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Who is arming the Syrian rebels?

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Politics
Global Research, February 21, 2013

The Council of the European Union renewed its arms embargo on Syria this week by another three months, with the slight amendment to allow for “greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.” The council further affirmed that it would “actively continue the work underway to assess and review, if necessary, the sanctions regime against Syria in order to support and help the opposition.”

This decision, seen as a compromise between EU members that are solidly against direct military involvement in Syria and those that are ambiguously in favor of it (chiefly Britain), was, like all decisions taken at the supranational level, several months out of date and risibly insufficient. But an added element of pathos in this re-upping of status quo policy can be found in a remarkable new development: Syria’s rebels are now receiving better and more copious arms from some outside actor. Moreover, the way in which those arms are being distributed, as well as to whom, strongly hints that some Western actors are finally acceding to a military option for a conflict that never had a chance for a diplomatic or political breakthrough.

In one of the most strangely neglected stories in the two-year Syria conflict, beginning on January 1, four new weapon models began appearing in large quantities in Daraa province, none used at any time by the Syrian military. The M60 recoilless gun, the M79 Osa rocket launcher, the RPG-22 rocket launcher and the Milkor MGL/RBG-6 grenade launcher hadn’t been shown in any opposition videos until the new year. Every device was used in a massive joint rebel operation against Busr al-Harir, a town previously safely in regime hands to the northeast of Daraa city. Several tanks and BMPs (armored personnel carriers) were destroyed in the ensuing battle and, as Syria analyst James Miller of EA Worldview told me, what distinguished this rebel sortie from others was that “the fighters didn’t seem concerned about preserving the ammunition for these weapons.”

Rebels tend to hoard the bullets of their Kalashnikovs, so the fact that they’d promiscuously expend the ammo of more powerful and newer-made arms is noteworthy. And there was another major oddity: Unlike most recent attacks against regime installations, the Busr al-Harir fight was waged mainly by secular or moderate units of the Free Syrian Army, with the normally ever-present Jabhat al-Nusra, the US-blacklisted Syrian branch of al-Qaeda in Iraq, conspicuously absent.

Busr al-Harir was by no means a one-off. Rebels continued to penetrate the southern province where the anti-regime protest movement took off in earnest in March 2011. More tanks and BMPs have gone up in flames in Zeizun, northwest of Daraa city, and others have been captured by the FSA. Rebels are approaching the city from the east and north, though also hitting within its limits from the south. On Valentine’s Day, they laid siege to El Sahoah, east of the city, eliminating an entire military convoy and sacking an air base and making off with at least one BMP. Four days later, they captured a checkpoint on Dam Road, affording them a new southeastern point of ingress into Daraa city. If this provincial capital were to be ring-fenced or taken by the opposition, Miller writes, it’d mark a significant setback for the regime because it would allow the rebels a direct supply line from Jordan straight into Damascus, where rebel operations are also taking place in the outlying suburbs and in the capital itself.

From Daraa, these munitions began popping up in other provinces. According to Eliot Higgins, who blogs obsessively about Syrian warfare as “Brown Moses” and who first uncovered the new hardware in Syria, the RPG-22 and M60 have since turned up in Idlib; the RPG-22, M79 and RBG-6 in Hama; the RPG-22 and M79 in Aleppo; and all four have appeared in Damascus. In an email, Higgins said that markings from M79 rocket pods suggest a manufacture date of 1990-1991, although the rocket launcher itself was first manufactured in 1979. Yet clearly this is still an improvement on the more commonly used RPG-7.

In one video, rebels demonstrate how the M79 works to a relevant figure: Colonel Abdul-Jabbar Mohammed Ogaidi, the FSA representative of the Northern Front of the Supreme Military Council. He also, intriguingly, serves on the Front’s Armament Committee. (Ogaidi was a main point man for Future Movement MP Okab Sakr, who previously ran consignments of light weapons into Syria.)

Higgins further happened upon a revealing training video showing the al-Farouq Brigade giving a lesson in how to handle some of this Balkan hardware to the Dawn of Islam Brigade. This exercise was coordinated under the auspices of the Free Damascenes Movement, a newish coalition of rebels seeking to unify all Islamic units in the insurgency under one heading, excepting (again) Jabhat al-Nusra. “That process,” Miller wrote in a blog post on EA Worldview, “appears to have started in late November and came to fruition in late December, approximately the same time we started to see the surge in foreign arms. This effort appears to have started in the south, in Daraa Province, with the eventual goal of liberating Damascus.” Both Miller and Higgins suspect that Jordan and Turkey are the entry points for the new weapons, given their proliferation in the north and south of Syria.

That sophisticated anti-tank and anti-infantry munitions are now being funneled exclusively to non-extremist rebel units, who themselves are committed to isolating al-Qaeda, suggests either a staggering coincidence or some degree of external facilitation. Now here’s another interesting fact. The M60, the M79, the RBG-6 and the RPG-22 are all currently in use by the Croatian Army.

Croatia, which, along with a host of European and Middle Eastern powers, recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, is not yet a member state of the European Union (it is set to accede in July of this year) and so, technically, it is not beholden to the EU arms embargo. It is, however, a member of the Friends of Syria umbrella group: Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusić attended the second conference in Istanbul in 2012, and she’s previously expressed concern about Croatia’s oil and gas fields, which sanctions and deteriorating security have rendered useless. (About a year ago, Croatia instructed all of its businesses to withdraw from Syria, an act that left INA, the national oil company, operating at a loss of “hundreds of millions of euros.”)  A pro-EU Balkan state not yet subject to EU jurisdiction would also have a nice geopolitical motive to help undermine a proxy of Russia.

But even assuming that Zagreb isn’t directly or indirectly supplying these arms to Syria, might a hitherto unknown arms dealer – Croatian or otherwise, state or non-state – now be working directly with a regional intermediary who is supplying them? If so, how is it that this arms dealer has managed to negotiate relatively smooth supply routes through both Jordan and Turkey?

One plausible scenario would be that these weapons were all coming from Libya, which was one of the initial arms-runners to the Syrian opposition. The former Yugoslavia, which manufactured the M60 and M79, formerly enjoyed warm ties with Muammar Qaddafi, as did Croatia prior to the Libyan revolt and subsequent NATO intervention (former Croatian President Stipe Mesić seemed to want those ties to continue regardless).

So it is possible that the M60s, M79s, RPG-22s and RBG-6s were all sold to Libya a long time ago and were only just emptied from warehouses by the National Transition Council for urgent use in another country – although this then raises the question of why it took the new Libyan government a year to send the heavy-duty materiel to the Syrians when it previously trafficked in only light arms and ammunition. Nor does this explain why the NTC suddenly decided to empower the moderates over the jihadists in a highly organized fashion that, superficially, accords with Western preconditions for supporting the armed opposition.

Over the course of the last few days, I’ve tried repeatedly, by phone and email, to query both the press officer and military advisor at the Croatian mission in New York to see if they might account for the provenance of four weapon models that, taken together, are exclusive to their country’s arsenal. I received no reply.

One Washington-based source close to the Syrian rebels suggested that Croatia “might be involved” but thought the Libya clearinghouse theory was more persuasive, particularly as new stockpiles of Libyan weapons have been appearing and disappearing from Mali. That said, the source believes that classroom training seminars bespeak “total formalization,” and because “the people getting these weapons are not Salafis or Nusra, that suggests a Western power” orchestrating or overseeing the entire effort.

In its reports on the EU arms embargo renewal, the Washington Post cited diplomats in Brussels and London who alleged that Whitehall was indeed intent on arming vetted and responsible rebels. While British Foreign Secretary William Hague denied such claims, saying his government merely wanted to “give assistance and advice that we’d been restricted in giving before,” he nevertheless left the door open a crack for further action. “We would have gone further,” Hague said.

From the looks of it, someone already has.

Global Research, February 21, 2013

Sixteen Civilians Martyred, 208 Others Injured so far in Terrorist Bombing in al-Thawra Street in Damascus

Feb 21, 2013

 

DAMASCUS,(SANA)- Over 16 civilians were martyred and 208 others were injured so far in a terrorist bombing which took place on Thursday morning in al-Thawra Street in the surrounding of al-Mazraa neighborhood in Damascus.

SANA reporter said that the bombing, which took place in a densely populated area near a crossroad of main streets, killed and injured a large number of civilians, including children.

He added that huge material damage was caused to the houses of citizens in the area surrounding the bombing in addition to a huge fire in a large number of cars, noting that the victims are mostly passersby, school students and people driving their cars.

SANA reporter pointed out that the blast also caused huge damage to al-Hayat Hospital and Abdullah Bin al-Zubir school in the area as well as to the minibuses in a bus station nearby.

Sources at the Red Crescent and Damascus Hospitals said the bodies of tens of martyrs and injured people were admitted to the hospitals.

Car Loaded with Explosives Seized in the Bombing Site

In the same context, SANA reporter mentioned that the authorities seized a car loaded with cylinder-shaped bath water heaters filled with explosives in the site of the bombing in al-Thawra Street.

The suicide terrorist who was driving the car was arrested, the reporter noted.

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“There is no tomorrow” under a NATO sponsored Al Qaeda rebellion. 

While a  “pro-democracy” rebel government has been instated, the country has been destroyed.

Against the backdrop of war propaganda, Libya’s economic and social achievements over the last thirty years, have been brutally reversed: 

The [Libyan Arab Jamahiriya] has had a high standard of living and a robust per capita daily caloric intake of 3144. The country has made strides in public health and, since 1980, child mortality rates have dropped from 70 per thousand live births to 19 in 2009. Life expectancy has risen from 61 to 74 years of age during the same span of years. (FAO, Rome, Libya, Country Profile,)

According to sectors of the “Progressive Left” which have endorsed NATO’s R2P mandate:  “The mood across Libya, particularly in Tripoli, is absolutely —like there’s just a feeling of euphoria everywhere. People are incredibly excited about starting afresh. There’s a real sense of rebirth, a feeling that their lives are starting anew. (DemocracyNow.org, September 14, 2011 emphasis added)

The rebels are casually presented as “liberators”. The central role of Al Qaeda affilated terrorists within rebel ranks is not mentioned.

“Starting afresh” in the wake of destruction? Fear and Social Despair, Countless Deaths and Atrocities, amply documented by the independent media.  

No euphoria…. A historical reversal in the country’s economic and social development has occurred. The achievements have been erased.

The NATO invasion and occupation marks the ruinous “rebirth” of Libya’s standard of living  That is the forbidden and unspoken truth:  an entire Nation has been destabilized and destroyed, its people driven into abysmal poverty.  

The objective of the NATO bombings from the outset was to destroy the country’s standard of living, its health infrastructure, its schools and hospitals, its water distribution system.

And then “rebuild” with the help of donors and creditors under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank.

The diktats of the “free market” are a precondition for the instatement of  a Western style “democratic dictatorship “. 

About nine thousand strike sorties, tens of thousands of strikes on civilian targets including residential areas, government buildings, water supply and electricity generation facilities. (See NATO Communique, September 5, 2011. 8140 strike sorties from March 31 to September 5, 2011)

An entire nation has been bombed with the most advanced ordnance, including uranium coated ammunition.

Already in August, UNICEF warned that extensive NATO bombing of Libya’s water infrastructure “could turn into an unprecedented health epidemic “ (Christian Balslev-Olesen of UNICEF’s Libya Office, August 2011).

Meanwhile investors and donors have positioned themselves. “War is Good for Business’. NATO, the Pentagon and the Washington based international financial institutions (IFIs) operate in close coordination. What has been destroyed by NATO will be rebuilt, financed by Libya’s external creditors under the helm of the “Washington Consensus”:

“Specifically, the [World] Bank has been asked to examine the need for repair and restoration of services in the water, energy and transport sectors [bombed by NATO] and, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, to support budget preparation [austerity measures] and help the banking sector back on to its feet [The Libyan Central bank was one of the first government buildings to be bombed]. Employment generation for young Libyans has been added as an urgent need facing the country.” (World Bank to Help Libya Rebuild and Deliver Essential Services to Citizens emphasis added)

Libya’s Development Achievements

Whatever one’s views regarding Moamar Gadaffi, the post-colonial Libyan government played a key role in eliminating poverty and developing the country’s health and educational infrastructure. According to Italian Journalist Yvonne de Vito, “Differently from other countries that went through a revolution – Libya is considered to be the Switzerland of the African continent and is very rich and schools are free for the people. Hospitals are free for the people. And the conditions for women are much better than in other Arab countries.” (Russia Today, August 25, 2011)

These developments are in sharp contrast to what most Third World countries were able to “achieve” under Western style “democracy” and “governance” in the context of a standard IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment program (SAP).

Public Health Care

Public Health Care in Libya prior to NATO’s “Humanitarian Intervention” was the best in Africa. “Health care is [was] available to all citizens free of charge by the public sector. The country boasts the highest literacy and educational enrolment rates in North Africa. The Government is [was] substantially increasing the development budget for health services…. (WHO Libya Country Brief )

Confirmed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), undernourishment was less than 5 %, with a daily per capita calorie intake of 3144 calories. (FAO caloric intake figures indicate availability rather than consumption).

The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya provided to its citizens what is denied to many Americans: Free public health care, free education, as confirmed by WHO and UNESCO data.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO): Life expectancy at birth was 72.3 years (2009), among the highest in the developing World.

Under 5 mortality rate per 1000 live births declined from 71 in 1991 to 14 in 2009 
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http://www.who.int/countryfocus/cooperation_strategy/ccsbrief_lby_en.pdf
 

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya General information

  2009

 

Total population (000)

 

6 420

Annual population growth rate (%) ^

 

2.0

Population 0-14 years (%)

 

28

Rural population (%) ^

 

22

Total fertility rate (births per woman) ^

 

2.6

Infant mortality rate (0/00) ^

 

17

Life expectancy at birth (years) ^

 

75

GDP per capita (PPP) US$  ^

 

16 502

GDP growth rate (%) ^

 

2.1

Total debt service as a % of GNI ^

 

Children of primary school-age who are out of school  (%)

 (1978)

2

Source: UNESCO. Libya Country Profile


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (2009)

Total life expectancy at birth (years)                  72.3
Male life expectancy at birth (years)                  70.2
Female life expectancy at birth (years)               74.9
Newborns with low birth weight (%)                  4.0
Children underweight (%)                                  4.8
Perinatal mortality rate per 1000 total births      19
Neonatal mortality rate                                     11.0
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births)         14.0
Under five mortality rate (per 1000 live births)  20.1
Maternal mortality ratio (per 10000 live births)  23

Source WHO http://www.emro.who.int/emrinfo/index.aspx?Ctry=liy  

Education

The adult literacy rate was of the order of 89%, (2009), (94% for males and 83% for females). 99.9% of youth are literate (UNESCO 2009 figures, See UNESCO, Libya Country Report)

Gross primary school enrolment ratio was 97% for boys and 97% for girls (2009) .
(see UNESCO tables at http://stats.uis.unesco.org/unesco/TableViewer/document.aspx?ReportId=121&IF_Language=eng&BR_Country=4340&BR_Region=40525

The pupil teacher ratio in Libya’s primary schools was of the order of 17 (1983 UNESCO data), 74% of school children graduating from primary school were enrolled in secondary school (1983 UNESCO  data).

Based on more recent date, which confirms a marked increase in school enrolment, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in secondary schools was of the order of 108% in 2002. The GER is the number of pupils enrolled in a given level of education regardless of age expressed as a percentage of the population in the theoretical age group for that level of education.

For tertiary enrolment (postsecondary, college and university), the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) was of the order of 54% in 2002 (52 for males, 57 for females).
(For further details see
http://stats.uis.unesco.org/unesco/TableViewer/document.aspx?ReportId=121&IF_Language=eng&BR_Country=4340&BR_Region=40525

Women’s Rights

With regard to Women’s Rights, World Bank data point to significant achievements.

“In a relative short period of time, Libya achieved universal access for primary education, with 98% gross enrollment for secondary, and 46% for tertiary education. In the past decade, girls’ enrollment increased by 12% in all levels of education. In secondary and tertiary education, girls outnumbered boys by 10%.” (World Bank Libya Country Brief, emphasis added)

Price Controls over Essential Food Staples

In most developing countries, essential food prices have skyrocketed, as a result of market deregulation, the lifting of price controls and the eliminaiton of subsidies, under “free market” advice from the World Bank and the IMF.

In recent years, essential food and fuel prices have spiralled as a result of speculative trade on the major commodity exchanges.

Libya was one of the few countries in the developing World which maintained a system of price controls over essential food staples.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick acknowledged in an April 2011 statement that the price of essential food staples had increased by 36 percent in the course of the last year. See Robert Zoellick, World Bank 

The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya had established a system of price controls over essential food staples, which was maintained until the onset of the NATO led war.

While rising food prices in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt spearheaded social unrest and political dissent, the system of food subsidies in Libya was maintained. 

These are the facts confirmed by several UN specialised agencies.

“Missile Diplomacy” and “The Free Market”

War and Globalization are intiricately related.  The IMF and NATO work in tandem, in liason with the Washington think tanks.

The NATO operation purports to enforce the neoliberal economic agenda. Countries which are reluctant to accept the sugar coated bullets of IMF “economic medicine” will eventually be the object of a R2P NATO humanitarian operation.

Déjà Vu? Under the British Empire, “gun boat diplomacy” was a means to imposing “free trade”. On October 5, 1850, England’s Envoy to the Kingdom of Siam, Sir James Brooke recommended to Her Majesty’s government that:

“should these just demands [to impose free trade] be refused, a force should be present, immediately to enforce them by the rapid destruction of the defenses of the [Chaopaya] river… Siam may be taught the lesson which it has long been tempting– its Government may be remodelled, A better disposed king placed on the throne and an influence acquired in the country which will make it of immense commercial importance to England” (The Mission of Sir James Brooke, quoted in M.L. Manich Jumsai, King Mongkut and Sir John Bowring, Chalermit, Bangkok, 1970, p. 23)

Today we call it “Regime Change” and “Missile Diplomacy” which invariably takes the shape of a UN sponsored “No Fly Zone”. Its objective is to impose the IMF’s deadly “economic medicine” of austerity measures and privatization.  

The World Bank financed “reconstruction” programs of war torn countries are coordinated with US-NATO military planning. They are invariably formulated prior to onslaught of the military campaign…

Confiscating Libyan Financial Assets

Libya`s frozen overseas financial assets are estimated to be of the order of $150 billion, with NATO countries holding more than $100 billion. 

Prior to the war, Libya had no debts. In fact quite the opposite. It was a creditor nation investing in neighboring African countries.

The R2P military intervention is intended to spearhead the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya into the straightjacket of an indebted developing country, under the surveillance of the Washington based Bretton Woods institutions.  

In a bitter irony, after having stolen Libya’s oil wealth and confiscated its overseas financial assets, the “donor community” has pledged to lend the (stolen) money back to finance Libya’s post-war “reconstruction”.   Libya is slated to join the ranks of indebted African countries which have driven into poverty by IMF and the World Bank since the onsalught of the debt crisis in the early 1980s:

The IMF promised a further $35-billion in funding [loans] to countries affected by Arab Spring uprisings and formally recognized Libya’s ruling interim council as a legitimate power, opening up access to a myriad of international lenders as the country [Libya] looks to rebuild after a six-month war.  …

Getting IMF recognition is significant for Libya’s interim leaders as it means international development banks and donors such as the World Bank can now offer financing.

The Marseille talks came a few days after world leaders agreed in Paris to free up billions of dollars in frozen assets [stolen money] to help [through loans] Libya’s interim rulers restore vital services and rebuild after a conflict that ended a 42-year dictatorship.

The financing deal by the Group of Seven major economies plus Russia is aimed at supporting reform efforts [IMF sponsored structural adjustment] in the wake of uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.

The financing is mostly in the form of loans, rather than outright grants, and is provided half by G8 and Arab countries and half by various lenders and development banks. (Financial Post, September 10, 2011,

The Yinon Plan: Order from Chaos…

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Politics
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The Yinon Plan, which is a continuation of British stratagem in the Middle East, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

Israeli strategists viewed Iraq as their biggest strategic challenge from an Arab state. This is why Iraq was outlined as the centerpiece to the balkanization of the Middle East and the Arab World. In Iraq, on the basis of the concepts of the Yinon Plan, Israeli strategists have called for the division of Iraq into a Kurdish state and two Arab states, one for Shiite Muslims and the other for Sunni Muslims. The first step towards establishing this was a war between Iraq and Iran, which the Yinon Plan discusses.

 

The above map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006, Peters is a retired colonel of the U.S. National War Academy.

Map Copyright Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters 2006.

The Atlantic, in 2008, and the U.S. military’s Armed Forces Journal, in 2006, both published widely circulated maps that closely followed the outline of the Yinon Plan. Aside from a divided Iraq, which the Biden Plan also calls for, the Yinon Plan calls for a divided Lebanon, Egypt, and Syria. The partitioning of Iran, Turkey, Somalia, and Pakistan also all fall into line with these views. The Yinon Plan also calls for dissolution in North Africa and forecasts it as starting from Egypt and then spilling over into Sudan, Libya, and the rest of the region.

Securing the Realm: At about the Year 2000 the work would start…

Although tweaked, the Yinon Plan is in motion and coming to life under the “Clean Break.” This is through a policy document written in 1996 by Richard Perle and the Study Group on “A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000” for Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel at the time. Perle was a former Pentagon under-secretary for Roland Reagan at the time and later a U.S. military advisor to George W. Bush Jr. and the White House. Aside from Perle, the rest of the members of the Study Group on “A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000” consisted of James Colbert (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), Charles Fairbanks Jr. (Johns Hopkins University), Douglas Feith (Feith and Zell Associates), Robert Loewenberg (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies), Jonathan Torop (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy), David Wurmser (Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies), and Meyrav Wurmser (Johns Hopkins University). “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” is the full name of this 1996 Israel policy paper.

In many senses the U.S. is executing the objectives outlined in Tel Aviv’s 1996 policy paper to secure the “realm.” Moreover, the term “realm” implies the strategic mentality of the authors. A realm refers to either the territory ruled by a monarch or the territories that fall under a monarch’s reign, but are not physically under their control and have vassals running them. In this context, the word realm is being used to denote the Middle East as the kingdom of Tel Aviv. The fact that Perle, someone who has essentially been a career Pentagon official, helped author the Israeli paper also makes one ask if the conceptualized sovereign of the realm is either Israel, the United States, or both?

Securing the Realm: The Israeli Blueprints to Destabilize Damascus

The 1996 Israeli document calls for “rolling back Syria” sometime around the year 2000 or afterward by pushing the Syrians out of Lebanon and destabilizing the Syrian Arab Republic with the help of Jordan and Turkey. This has respectively taken place in 2005 and 2011. The 1996 document states: “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.” [1]

As a first step towards creating an Israeli-dominated “New Middle East” and encircling Syria, the 1996 document calls for removing President Saddam Hussein from power in Baghdad and even alludes to the balkanization of Iraq and forging a strategic regional alliance against Damascus that includes a Sunni Muslim “Central Iraq.” The authors write: “But Syria enters this conflict with potential weaknesses: Damascus is too preoccupied with dealing with the threatened new regional equation to permit distractions of the Lebanese flank. And Damascus fears that the ’natural axis’ with Israel on one side, central Iraq and Turkey on the other, and Jordan, in the center would squeeze and detach Syria from the Saudi Peninsula. For Syria, this could be the prelude to a redrawing of the map of the Middle East which would threaten Syria’s territorial integrity.” [2]

Perle and the Study Group on “A New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000” also call for driving the Syrians out of Lebanon and destabilizing Syria by using Lebanese opposition figures. The document states: “[Israel must divert] Syria’s attention by using Lebanese opposition elements to destabilize Syrian control of Lebanon.” [3]

This is what would happen in 2005 after the Hariri Assassination that helped launch the so-called “Cedar Revolution” and create the vehemently anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance controlled by the corrupt Said Hariri. The document also calls for Tel Aviv to “take [the] opportunity to remind the world of the nature of the Syrian regime.” [4]

This clearly falls into the Israeli strategy of demonizing its opponents through using public relations (PR) campaigns. In 2009, Israeli news media openly admitted that Tel Aviv through its embassies and diplomatic missions had launched a global campaign to discredit the Iranian presidential elections before they even took place through a media campaign and organizing protests in front of Iranian embassies. [5]

The document also mentions something that resembles what is currently going on in Syria. It states: “Most important, it is understandable that Israel has an interest in supporting diplomatically, militarily and operationally Turkey’s and Jordan’s actions against Syria, such as securing tribal alliances with Arab tribes that cross into Syrian territory and are hostile to the Syrian ruling elite.” [6] With the 2011 upheaval in Syria, the movement of insurgents and the smuggling of weapons through the Jordanian and Turkish borders has become a major problem for Damascus.

In this context, it is no surprise that Arial Sharon and Israel told Washington to attack Syria, Libya, and Iran after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. [7]

Finally, it is worth knowing that the Israeli document also advocated for pre-emptive war to shape their geo-strategic environment and to carve out the “New Middle East.” [8]

This is a policy that the U.S. would also adopt in 2001.

The Eradication of the Christian Communities of the Middle East

It is no coincidence that Egyptian Christians were attacked at the same time as the South Sudan Referendum and before the crisis in Libya. Nor is it a coincidence that Iraqi Christians, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, have been forced into exile, leaving their ancestral homelands in Iraq. Coinciding with the exodus of Iraqi Christians, which occurred under the watchful eyes of U.S. and British military forces, the neighborhoods in Baghdad became sectarian as Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims were forced by violence and death squads to form sectarian enclaves. This is all tied to the Yinon Plan and the reconfiguration of the region as part of a broader objective.

In Iran, the Israelis have been trying in vain to get the Iranian Jewish community to leave. Iran’s Jewish population is actually the second largest in the Middle East and arguably the oldest undisturbed Jewish community in the world. Iranian Jews view themselves as Iranians who are tied to Iran as their homeland, just like Muslim and Christian Iranians, and for them the concept that they need to relocate to Israel because they are Jewish is ridiculous.

In Lebanon, Israel has been working to exacerbate sectarian tensions between the various Christian and Muslim factions as well as the Druze. Lebanon is a springboard into Syria and the division of Lebanon into several states is also seen as a means for balkanizing Syria into several smaller sectarian Arab states. The objectives of the Yinon Plan are to divide Lebanon and Syria into several states on the basis of religious and sectarian identities for Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Christians, and the Druze. There could also be objectives for a Christian exodus in Syria too.

The new head of the Maronite Catholic Syriac Church of Antioch, the largest of the autonomous Eastern Catholic Churches, has expressed his fears about a purging of Arab Christians in the Levant and Middle East. Patriarch Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Rahi and many other Christian leaders in Lebanon and Syria are afraid of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Syria. Like Iraq, mysterious groups are now attacking the Christian communities in Syria. The leaders of the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church, including the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, have also all publicly expressed their grave concerns. Aside from the Christian Arabs, these fears are also shared by the Assyrian and Armenian communities, which are mostly Christian. [9]

Sheikh Al-Rahi was recently in Paris where he met President Nicolas Sarkozy. It is reported that the Maronite Patriarch and Sarkozy had disagreements about Syria, which prompted Sarkozy to say that the Syrian regime will collapse. Patriarch Al-Rahi’s position was that Syria should be left alone and allowed to reform. The Maronite Patriarch also told Sarkozy that Israel needed to be dealt with as a threat if France legitimately wanted Hezbollah to disarm.

Because of his position in France, Al-Rahi was instantly thanked by the Christian and Muslim religious leaders of the Syrian Arab Republic who visited him in Lebanon. Hezbollah and its political allies in Lebanon, which includes most the Christian parliamentarians in the Lebanese Parliament, also lauded the Maronite Patriarch who later went on a tour to South Lebanon.

Sheikh Al-Rahi is now being politically attacked by the Hariri-led March 14 Alliance, because of his stance on Hezbollah and his refusal to support the toppling of the Syrian regime. A conference of Christian figures is actually being planned by Hariri to oppose Patriarch Al-Rahi and the stance of the Maronite Church. Since Al-Rahi announced his position, the Tahrir Party, which is active in both Lebanon and Syria, has also started targeting him with criticism. It has also been reported that high-ranking U.S. officials have also cancelled their meetings with the Maronite Patriarch as a sign of their displeasure about his positions on Hezbollah and Syria.

The Hariri-led March 14 Alliance in Lebanon, which has always been a popular minority (even when it was a parliamentary majority), has been working hand-in-hand with the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the groups using violence and terrorism in Syria. The Muslim Brotherhood and other so-called Salafist groups from Syria have been coordinating and holding secret talks with Hariri and the Christian political parties in the March 14 Alliance. This is why Hariri and his allies have turned on Cardinal Al-Rahi. It was also Hariri and the March 14 Alliance that brought Fatah Al-Islam into Lebanon and have now helped some of its members escape to go and fight in Syria.

There are unknown snippers who are targeting Syrian civilians and the Syrian Army with a view of causing chaos and internal fighting. The Christian communities in Syria are also being targeted by unknown groups. It is very likely that the attackers are a coalition of U.S., French, Jordanian, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, and Khalij (Gulf) Arab forces working some Syrians on the inside.

A Christian exodus is being planned for the Middle East by Washington, Tel Aviv, and Brussels. It has been reported that Sheikh Al-Rahi was told in Paris by President Nicolas Sarkozy that the Christian communities of the Levant and Middle East can resettle in the European Union. This is no gracious offer. It is a slap in the face by the same powers that have deliberately created the conditions to eradicate the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East. The aim appears to be either the resettling of the Christian communities outside of the region or demarcate them in enclaves. Both could be objectives. This is meant to delineate the Arab nations along the lines of being exclusively Muslim nations and falls into accordance with the Yinon Plan.

Re-Dividing Africa: The Yinon Plan is very Much Alive and at Work…

In regards to Africa, Tel Aviv sees securing Africa as part of its broader periphery. This broader or so-called “new periphery” became a basis of geo-strategy for Tel Aviv after 1979 when the “old periphery” against the Arabs that included Iran, which was one of Israel’s closest allies during the Pahlavi period, buckled and collapsed with the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In this context, Israel’s “new periphery” was conceptualized with the inclusion of countries like Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya against the Arab states and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is why Israel has been so deeply involved in the balkanization of Sudan. [10]

In the same context as the sectarian divisions in the Middle East, the Israelis have outlined plans to reconfigure Africa. The Yinon Plan seeks to delineate Africa on the basis of three facets:
(1) ethno-linguistics;
(2) skin-colour;
(3) religion.
To secure the realm, it also so happens that the the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS), the Israeli think-tank that included Perle, also pushed for the creating of the Pentagon’s U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

An attempt to separate the merging point of an Arab and African identity is underway. It seeks to draw dividing lines in Africa between a so-called “Black Africa” and a supposedly “non-Black” North Africa. This is part of a scheme to create a schism in Africa between what are assumed to be “Arabs” and so-called “Blacks.”

This objective is why the ridiculous identity of an “African South Sudan” and an “Arab North Sudan” have been nurtured and promoted. This is also why black-skinned Libyans have been targeted in a campaign to “colour cleanse” Libya. The Arab identity in North Africa is being de-linked from its African identity. Simultaneously there is an attempt to eradicate the large populations of “black-skinned Arabs” so that there is a clear delineation between “Black Africa” and a new “non-Black” North Africa, which will be turned into a fighting ground between the remaining “non-Black” Berbers and Arabs.

In the same context, tensions are being fomented between Muslims and Christians in Africa, in such places as Sudan and Nigeria, to further create lines and fracture points. The fuelling of these divisions on the basis of skin-colour, religion, ethnicity, and language is intended to fuel disassociation and disunity in Africa. This is all part of a broader African strategy of cutting North Africa off from the rest of the African continent.

Preparing the Chessboard for the “Clash of Civilizations”

It is at this point that all the pieces have to be put together and the dots have to be connected. The chessboard is being staged for a “Clash of Civilizations” and all the chess pieces are being put into place. The Arab World is in the process of being cordoned off and sharp delineation lines are being created. These lines of delineation are replacing the seamless lines of transition between different ethno-linguistic, skin-colour, and religious groups.

Under this scheme, there can no longer be a melding transition between societies and countries. This is why the Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, such as the Copts, are being targeted. This is also why black-skinned Arabs and black-skinned Berbers, as well as other North African population groups which are black-skinned, are facing genocide in North Africa.

After Iraq an Egypt, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Syrian Arab Republic are both important points of regional destabilization in North Africa and Southeast Asia respectively. What happens in Libya will have rippling effects on Africa, as what happens in Syria will have rippling effects on Southeast Asia and beyond. Both Iraq and Egypt, in connection with what the Yinon Plan states, have acted as primers for the destabilization of both these Arab states.

What is being staged is the creation of an exclusively “Muslim Middle East” area (excluding Israel) that will be in turmoil over Shiite-Sunni fighting. A similar scenario is being staged for a “non-Black North Africa” area which will be characterized by a confrontation between Arabs and Berber. At the same time, under the “Clash of Civilizations” model, the Middle East and North Africa are slated to simultaneously be in conflict with the so-called “West” and “Black Africa.”

 

“Free” Syrian Army elements.

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Politics

A telling example of terrorist crimes was the shelling of a quarter in Homs on January 11 which killed eight local residents. Giles Jacquier, a reporter with France-2 TV, became one more victim of the attack. We spoke with Jacquier shortly before his tragic death and he was convinced that people’s protests were suppressed by the authoritarian regime in Syria. He was looking for the opposition everywhere trying to make a report. On failing to find it in Damascus he moved with a group of Dutch and Swiss colleagues to Homs. But in Homs he also met people who were supporting Bashar Assad and demanding to protect them from terrorists. A group of local residents and Giles Jacquier who happened to be near came under a grenade thrower fire, which was a common thing in that district. Commenting the tragic death of the French reporter Mother Agnes Mariam, who is the prior of the St James Catholic Cathedral in Damascus, said that there is no protesting opposition in Syria but only bandits who are killing people.

Many people we contacted in Syria including independent foreign reporters told us about the information war against Syria. According to them, Qatari channel Al Jazeera, for example, in order to broadcast a report on mass anti-governmental rallies in Syria made a fake footage with the help of computer editing using dozens of atmosphere players and decoration of Syrian streets, a kind of “Hollywood village”.

As for the Syrian opposition abroad, its political part is represented by the Syrian National council with the headquarters in Istanbul. It is headed by Burhan Ghalioun, a Syrian-French political scientist at the Sorbonne University in Paris. It is quite a heterogeneous formation which comprises groups with different goals. They represent the Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunnite organizations, Kurdish separatists, Liberal-Democratic dissidents who usually reside in Europe and in the US.

 

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, chief of ’Al-Qaeda in Libya’ and commander of the “Free” Syrian Army.

The armed opposition which conducted terrorist attacks in Syria is represented by a number of groups from a military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Libyan radical Islamists and Al Qaeda. According to the information we receive from our Syrian colleagues there are training camps for insurgents in Lebanon and Turkey. The officers of security services of NATO, Turkey and some Arab states are in charge for the training and armament of the insurgents, while the monarchies of the Persian Gulf provide the financing.

The future development of the situation in Syria depends in many ways on the ability of the ruling regime to consolidate public forces and conduct the announced reforms. Other priorities are the liquidation of terrorist groups and stabilization of the domestic situation. In its turn this issue is directly linked to the development of the global policies and will depend on the activities of the leading countries of NATO, Turkey, the Arab League (which sent its monitors to Syria) Russia and China.

As for Russia, it firmly declares that repetition of the “Libyan scenario” in Syria is inadmissible.

Shocking Facts Exposed… A Syrian Infiltrator Behind Enemy’s Lines

The following is a rough report by a Syrian young man who made the dangerous visit to Turkey for a month and came back to his city Idleb  vowing to defend it against the coming Islamist (not Islamic) Wahhabi Jihadists after discovering the below very disturbing facts which we present un-edited except for a touch up and the indicative images.

A- Turkish Economy and the financial state of Syrians.

The Turkish economy is moving more and more into a Capitalism and Corporations-based economy. All the Turkish industries are monopolized by certain companies; for example there is only one gas company and two mineral water companies. As a price for the well organized streets, the beautiful parks, the easy transportation  the nice police cars, and the magnificent governmental buildings, the Turkish people has to pay huge taxes all day.
Whatever medicine you need, even Panadol (pain killer tablets) I think, you have to get a prescription from a hospital who will charge you with 150 T.L that’s about 100$!!! Heating in Turkey is based on coal; no one can offer to get a diesel heater. 1 liter of diesel is 4.5 T.L that is 200 S.P!!! (we used to buy diesel for 20 S.P before the unrest.)

It would be a logical question to ask how the Syrians afford to live there!! Actually, those I met are mostly rich people with a 4000 T.L monthly spending “some Turkish people live on 1500 T.L in a month!” the Syrians I met are managing to live there without being in need for the Turks whatsoever. The only problem with these Syrians is that they are all traitors or traitors’ supporters.

B- Turkish Demography.

I’ll only talk about two parts that I lived in. I lived in Adana in a Kurdish area. This area is located in the old part of the city, neglected by the government, village-like streets, old houses, poor people, undrinkable tap water, and all the humiliating methods are adopted in that area. The Kurds are on their ongoing revolution; everyday they would go on their marches and be attacked by the brutal Turkish police, although they are completely peaceful!!

Coming to the second section which is the Alawite one, these people are now being under huge pressure and growing oppression thanks for the Syrian Revolution and the sectarian Turkish media. Turkish people are starting to hate the Turkish Alawites just because of their sects, sometimes they are deprived of job opportunities just because of their background!! The Syrians there are telling lies about the Alawite beliefs in Syria and some blind Turks are taking these stories as granted and start questioning the Alawites there about this and that… I, personally, think that this is not done by coincidence, but rather this is fueled by the sectarian government of Turkey. The Turkish people are not sectarian; they are fanatic to their own Turkish nationality, just as we the Arabs are, but now the Turkish government is doing its best to implant this hatred towards Alawites.

C- NATO

When I was in Adana I went to its university which is 5km away from Engerlik NATO base. I could see it from a very far distance: there was a lake separating the base from the city and you have to cross a guarded bridge to get to the other side… snipers are located all around the base with the permission to shoot anyone who get closer than 500m to the base!!!

The Turkish people’s stance of NATO presence in Turkey differs according to their political stance. Some are unaware of the danger and the meaning of the existence of that base in Turkey, these people are mostly those who don’t care about politics and who care only about their everyday problems.

Others are against its presence and are aware that this base is an authorized occupation of Turkey, these people are totally against Erdoğan and all of his policies (political, social, economical…) The third section, which is the largest, represents those who support Erdoğan and justify the base and all of Turkey’s relations with Israel and FUKUS as a result of the secular army. They always say that it’s not Erdoğan who agreed to install this base, but rather that he was forced to accept it after military pressure; they also say that a lot of Turkish military officers are Zionists and Masons!!! To cut it short, they believe that false play of military-government struggle.

D- Turkey and Syria.

Of course I cannot say that I could analyze everything is one month, but I’m just writing about what I’ve seen and about what I’ve heard.

Turkish people love Syria and the Syrians. I know it’s hard to believe this, and I personally did not believe this before I went there, but they do. The difference is in the vision of the future Syria! Of course the difference is totally based upon the political stance and therefore you’ll sense a clear cut in the Turks’ view of the Syrian crisis.

– Lots and lots of Turks are brainwashed by the mainstream media and believe that our army is killing us, support FSA not with money or fighters – and you’ll come to understand how- but they believe that the FSA is a real good patriotic army!! This is also believed by of different groups… some of them took this stance because of what their media and government tell them, others because of humanitarian causes, and the largest group is made of those who are part of the conspiracy against Syria and who are sectarian people called ‘Nurjian’ (I’ll talk about this group in detail in the coming parts).

– Some Turks are in favor of the Syrian Arab Army and Bashar Alassad. These people are not a small section but they are not allowed to say what they have to say, they are oppressed. This section is mostly made from those who are totally against Erdoğan and believe that Erdoğan (and I quote the exact words of a Turkish man) “had turned Turkey into USA’s bitch” they are against the Islamist orientation of the Turkish government. This pro-Syria section believes that Syria is the last frontier against Israel and the NWO 
(New World Order)

– Many and many more of Turks just don’t care about who wins the war, but they say that we love Syria and wish Syria and Syrians the best and that Turkey must not middle meddle in Syria and the Syrians. This group contains some supporters of Erdoğan, some of those against him, and those who don’t care about politics.

Where Syria is going?!

– Part of a new Ottoman Empire!

Islamist Caliph Erdogan

In Turkey there is an Islamist movement called the “Nurjia” it follows the teachings and writings if Badei’alzaman Saeed AlNursi. I have to go a little bit in the details of this group and its history so that you understand their perspectives.

This Saeed AlNursi lived in the 1920s, during the times of moving from the Ottoman Islamic Empire to the Turkish Secular Republic. He opposed Mustafa Kamal Ataturk’s secular view and was exiled to Anatolia where he wrote his books which, allegedly, are about religion. Actually, I’ve read some of his writings and it is clear that he is calling for the restoration of the Empire… the Nurjians today teach his books as religious ones but actually it’s nothing more than a cover to brainwash the students with the Ottomanist views. In every city they have many schools which are boarding schools, i.e. with no T.Vs, or internet. Students are being brainwashed all the time in a very sickening manner. These people are in complete power of everything in Turkey; even Erdoğan consults their head consulter. I spent few days with the head of a district (which I cannot name it for my own safety and to keep my identity concealed) and what I’ll write what this man told me (who once refused to meet Erdoğan because he was busy!!)

“Once you get rid of this ‘kafer’ sacrilegious regime there will be no need for the borders separating Syria from Turkey, we would become one united state. Lebanon will feel insecure and threatened if they don’t join this state. After that the now ongoing deliberation with Egypt will have reached its resolutions so that Egypt would join this new state and it’ll be called “the United Islamist States”. As you know Syria after the war like Egypt will be weak and it needs a strong country like Turkey to be allied with; and because countries after dictatorships and wars are usually politically infertile, the leader of this new state would be Erdoğan and a ‘Walli’ (governor) would be appointed in each part of this state. Maybe, after this state moves into its perfect state, elections would be held to appoint a new leader.” And the capital of this state would be Cairo, Damascus, or Istanbul?? I asked. “Of course it must be Istanbul, you remember that the last capital of Islamic caliphate was Istanbul, and Istanbul is already the center of the Middle East.” I told him that this is a real pleasure for me to hear this –I couldn’t express my pro-Syria attitude there for fear of being killed, and I liked the information I was getting because of this fake personality I took, I felt like a real spy- but I don’t think that the Syrians would accept this great Islamist spring. “Who said that? Most of the Syrian Imams and educated elites are in favor of this state and of course Imams are the leaders of any community. You’ll meet these honorable men”
In a few days I was fortuned to meet these “Honorable men.” Doctors, architects, teachers, merchants, industrialists and most importantly Imams were present there. These men are from Aleppo, Aleppo rural, Idleb, Kifrenbel, Haas, Homs, Rastan, Kurds Mountains – Latakia rural and all the shitty sectarian places you may think about. With the fake anti-Assad identity, I was a real spy in this wasp nest. After lunch, a sermon was delivered by a Turkish Imam and translated into Arabic by a Syrian. After this, the Syrian Imams started to give their speeches… I could understand that the war in Syria is between Kafers and Muslims, that in Syria you cannot pray in a mosque more than the five prayers, the two stars in the Syrian flag are a symbol of the ruling “family” and the oppressed people, and that Syrians in the “freed” areas totally agree about this “great Islamic flowery state that would remove Kafers in the Arab world and Iran along with Israel once it’s established!!” after that they started to make Duaa’ to win this Jihad, asked Allah to give faith and support for the Mujahideen in Bilad Alsham, and to help them establish this new Islamic cornerstone to conquer the world!!

– A new Afghanistan with sectarian beliefs and plans.

I got a contact with some guys from Aleppo and Idleb rurals. They gave me a full account of where Syria is going once they take control; of course they believed that I’m with them, otherwise I’d be killed by now. When FSA invaded Aleppo rural they started to steal and vandalize the farms owned by Aleppo’s wealthy families. These guys used to travel into Syria when FSA gets in a new area, steal whatever they want and sell it in Turkey. When I asked them is this Halal (religiously approved) they screamed yes sure, our Imams in Jabhat AlNusra said that it’s OK to take whatever we want from these Shabiha’s houses because their money is ours and they stole it from our pockets!! I told them but this money should be divided among all the Syrians not only those who lay hands on these houses! They said that after the revolution victory rights would be given to its rightful owners.

In one of our conversation I intentionally mentioned Nubol and Alzahra’ (two villages in Aleppo rural with Shiaa in them, FSA couldn’t invade them but they are besieging these two villages) they told me that no food, water or any supplies are allowed into these two villages “we are strangling them” I told them that I’m happy about depriving the Syrian Arab Army (Assad gangs I said of course) of supplies, but that I’m sad for the civilians there… These guys told me: “are you crazy! Or you city city guys are so naive!! These two villages are Shia’ like Foua’ in your Idleb and they deserve it more than the Army, we are not aiming against the army by this siege, but also against these pigs sons living there. Our imams are now confused what to do with these people when we get into their villages; some say –and I’m in favor of this opinion- kill them all, kill the children before the men because the children will grow up with this Kafer seed in their hearts, so better get rid of them now than being a trouble in the future. Other imams are too kind they say that we kill only those who help the army and we send the rest into exile.” And where this exile should be? I asked. “in hell, why asking me!! They can go to hell or drown themselves in the sea, they can go to their head pig in Iran, but new Syria doesn’t need such people in it. Do you want them to stay?” I couldn’t hold myself from saying “yes of course, they are Syrians after all” and he gave me that disgusted look.

I won’t go into detail about the rest of the Syrian religious and ethnic groups, but I’ll just write what they have prepared for them. Armenians have to go back to their country in Armenia, why live in our country when they have their own!! Alawites are of different groups; those in the army MUST be killed, the others either go and live in the mountains tops or work as servants in the houses of Imams, and the revolution is too kind because it always offers them the exile option. Druze and Ismailies must convert into Islam (as If they are not) or go out of Syria. Christians: “you see our religion doesn’t tell us to force them into Islam, but they have to live in accordance to our conventions and traditions” what do you mean by this? I asked. “You see our Islam forbids us of seeing a woman’s hair, so they have to put the scarf. And they must pay the Jizyah (Islamic based taxing system.) The last thing they have to adapt with is that they cannot drink alcohol, neither publicly nor privately; not only because it’s Haram but also because it’s harmful; we are doing this for their sake too!!”

Intelligence Failure.

– In this age of hypertechnolgization, I feel that there is something I am missing in the performance of the the Syrian Intelligence. I am no spy, nor I have ever had any formal training, yet I was able, with my modest personal skills, to infiltrate some rebel militia leaders. I can say with confidence that I reached some important info. Syrian intelligence can do much better in its hunt for intel. I even know of cases where intel came to the security forces as easy as an unpaid snitch passing info, but it was not taken seriously. Something needs to be done regarding the intel war, and it needs to be done urgently.

– I came all the way from Turkey, passed by many military checkpoints, and NO ONE examined my luggage!!! I could smuggle 20 Kalashnikovs within my two bags without anyone to ask to check my ID. This is a deadly security failure on the side of our Syrian Army…

What I’ve seen on my way from and back to Syria

– I passed by infantry academy… they are in complete control of it!!! 3000 fighters from Altawheed brigade taking it as their base!! Why don’t the jets burn the hell out of it?? They are only shelling the residential areas… WHY??

– speaking about the rebels unity; FSA is by no way united…I asked this to the car driver on my way back whose cousin is one of the rats, why is only Altawheed brigade is in that base and he told me that he got the control of it after many clashes with the other brigades. And he told me too that once FSA was besieging a military base in Aleppo rural and they needed tanks to get into that base, they asked Altawheed brigades to help them with his tanks -he is the only tanks owner in Aleppo- and he refused to join unless third of the booties but the other groups refused to give more than a quarter and because of this the Syrian Army was able to push them back….They are nothing more than armed gangs….

– With 3 Allah Akbar you can steal any car you want and go to Jabhat AlNusra who will give you papers for this car and you can drive it in the “Freed” areas!!! There is a huge automobile market in Tal Rifat for ‘Allah Akbar’ cars…

– I passed through the industrial area of Aleppo (Shekh Najar); it’s under Jabhat AlNusra control… No one can steal anything from it, otherwise they’ll kill any thief!! BUT, if you pay 500,000 SP you can choose any factory and take EVERYTHINNG in it “Halal-ly”

– When I first got into Syria, I was shocked to find no one of FSA terrorists to check who I am!!! All Mossad and CIA agents could enter Syria within 1 day!!! What shocked me even more was to find 7 trucks of 20 tons loading capacity -140 tons combined- stolen and being sent to Turkey!!! P.S we used to buy 1 K.G bread for 9 SP that is 20 cents!!! Now we are buying it for 100 SP that is 2$!!!