the Turkey-backed Sultan Murad Brigade and other Turkmen rebel factions accompanied the Turkish army in the advance towards Aleppo.
“The Turkish forces and allies have taken over al-Rae town north of Aleppo, turning the town into a military zone after claiming to have expelled ISIS militants from the area,” rebel spokesman al-Zein told ARA News. “However, there has been no fight between the Turkish forces and ISIS in al-Rae, which shows that ISIS has actually handed the town over to Turkey,” he added.
This comes just one day after the Turkish government sent military reinforcements to the Syrian northern city of Jarablus, that’s been taken by the Turkish forces and allied rebels of the Euphrates Shield Brigades on August 24 without resistance from ISIS.
Fighting for a 'moderate' Islamic State
Abu al-Tartusi (Mufti of 'the revolution'):
Syrian Turkmen Brigades, also called the United Turkmen Army, are an informal armed opposition structure composed of Syrian Turkmen that form the military wing of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly, primarily fighting against the Syrian Armed Forces, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Syrian Democratic Forces. They are aligned with the Syrian opposition and are heavily supported by Turkey, who provides funding and military training along with artillery and aerial support.
The Sultan Murad Brigade is part of a rebel coalition that includes: Ahrar al Sham (hardline Salafi-jihadi group) - Fastaqem Union (supporting Salafi-jihadi ideology) - Suqur Jabal (US-backed group) - 1st Rgmnt. (Sunni Islamists) - Zinki Movement (Sunni Islamists) - Muntasir Brigade (pledget alligance to the Syrian al Qaeda group al Nusra).
Muslim radicals use religion as a political justification to publicize their terrorist propaganda.
They have politicized Islam and distorted its teachings to promote their own selfish agendas... Politicizing Islam has distorted its message of peace and compassion. Politics are based on deception and selfish agendas for military and economic gains.
Religious leaders who have politicized Islam claim that they are the true defenders of the faith and that it is their duty to preserve the teachings of Islam. However, in reality what they advocate is contrary to the Islamic principles of peace, mercy and compassion toward mankind. Their distorted ideology is based on bigotry and intolerance.
Political Islam has alienated Muslims everywhere and continues to threaten the lives of innocent believers all over the world.
Rejectionist voices who maintain a negative stand and impose their ultraconservative interpretations of Islam to gain power are impediments to peace in the region...
The Council of Senior Ulema, which represents the consensus of officially recognized senior Islamic scholars, has a responsibility to reject ultraconservative interpretations that influence ongoing divisions between sects...
There is an urgency to promote a viable civil society and to build strong civic institutions to complement economic goals and targets.
It is critical to develop a sense of optimism among the Arab masses and promote meaningful change.
Although Western media is full of doomsday scenarios for the region and many economists and global experts remain very skeptical, opinion leaders in the Arab world have a responsibility to inspire hope and change for a better future.
Syrian regime forces and their allies recaptured areas in southwestern Aleppo on Sunday that opposition fighters had seized last month and laid siege to the city's opposition-held eastern sector for a second time since July, opposition groups and monitors said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said regime forces backed by Russian air strikes had now severed the alternate route into the opposition-held east that fighters opened up in August: "The army took control of the artillery academy, so they control all the academies, and the eastern neighborhoods are under a full siege..."
Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim rebel group confirmed reports that the complex had been retaken by government forces. That place eastern Aleppo under siege, he said.
Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, wants to recapture all of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the five-year-old conflict. It has been roughly divided between rebel control in the east and government control in the west since mid-2012, and in recent months regime troops have gradually surrounded the city.
On July 17, they severed the only remaining route into the opposition-held east, the key Castello Road running down from the border with Turkey. The road's capture led to shortages of food and fuel in the eastern neighborhoods, and prompted international concern, including calls for 48-hour ceasefires to allow aid to enter.
On August 6, opposition forces including Al-Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate Nusra Front pushed regime forces back from a key route south of the city, creating a lifeline back into the east.
Eight special corridors are currently open in the Syrian city of Aleppo where the Russian military, supported by the Syrian authorities, are conducting a humanitarian operation, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.
“Each day water, food and essentials are delivered to local residents through seven special corridors,” he told reporters on Monday.
“The eighth one is open near Castello Road for armed militants to leave the city,” Antonov said.
The Russian military have been conducting the humanitarian operation in Aleppo for a month now, he said.
“The question of providing humanitarian aid to all Aleppo residents, despite the ongoing talks between all parties concerned, has not lost its relevance.”
On Thursday Arab foreign ministers will meet at the Cairo headquarters of the Arab League..
Typically, the top diplomats of the Arab states will revise a long list of issues that are permanently on their agenda, supposedly with an eye on boosting relations and common interests. However, only a few matters will actually get serious attention from the diplomatic delegations.
Facing up to what Riyadh says are Iranian ambitions to expand its influence across the Arab world at the expense of Saudi influence is the top priority...
According to Arab diplomats, the Saudis are very worried by the continued and inconclusive war they have been waging against the Iranian-supported Houthis in Yemen... The Saudis are also upset that they have been unable to grant a military or political victory to their allies either in Syria or in Iraq against those supported by Iran in both countries.
The most powerful army fighting against the Syrian army, The Army of Conquest, a unification of several Jihadi militias, is a fruit of Turkish-Saudi coordination. In addition, there's the so-called Islam Army, whose head Zahran Alloush, was promoted by Turkey and Saudi Arabia as the savior who will not only defeat the Syrian army, but also wipe out ISIL
According to the sources of Ahram Online at the Arab League, the office of the secretary-general of the Arab League had been in touch with Riyadh during the process of preparing the draft resolutions that the foreign ministers are expected to adopt on these two files and also on the resolutions related to the situation in Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
“Saudi Arabia is effectively the country with the loudest voice at the Arab League now,” said the same Arab League diplomat...
Arab League diplomats, serving and recently retired, blame the leadership of former Arab League Secretary General, for the augmentation of Gulf influence at the league during the past five years.
In the words of some of those diplomats who had served closely with Nabil El-Arabi, the former secretary-general was always willing to facilitate the adoption of the Saudi or Qatari positions...
The same diplomats say that it was not the “personal choice” of the former secretary-general to bow to the wish of the GCC and especially Saudi Arabia - it was the way things were by the implicit consensus of all Arab countries including Egypt - and of course excluding Syria whose membership has been suspended at the Arab organisation since the heyday of the Arab Spring.
Today, the same diplomats argue, the new Arab League secretary-general, Ahmed Abul-Gheit, is following in the footsteps of his predecessor - “perhaps even faster”. He has clear announced positions against promoting relations with Iran and made some very unsympathetic remarks on the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza.
According to El-Agati, the collective failure of the Arab countries to lend adequate support to the Palestinian cause during the past five years, for example, happened not because El-Arabi did not want to support the Palestinian cause, but because the Arab countries turned their backs on the issue.
Wahhabis, Salafis & The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The founder of Wahhabism, Mohammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, was born around 1700 in a small oasis town in the Najd region, in what is now central Saudi Arabia. He studied in Basra before returning to his home town of 'Uyayna in 1740. There he worked to spread (what he believed to be) the call (da'wa) for a restoration of true monotheistic worship, purified of innovations, such as invoking or making vows to "holy men" or "saints" (a common practice in Roman Catholicism and Iranian Sjia).
Muhammad ibn Saud, the chief (emir) of an agricultural settlement near modern-day Riyadh, called Diriyah, invited ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab to join him, and in 1744 a pact was made between the two.
According to American scholar Christopher M. Blanchard, Wahhabism refers to "a conservative Islamic creed centered in and emanating from Saudi Arabia," while Salafiyya is "a more general puritanical Islamic movement that has developed independently at various times and in various places in the Islamic world."
Azhar cleric: Salafists are not Sunnists
In the heart of the Syrian city of Homs, workers clear rubble and clean the blackened walls of the war-ravaged old market in a bid to restore its former glory. Much of Homs lay in ruins when its Old City was recaptured from rebels by government troops in 2014 after a two-year siege and near-daily bombardment.
Now a UN-backed project is trying to restore the ancient souk, or market, in the central city, dubbed the "capital of the revolution" because of the enormous anti-regime protests that erupted there five years ago.
"The armed men used it as a transit point more than a battlefield, which is why the souk isn't more badly damaged," an official from the local governorate told AFP.
The majority of the souk's shops are abandoned for now, with some missing locks or doors, while the walls of others have been blackened by fire or pockmarked by shrapnel or bullets.
Homs Ancient Market (Souk) 2010 & 2016
Ghassan Jansiz, a 44-year-old architect, is supervising the work being undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme, and estimates the project will take around two years.
He says there are four steps involved: "Cleaning, documentation, renovation and reconstruction." "We're still in the first stage," he told AFP. "Removing the rubble is a dangerous process. We've found bombs and explosives," he explained. "We are trying to restore the souk to how it was 100 years ago, and the cost is expected to be several hundred thousand dollars."
At the moment, around 70 people are working on the project, which envisions the installation of four main gates, the restoration of 200 shops, and the documentation of the history of the site.
NEW YORK – Syria’s civil war is the most dangerous and destructive crisis on the planet.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has greatly compounded the dangers by hiding the US role in Syria from the American people and from world opinion.
An end to the Syrian war requires an honest accounting by the US of its ongoing, often secretive role in the Syrian conflict since 2011, including who is funding, arming, training, and abetting the various sides. Such exposure would help bring to an end many countries’ reckless actions...
A widespread – and false – perception is that Obama has kept the US out of the Syrian war.
Yet the curtain gets lifted from time to time. In January, the New York Times finally reported on a secret 2013 Presidential order to the CIA to arm Syrian rebels. As the account explained, Saudi Arabia provides substantial financing of the armaments, while the CIA, under Obama’s orders, provides organizational support and training...
The public was left in the dark: How big are the ongoing CIA-Saudi operations? How much is the US spending on Syria per year? What kinds of arms are the US, Saudis, Turks, Qataris, and others supplying to the Syrian rebels?
Which groups are receiving the arms? What is the role of US troops, air cover, and other personnel in the war? The US government isn’t answering these questions, and mainstream media aren’t pursuing them, either.
Through occasional leaks, investigative reports, statements by other governments, and rare statements by US officials, we know that America is engaged in an active, ongoing, CIA-coordinated war both to overthrow Assad and to fight ISIS. America’s allies in the anti-Assad effort include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and other countries in the region.
The US public has had no say in these decisions. There has been no authorizing vote or budget approval by the US Congress.
I am confident that the American people would respond with a resounding “no” to the ongoing US-led war of regime change in Syria. This is the main reason why the US security state refuses to tell the truth. The American people would call for peace rather than perpetual war.
Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict a Reuters/Ipsos poll says. About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria's civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.
In this week's Reuters/Ipsos survey of 1,448 people, just 27 percent said they supported his decision to send arms to some Syrian rebels; 47 percent were opposed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for each number.
About 11 percent said Obama should do more to intervene in Syria than sending arms to the rebels, while 89 percent said he should not help the rebels.
Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Iranians are “not Muslims”, after Iran’s supreme leader launched a fresh tirade over the kingdom’s handling of the hajj pilgrimage, AFP reports quoting a Saudi newspaper on Tuesday.
“We must understand these are not Muslims, they are children of Magi and their hostility towards Muslims is an old one. Especially with the people of Sunna,” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh told Makkah daily, referring to pre-Islamic beliefs in Iran and to the Sunnis who make up the main branch of Islam.
The grand mufti’s comments came a day after Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Muslim world should challenge Saudi management of Islam’s two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina. “Because of Saudi rulers’ oppressive behaviour towards God’s guests, the world of Islam must fundamentally reconsider the management of the two holy places and the issue of hajj,” Khamenei wrote on his website.
Riyadh and Tehran are at odds over a raft of regional issues, notably the conflicts in Syria and Yemen in which they support opposing sides.
The Magi & Jesus Christ
The Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were, in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition, a group of distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.
The word magi is the plural of Latin magus, borrowed from Greek magos. Greek magos itself is derived from Old Persian maguŝ from the Avestan magâunô, i.e., the religious caste into which Zoroaster was born.
A Fountain Of Life"The civil society which we aspire to establish is based on our collective identity whose attainment requires the continuous and ceaseless endeavours of intellectuals and thinkers. It is not a treasure that can be unearthed overnight, rather, it is a fountain of life and morality from whose constant effusion we will benefit.
Therefore enjoyment of this treasure is gradual and dependent on scrupulous cognizance and re-examination of our heritage as well as our doctrinal and intellectual tradition on the one hand, and sophisticated, scientific and philosophical understanding of the modern world on the other.
Our success along this path depends upon politics serving thought and virtue and not acting as a confined and restrictive framework for them."
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami (President of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2003)
The umbrella organization of British Jews on Monday called on the opposition Labour Party to expel Ken Livingstone from its ranks “immediately,” after the controversial former London mayor, a close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, again claimed that Adolf Hitler once supported the Zionist movement.
“Hitler’s persecution of the Jews started early in the 1930s,” Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl said in a statement. “He expressed his loathing for Zionism in the 1920s. But yet in 2016 Ken Livingstone seems to want to rewrite history to make it seem like Zionism was responsible for the Holocaust, which is as false as it is grotesquely offensive. Every day that Labour does not expel him is a stain on the party.”
Speaking on Vanessa Feltz’s BBC London radio show on Monday morning, Livingstone repeated the claims that he made on her show in April, which led to his suspension from the Labour party.
“The fact (is) that during the 1930s, Hitler collaborated with the Zionists and supported them because he believed that a solution to his problem – the Jews – was that they should all move to Palestine,” Livingstone said. “Then in the 1940s that changed and he decided on genocide. And that’s the point I made on your program. I’m just surprised that people didn’t check that it was true before they started screaming ‘Nazi apologist.’
Livingstone said accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against him were the result of his condemnation of Israeli government policies. “I have had this accusation thrown at me many times. It is only ever thrown at me when I am critical of the Israel government,” he said.
More info: Zionism And The Third Reich
It was the Zionists who supported Nazism, collaborated with the Nazis, identified with Nazism - all due to the ideology of Zionism...
Both Zionism and Nazism believe in the inherent deficiency of the Jew. The only difference between them is in how the question should be answered. According to Nazism, the answer was first emigration and subsequently extermination. The Zionists preached the emigration of the Jews, and the preservation of their blood in Palestine.
For Zionism, the Nuremberg Laws were merely a restatement of their national character. The Judische Rundschau, the Zionist official organ in Germany, brazenly published a statement by A.J. Brandt, the head of the Nazis Press Association, that the enactment of the laws was for the Jews’ benefit:
“Germany is helping Judaism to strengthen its national character and is making strides towards improving relations between the two peoples.” Through Zionism, the Nazis gained legitimate support to strip the Jews of their rights. Their shared ideology and Zionist assistance resulted in favoritism displayed by the Nazi leaders.
Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of the Reich Main Security Office and the innovator of the Final Solution, knew enough to differentiate the Zionist from the Jew, a separate identity indeed. “We must separate Jewry into two categories… the Zionists and those who favor being assimilated.”
Adolf Eichmann did not hide his wholehearted support for Zionism: “I often said to Jews with whom I had dealings that, had I been a Jew, I would have been a fanatical Zionist..."
After the implementation of the Nuremberg Laws, the Nazi prejudice in favor of Zionism could not have been more decisive. The only two flags allowed to be flown in Germany were the Nazi swastika and the Zionist Star of David. While all Jewish newspapers were banned (or 'cleaned' of Jewish ownership), the only notable exception was the Zionist Judische Rundschau (1902-1938).
Censorship in Nazi Germany (1933–1945)
Censorship in Nazi Germany was extreme and strictly enforced by the governing Nazi Party.
It was implemented by the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. All media—literature, music, newspapers, and public events—were censored. Attempts were also made to censor private communications, such as mail and even private conversation, with mixed results.
The aim of censorship under the Nazi regime was simple: to reinforce Nazi power and to suppress opposing viewpoints and information.
Punishments ranged from banning of presentation and publishing of works to deportation, imprisonment, or even execution in a concentration camp. Hitler outlined his theory of propaganda and censorship in Mein Kampf:
"The chief function of propaganda is to convince the masses, whose slowness of understanding needs to be given time so they may absorb information; and only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on their mind."
During the spring of 1933, Nazi student organizations, professors, and librarians made up long lists of books they thought should not be read by Germans. Then, on the night of May 10, 1933, Nazis raided libraries and bookstores across Germany. They marched by torchlight in nighttime parades, sang chants, and threw books into huge bonfires. On that night more than 25,000 books were burned.
Most of the books were by non-Jewish writers, including such famous Americans as Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and Sinclair Lewis, whose ideas the Nazis viewed as different from their own and therefore not to be read. (Wikipedia)
"The killings of soldiers, police and civilians, often in the most brutal circumstances, have been going on virtually since the beginning.” Professor Jeremy Salt, October 2011, in 'Syria’s Islamist Insurrection in Disguise'
Syria - Daraa, march 2011: Start of the destructionprocess by the anti-democratic opposition.
Flashback 2011: People Are Seeking A Separate Existence In Nations
ALEPPO – The Syrian rebel coalition of the Army of Conquest on Saturday blamed the US coalition for killing the jihadi General Commander Abu Omar Saraqeb last Thursday.
Abu Omar Saraqeb, the top military commander of the militant Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group’s leaders. He was killed in an airstrike in the countryside of Aleppo, where the group has been playing an instrumental role in ongoing battles against the Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias. The nationality of the jets that hit the location was not immediately known.
The US-led coalition, Russia and Syria have been conducting air strikes against militants on the ground, but the Army of Conquest rebel coalition blamed the United States.
“This comes as part of an ongoing attempt to weaken the forces fighting the Assad regime. The stance of the United States toward the Syrian revolution has proven to the world that they are not concerned with the humanitarian situation in Syria nor for the revolution, but driven solely by self-interests,” the rebel coalition said on Saturday.
The Pentagon on Friday said it played no role in the death of the top military commander of the former al Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, who died while in a meeting of rebel leaders on Thursday to prepare for operations in Aleppo.
Syria - al-nusra 2013 & its emir abu mohammad al-jolani (2016)
Abu Omar Saraqeb was a founding member of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, whose fighters later gave birth to Isis.
Its “emir” Abu Mohammad al-Jolani announced the group’s supposed departure from al-Qaeda leadership in July and re-named it as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
But the organisation, which is among the most powerful rebel forces in the Syrian civil war, has not been shy of declaring its Islamist ambitions, announcing it would “continue our jihad” with the aim of establishing an “Islamic government” and the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.
Analysts suspected the rebrand was a move to generate support from potential rebel allies deterred by al-Qaeda and the presence of foreign fighters in its ranks. It was also seen as a pitch to prevent fighters being targeted by international air strikes against Isis and other terrorist groups.
But American commanders said their operations would continue, with State Department spokesperson John Kirby saying: “They are still considered a foreign terrorist organisation. We judge a group by what they do, not by what they call themselves.”
Raqqa: An Icon of 'The Revolution'
An influential Syrian rebel group, the hardline Ahrar al-Sham, on Sunday rejected the truce deal brokered by Russia and the United States hours before it was due to begin. A high-ranking member of the group, which works closely with former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, said in a statement on YouTube that the deal would only serve to “reinforce” the regime of President Bashar al-Assad..
Ahrar al-Sham, which has an influential presence on the ground in Syria’s brutal war, is the first rebel group to officially react to the deal reached on Friday following marathon talks in Geneva.
“The people cannot accept half-solutions,” the group’s deputy leader Ali al-Omar said in the YouTube video to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Monday, when the truce is due to come into force.
“The Russian-American deal... will send all the sacrifices and gains of our people who have risen up into smoke. It will only serve to reinforce the regime and surround the revolution militarily.”
Omar also rejected the aspect of the deal in which Washington is supposed to convince mainstream opposition fighters to break their alliance with Fateh al-Sham. That group, which is not covered by the truce deal, has also dismissed the accord.
“It’s simple -- the Russian-American deal is intended to eliminate those who protect Syrians,” Fateh al-Sham spokesman Mostafa Mahamed wrote on Twitter. “The negotiations and the deals which do not take account of fighters on the ground are useless.”
Syrian President performs Eid Al-Adha prayers in Darayya
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was seen attending the Sa'ad ibn Mu'azh Mosque in Darayya on Monday morning to perform Eid Al-Adha prayers in observance of this Islamic holiday. President Assad was seen driving his SUV to the mosque amid a large convoy of religious leaders and government officials in Darayya.
In his press conference Sept. 9, John Kerry went on the offense against skeptics, critics and dissenters within the US government and elsewhere. |
“Going after Nusra is not a concession to anybody,” he said. “It is profoundly in the interests of the United States to target al-Qaeda — to target al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which is Nusra, an organization that is opposed to a peaceful transition, an organization that is an enemy of the legitimate opposition, an organization that is currently plotting attacks beyond Syria’s borders, including against the United States.”...
While Russia will rightly be held accountable for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s compliance, the deal could also depend on the willingness of regional parties allied with the United States to compel their armed proxies in Syria to separate from Jabhat al-Nusra.
Disentangling these armed groups from Jabhat al-Nusra had been a sticking point in US-Russian negotations, but Kerry said Sept. 9 that the game is up.
He warned those “opposition groups who have up until now found it convenient to sort of work with them [Jabhat al-Nusra] … it would not be wise to do so in the future. It’s wise to separate oneself."
Especially on the 15th anniversary of al-Qaeda’s attack on the United States, we would simply say that al-Qaeda, its affiliates, its allies and even its “sort of” friends in Syria deserve no quarter from the US military and coalition partners.
Bashar al-Assad in Darayya, youtube-vid, 12-9-2016
Fetullah Gülen: Please, use your brain
How many cells do we have in our brain,
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that a ground operation in the the Syrian city of Raqqa against the ISIL could not be carried out by Turkey alone and must be thoroughly planned.
"Ground operation in the Syrian city of Raqqa against ISIL militant group is vital for achieving victory over terrorists," Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday, Sputnik reported.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted US President Barak Obama’s proposal for a joint operation to free Raqqa from ISIL.
"If we want to cleanse Syria and Iraq of ISIL, it is important that we mount operations both in Iraqi Mosul and in Raqqa. We have always said that if we do not support local forces on the ground, if there is no land operation, it will not be possible to eliminate or even stop ISIL exclusively from the air," Cavusoglu said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency. A ground operation could not be carried out by Turkey alone and must be thoroughly planned, according to the minister.
"It is not just us but other countries that must train and equip local forces that must contribute and give direction," Cavusoglu stated.
The city of Raqqa is the de facto ISIL capital and their major stronghold in Syria. It has been under control of the militants since August 2014. On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the ISIL militant group.
Tehran, Sept 12, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani underlined in a telephone conversation with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani the need for cooperation among regional and persian Gulf states.
President Rouhani pointed to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism in the region, and said, 'Unfortunately, the region is not in a favorable situation and we are all duty-bound to make efforts to establish stability in the region and reinforce fraternity.”
The Qatari emir, for his part, said that Qatar and Iran have always maintained cordial and deep-rooted relations, adding, 'Qatar welcomes expansion of relations with Iran in all fields.'
He said that the two countries should make use of their relations to resolve complicated and difficult problems in the region, adding, 'The Islamic Republic of Iran plays an influential role in regional developments which also serves Qatar’s interests.'
The Qatari emir underlined the importance of improving dialogue between Iran and the Persian Gulf littoral states, and said, 'The existing problems must be settled by regional states and not foreign powers.'
He added that interaction among countries in the region would undoubtedly serve the interests of regional people who are going through tough times in fighting terrorism.
Interview with Shaykh Ramadan al-Buti:
"Let us turn to the age of Shaykh Ahmad al-Rifa`i, may Allah sanctify his soul. Now that is an amazing man. He always used to say in his gatherings, in front of his murids, something that he would repeat again and again – that he was not a shaykh, and not a murshid, and warned against people looking at him in that light.
He said in one of his gatherings – and this can be found in his book al-Burhan al-Muayyid – “May I be resurrected with Fir’aun and Hamman if I consider myself better than any one from among you.”
“I am not a shaykh. I am not a shaykh... My name is Little Ahmad, The Nothing. Or better yet, Nothing.." – this is what (Sh. Ahmad ar-Rifa’i) used to say...
I feel embarrassed before Allah when someone from among the people kisses my hand. Because I know myself, and my Lord is One who conceals and veils the mistakes of His servants. He conceals so much… He conceals. I know my shortcomings. I know how much I’ve fallen short in my relationship with my Lord... (islamictext website)
On March 21, 2013 a blast ripped through a mosque in the Syrian capital, killing prominent Sunni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Said Ramadan al-Bouti. At least 42 people have died and 84 more were wounded in the attack. Syria's SANA news agency reports that the scholar's grandson was also killed in the bombing. (Saddam's Death, page 69)
DAMASCUS - A fragile ceasefire in Syria appeared to be holding..
Damascus accused the opposition of a series of violations, with its ally Moscow saying Syrian government forces were fully respecting the truce but that rebels had violated it 23 times.
"Syrian government troops have completely stopped firing" except in jihadist-held areas, but "the same cannot be said for armed units of the moderate opposition controlled by the US," said Viktor Poznikhir, a senior Russian military officer.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had said earlier that it was "far too early to draw conclusions" about the success of the ceasefire but urged all sides to seize the opportunity.
If the ceasefire holds for a week, Moscow and Washington will then begin an unprecedented joint campaign to target jihadists, including IS and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said UN envoy Staffan de Mistura could invite government and opposition representatives to new peace talks "at the very beginning of October".
But there is still deep scepticism about whether the truce will last, with the opposition yet to officially sign on and demanding guarantees on how the ceasefire will be monitored.
A joint statement issued by nearly two dozen rebel groups late on Monday said they could not support the ceasefire.. The rebels said they had "no choice... but to pursue the fight against the regime and its allies until the last bullet and the last fighter."
Fatah Al-Sham Appreciates Terrorist Groups' Refusal to Join Truce with Syrian Gov't
FARS News Agency, 13-9-2016
TEHRAN (FNA) - Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as the al-Nusra Front) on Tuesday thanked the terrorist groups that have rejected the US-Russia negotiated ceasefire with the Syrian government...
Fatah al-Sham, in a statement, termed the truce agreement as a fresh plot and appreciated the leaders and members of 22 terrorist groups that did not accept the ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US.
At least 22 terrorist groups, mostly affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), announced earlier today that they would not abide by the truce agreement that went into effect on Monday night.
Faylaq al-Sham, Nouralddeen al-Zinki movement, al-Faoj al-Awal, al-Ferqa 101, Faylaq al-Homs, Jeish al-Islam, Etihad al-Islami al-Ajnad al-Sham, Ansar al-Islam Front, al-Ferqa 13, Liwa al-Fatah, al-ferqa Shomaliyeh, al-Shamiyeh Front, Kataeb al-Safwa al-Islamiyeh, al-Ferqa al-Wosta, Fastwom Kama Amrat, Jeish al-Nasr, Jeish al-Tahrir, Liwa al-Soqouu Jabal al-Zawiyeh, Liwa al-Horiyeh al-Islami, al-Isaleh Front, al-Tamiyeh and Jund al-Badr 313.
Preparations are underway for the delivery of aid to Aleppo. Regime troops and allied militias pulled back from Castello Road, the northern route into rebel-held eastern Aleppo, and Russian soldiers were taking up the vacated positions “preparing for the humanitarian aids to be distributed.”
Around 20 trucks of aid crossed into northern Syria from Turkey, Reuters reported, citing a witness. Damascus, however, has said that it will not permit any aid to enter the country without the coordination of the Syrian government and the UN, state media SANA reported on Tuesday. A source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA that Damascus particularly rejected aid from Turkey, accusing Ankara of backing terrorist groups.
“Since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Turkey has always provided support to the armed terrorist organizations and supplied them with money, arms, not to mention harboring terrorists, assisting them and bringing mercenaries from all over the world to murder the Syrian people and destroy their country,” the source said.
The United Nations is waiting to ensure the truce holds before they start delivering aid. (Rudaw, 13-9-2016)
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Ahmed Jarba, head of Syria's opposition group known as the Al-Ghad Front, says that Sunday's agreement with the administration in the country's Kurdish enclave -- known as Rojava -- is a "new chapter of brotherly relations between Arabs and Kurds."
His comments came after a coalition was set up between the two groups in the Egyptian capital Cairo on broad cooperation in Rojava and elsewhere in Syria.
"We do not wish to isolate our Kurdish brothers. We reject the Arabs who rode the wave of Arab nationalism and Baathist chauvinism that led to the destruction of the Arab countries," Jarba said.
According to the agreement, the territorial integrity of Syria will be respected but the Kurdish-administrated cantons in the country will be recognized as lawful and seen as a model for the future Syria. Kurds in Syria have set up three federal entities in the northern corners of the country which together make up their political enclave called Rojava.
Under the terms of the agreement the Ghad Front will be allowed to set up its own branches in Rojava and be engaged in political activity. It also says a committee will be established between the two to form a common understanding about how the future Syria should be rebuilt politically and in terms of administration.
Wikipedia: The end of Arab Nationalism
Ahmad Jarba is a public opponent of Bashar al-Assad and between 6 July 2013 and 11 July 2014 he was President of the Syrian National Coalition, which is the main coalition of opposition groups in the Syrian Civil War, as well as being a member of the Syrian National Council.
On 13 September Ahmad Jarba met with the leader of the Movement for a Democratic Society, representing the de facto autonomous administration of the Federation of Northern Syria - Rojava, in order to form an agreement to participate in the governing of northeastern Syria. They issued a joint statement that "the monist powers insisting on one party, one flag and one nation are doomed to fail".
"We do not know a lot about Jarba, except that he holds a Saudi passport and he is considered a member of Michel Kilo's movement. No one knows exactly what Jarba does or what gave him the qualifications to lead the revolution.What we do know is that he has been imposed on the subjects and the country by those who assume they know its interests more than most of us..." Syrian Observer, 19-11-2013
The Arab Leaque & The Arab Homeland
The Charter of the Arab League endorsed the principle of an Arab homeland while respecting the sovereignty of the individual member states. ...
Flashback: Gadhafi Criticizes the Arab League
Bernard-Henri Levy 2011: Turning to Syria
Bernhard Levy argues that NATO intervention to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi has set a “precedent” in the 21st century for developing a new doctrine for toppling regimes...
Levy goes on to affirm that the Syrian regime will be toppled along the lines of the Libyan scenario, adding that all that is left in Syria is “the final scene which has not been completely written yet.” (Al-Akhbar, 23-11-2011)
Read also: Saddam's Death, page 54
Syrian Kurds are angered by the recent transition plan proposed by the Saudi backed 'High Negotiations Committee' (led by former Syrian prime minister Riyadh Hijab), as the plan does not recognize any form of federalism for a post-war Syria.
The High Negotiations Committee proposed the principle of administrative decentralization in managing the country’s affairs.
“Giving the people of each governorate and district a role in managing their local affairs: economic, communal, and daily life affairs in ways that do not adversely affect the unity of the country,” the proposal said.
However, the Kurds are not satisfied with the transition plan which does not recognize any form of autonomy for the Kurds.
“This proposed plan makes one feels sorry for the Syrian situation; after five years of bloodshed, the opposition is still thinking and acting in the same political way,” Bader Mustafa, a member of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK), told ARA News.
“The Syrian opposition wants to replace the Assad regime with the same centralised power,” he said. “I am sure they will not achieve this, and the civil war will continue in Syria as long as this opposition keeps thinking in this Baathist way.”
Speaking to ARA News, member of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, Zara Salih, said the Syrian opposition is no different from the Baath-regime.
“To convince the Syrian opposition on Kurdish rights cannot be achieved, because they are the students of the Baathist and Arab nationalist culture,” he said. “They cannot change their mentality over the night.”
“The Syrian opposition members keep showing a racist attitude towards the Kurds..” Salih told ARA News.
Therefore, the Kurdish politician suggested that it would be better for the KNC to withdraw from the Syrian opposition, and try to reach a deal with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that recently signed an agreement with Syria’s Tomorrow Movement led by Ahmed Jarba, the former head SNC, recognizing the local self-administrations.
On the birthday of President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, born September 11th, 1965, one would but congratulate all humanity and goodness, congratulate the majority of Syrians, friends, the Resistance and all supporters of justice, knowledge, and civilization against injustice, ignorance and barbarity.
What Is the Meaning of the Number 911?
Ask- Angels.com (Numerology website)
9-1-1 is the phone number for emergencies in the US, and the World Trade Center bombing took place on 9/11.
With these mental associations, many people who start seeing 911 regularly worry that it’s some sort of bad omen, or a warning of a challenge or emergency to come.
But if you see 911… Don’t worry! 911 is an Angel number...
911 is most often a message from the angels to stay positive about your life and your soul purpose.
Number 911 carries the vibrations of number 9, and the energies of number 1 appearing twice, amplifying its own energies and also relating to the Master Number 11:
Number 9 resonates with the attributes of Universal Spiritual Laws, compassion, benevolence and generosity, living life as a positive example, leadership, service to humanity and lightworking. Number 9 also relates to endings and conclusions.
Number 1 resonates with self-reliance, new beginnings and progress, activity and energy, inspiration, attainment, fulfilment and creating your own reality.
The double 1 resonates with the karmic Master Number 11, which brings its attributes of illumination and enlightenment, inspiration, alternate consciousness, mysticism, catalyst, sensitivity, enthusiasm, creative/creativity.
This makes the number 911 a powerfully spiritual vibration that breaks through the 'old' to create the 'new'.
Angel Number 21 (1965: 1+9+6+5 = 21) is a message from your angels for you to be aware of your thoughts as they are manifesting your ideas and beliefs into reality. Angel Number 21 encourages you to be optimistic and maintain a positive attitude regarding current changes and/or circumstances in your life, as this will help to manifest your desired results.
Belief in angels is one of the six Articles of Faith in Islam, just like the belief in Tawheed/Tauhid (Oneness of Allah) and the Risalah (Prophet-hood).
Angels are heavenly beings, mentioned many times in the Quran and hadith literature. The angel Jibreel (Gabriel) is the most important (prominent) messenger angel, as he delivers the message of God (Allah) to the Islamic prophets.
Numbers play an important part in Judaic ritual practices and are believed to be a means for understanding the divine. In early Hebrew history the interpretation of numbers was considered highly important. The Hebrew alphabet was based on numbers, and this relationship was related to the cosmic forces. In the Middle Ages, a numerical mysticism evolved from the teachings of Merkabah, a sect of Judaism. In the 13th century the German Kabbalists developed gematria, a mystic numerical interpretation of the Scriptures.
ANKARA, TURKEY - The Russian Army's Chief of Staff, General Valeri Gerasimov, is set to arrive in Ankara today to discuss Russo-Turkish military cooperation in Syria, Interfax News Agency reported a half hour ago.
General Gerasimov will meet with his counterpart in Ankara to discuss the potential of a coordinated attack against the terrorist forces operating inside Syria.
Following Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit with Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg last month, the two countries have significantly improved their diplomatic relations.
While the Turkish regime have improved their relations with Damascus, the former has not halted the flow of jihadist rebels into the country; this is something Russia is attempting to persuade Ankara to stop.
According to the statement of Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konasenkov, the Russian general will travel to Turkey to talk with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar.
The United States and Russia agreed a plan to impose a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and lay the foundation for a peace process last Friday. The Syrian truce was extended by a further 48 hours following an agreement between both sides.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), partnering with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces, initiated Operation Euphrates Shield on August 24 to liberate northern Syria towns from regional terror groups such as Daesh, PYD and PKK. (Daily Sabah, 14-9-2016)
While Turkey continues its combat operation against terror groups within the country and abroad, reports obtained by Ankara reveal that Western countries; namely, the U.S., is the primary actor supplying arms to PKK's Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The reports obtained by Ankara were presented to the Western countries during bilateral talks with solid evidence.
Ankara considers the PYD and the YPG to be the Syrian offshoots of the PKK terrorist organization, which has been waging war on Turkey for decades, and these terror groups have declared their presence west of the Euphrates, crossing a red line.
However, despite Turkey having stressed that the PYD is a terrorist PKK affiliate, the U.S. and other Western countries insist that the group in Syria is an ally.
In another move to grab control of the Syrian arena, the Kremlin marked the start of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria on Sept 12 with a push for the United States to dissolve the war room that has been running anti-Assad operations from a venue north of the Jordanian capital Amman.
The US Central Command Forward Command in Jordan has for three years run the command and communications functions of select rebel ground operations against Bashar Assad, especially insofar as US special operations units and air force were involved.
Jordanian, Saudi, Israeli, Qatari and United Arab Emirates officers serve alongside American commanders.
This forward command has evolved, according to our sources, into the nerve center of the military campaigns waged by this coalition against the Syrian army and its allies in southern Syria and also against the Islamic State in southeastern Syria and parts of western Iraq.
In January 2016, President Vladimir Putin had the Saudis talk King Abdullah into establishing a Russian-Jordanian forward command outside Amman alongside the American war room... Over the past months, the Russian-led command center has gradually nudged the US war room into an inferior role in the control of ongoing operations.
Last week, in the course of the marathon talks on a Syrian truce held by US Secretary of State John Kelly and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, the American delegation was suddenly confronted with a demand to shut down the Centcom forward command in Jordan...
If President Barack Obama submits to Moscow’s demand, our sources point out, it would mean curtains for Israeli, Saudi, Qatar and Emirate officers participation in the Amman command.
They would be sent home and their governments would find themselves out in the cold in relation to coordinated Russia-US and Jordanian operations in Syria.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, also Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, flew into Rome on Wednesday. He and Pope Francis will discuss bilateral ties between the UAE and Vatican, and ways to further develop them.
They will also review joint efforts in promoting tolerance, discussion and coexistence as part of efforts to achieve security, peace and stability in the region and the world.
Upon landing, Sheikh Mohammed tweeted that peace and security were the gateway to comprehensive and sustainable development for all.
"There is a pressing need for stronger cooperation between countries and organisations to formulate policies that promote values of tolerance and dialogue and constructive communication between civilisations."
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said Islam is a religion of tolerance and moderation, which calls for dialogue and peace:
"Terrorist groups that pretend to act in its name deviate from its true path. The first step toward defeating these groups is to see them as criminal groups, regardless of religion, race or geographic location," he said.
"We will bring back Islam to Syria"
Muslim Brotherhood Syria
With all the international, regional and local developments impacting Syrian territories, and the obstacles placed in the path of achieving the legitimate aspirations of our people, the Muslim Brotherhood issues this statement to all Syrians...
The international and regional situation has exceeded all the laws and the principles and values of human civilization, upon which the International Organization of the United Nations was established.
The so-called "Friends of the Syrian People" proved to be nothing but a big trick. Now, everyone can see that there is a determined desire and an international conspiracy to deny the Syrian people their basic human rights.
This is all done under headings, pretexts and allegations such as "the war on terror", "protection of minorities", "maintaining Syrian unity", or "protection of Syria's state institutions".
International complicity was clear as the major powers allowed an influx of tens of thousands of Iranian murderers into Syria to participate in the killing of Syrian citizens, and allowed the terrorist Qassem Soleimani to walk freely all over Syrian territories...
This international complicity was also clear as the major powers prevented the arming of Syrians with air defense systems to help protect their lives, and refused to establish a safe buffer zone for displaced Syrians.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria understands the international plot being orchestrated and carried out against the Syrian people and its future generations... The group affirms and declares as follows:
Sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi (on podium), a leading Saudi cleric, calls for jihad in Syria during the conference on the stance of Muslim scholars on the situation in Syria.
(Daily News, 15-6-2013: 'Brotherhood supports calls for jihad in Syria')
Facing up to revelations of this international conspiracy to impose a Russian – Iranian military on our people, the group announces the following:
1. The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria will not be a conduit for the crime of terminating the revolution, nor a bridge through which evil plots of the Russians and the Iranians and their accomplices are passed.
2. With all due respect for national action institutions and participants therein, the group declares it will always endeavor to make the positions of these institutions harmonious with the goals of the revolution...
3. The group affirms the autonomy of its patriotic decision, and declares that its commitment to retribution for the martyrs' blood and the Syrian people's sacrifices, and its support for the best interest of the Syrian revolution, are two things about which it will not hesitate or compromise.
4. Despite the siege imposed on it, in many forms, by various international and regional powers, the group will continue to put all its resources in the service of Syria and the revolution...
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