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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Disharmony Within The Takfiri Mafia : Qatar Kicked Out

                Image source:  Press TV News

Inside the Saud dominated Arabian Peninsula, survival is for the fittest.   Observers say it started after Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia .... the sword dance and signing of $110-billion arms deal ... Qatar got a bit jealous and the Qatari ruler blew a raspberry at Riyadh and Washington.   Criticism is one thing that has a severe allergic reaction on the Sauds.   Qatar is banished and stamped a pariah with the accusation of "supporting terrorism" - a vivid portrayal of 'pot calling the kettle black.' According to Palestinian journalist, Abdel Bari Atwan, whose readings are accurate more often than not, this could be a prelude to a military invasion in Qatar.   With 10,000 marines stationed there, Washington is scratching its head.   Looks like the approach of a new era when Wahabis will be going to war with each other.   Infighting, wrangling and cranky shit-fits arising from greed and ambition have long been inherent weaknesses within Takfiris.   Saudi Arabia and UAE are already seriously at odds over Yemen.

Not sure how far this is correct;  Qatar reportedly accused US and KSA of trying to destabilize Iran.   Anger of the House of Saud was already close to boiling point because of the Qatari Emir's support for Palestinian Resistance Movement (Hamas). The comment on Iran made the fury boil over completely.  

The story has yet another aspect.  Ostracizing Qatar seems to have come at a very convenient moment.  Recent terror attacks in London and Manchester were carried out by AlQaeda - Daesh and LIFG, respectively.  Theresa May and her predecessor are silently nursing their guilt (as you sow, so shall you reap).   Trump grabbed the incidents as an excuse to justify and re-implement Muslim travel ban in the US.   It was only the British opposition leader who nailed it with the right reaction.   Quoting Jeremy Corbyn, "We do need to have some difficult conversations starting with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states that have funded and fueled extremist ideology." That must have rattled the Kingdom's fragile ego.   Deciding to be rigidly on the defensive, it hurriedly ganged up with UAE and Bahrain taking some preemptive steps to play the angels of peace and dump the Qataris as the fall guys.

By the way, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have a history of showdowns.  The last one was in 2014, and it started from the early 1900s. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

India seeing itself a 'victim' like Syria: Never heard of a more absurd analogy!

               Image source and interview:  dnaindia

Indian channel WION's real motive for interviewing Bashar al-Assad.

India's WION is comparing AlQaeda's terrorism in Syria with the Kashmiri Movement for Independence in India, censoring every bit of truth that that Kashmiris are indigenous people of Kashmir (not proxies), that Kashmir is an overwhelmingly Muslim majority province, an occupied land, demanding independence for almost 7 decades. Plebeiscite denied. Referendum denied. Not to mention Modi government's (the hindu AlQaeda) deadly religious fanaticism / terror against Muslim and Christian minorities of India.

Aware of Bashar al-Assad's isolation - that a drowning man would clutch at anything for support and survival - WION tries to cash in by coercing the promotion of Syria-India relations. Has India ever been up to anything other than dishonesty, guile and manipulation of the helpless? And now it's also trying to act the victim by placing itself at par with Syria. Moreover, the world knows that India is on the best of terms with the US and all its allies. Shame on the shameless, the greedy!

Everyone knows that one of the chief causes of this war in Syria is expansion of Zionist hegemony.  No secret at all that Israel supports Syria's invaders.  Also no secret how hard Benjamin Netanyahu's Indian counterpart is working to strengthen India's ties with Israel from 2015 until the present.

Quoting Times of Israel:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, sat kiddy-corner in armchairs at this week’s international climate summit near Paris, talking and laughing. “We have the best of relations, and they can be made even better,” Netanyahu told Modi at the meeting. To which Modi responded, “I am happy that often we can talk easily on telephone, we can discuss everything.” 

         Image source:  Times of Israel  (link above)

Also, Israeli Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, was warmly welcomed when he visited India for 'Gujrat global summit' (whatever that was).  Middle-East Eye.

These are just a couple of examples.  Hobnobbing between the 2  terror states continues undiminished.

The world also knows that the wahabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has its own reasons to finish Syria and is just as adamant as Israel.  Last year (2016) when the war was at its height, Indian PM was conferred the highest civilian award by Salman bin Saud in Riyadh, one of Syria's staunchest enemies.  Source Indian Express.

Radical and corrupt politicians and leaders in the category of criminals, crooks and rapists are having a heyday using Syria as a pawn to grab international attention for themselves, each one trying to play either a victim or a friend of humanity for the promotion of national or personal interest.

And oh!  Occupied Kashmir ..

That man in the first image above, sitting on the right interviewing the President, knows darn well that occupied Kashmir is the 'Palestine' of South Asia.  Unfortunately the world knows nothing because all NWO governments are allies of India ... for the same reason the ghastly genocide of the minority Rohigyas in Burma has been given no coverage.   The international community knows of Turkey blocking more than 20 social media sites on the internet.  But unfortunately the world doesn't know that Turkey isn't alone in making such a decision. 

India has blocked all social media sites in occupied Kashmir including Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, blocking freedom of speech of hundreds of thousands of young Kashmiris.  The agitation has lately led to the death of dozens of civilians by occupying Indian forces who are permanently stationed there, like the IDF in occupied West Bank.  In fact, occupied Kashmir is known to the world's most heavily militarized region.  More than half million Indian soldiers are indefinitely deployed to stop protesters.

Kashmiri youth are trying to dodge the ban on social media by launching their local version of Facebook named "KashBook."  But seems they won't get too far before it's banned as well.  This country sings the tune of the "world's largest democracy" and then claims to be a "victim" of terrorism like Syria.  

Will gross impropriety ever have any limits?

 Horrific violation of rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir.  Source of images Kashmir Valley Gallery.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yemen: Rift between two US allies - Saudi Arabia and Emirates

This image from Al-Jazeera- May 13, 2017 shows supporters of Southern Movement in Aden rallying behind Aden's former governor, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, recently dismissed by Saudi backed Rabo Mansur Hadi.  It confirms that the Southern Movement has broken ranks with Hadi's Government.

UAE isn't getting along well with Saudi backed Rabo Mansur Hadi, to the extent that he recently addressed UAE as an "occupation power."   Hadi's inner circle is divided into pro-Saudi and pro-UAE, former accusing the latter of buying weapons to target Hadi's government.   

UAE is disgruntled.  As a member of the coalition, it has suffered more casualties than expected during the last two years of the war in Yemen and achieved nothing in return.  This includes the death of Sheikh Rashid, son of the ruler of Dubai, who was
killed in the Yemeni revolutionary forces' Katyusha attack in Ma'rib province of Yemen.   The truth was covered up by an absurd story that the healthy 33-year-old playboy died of a sudden "heart attack."  The cover-up was necessary because the people of UAE were never enthusiastic about this war.

 Al-Zubaidi, Governor of Aden appointed by Hadi, was kicked out on May 10 for lining up with UAE.   He turned separatist and declared Aden autonomous, much to the pleasure of the Southern Movement.  This Movement, led by Yemeni Sunnis for an independent South Yemen, has been stirring up since several years prior to the war.  When the war began, the Southern Movement allied itself with Hadi presuming that if Ansarullah (Houthi) took over Yemen, it wouldn't allow South Yemen to secede.  But two years on, after continuous bombings by the Saudi coalition flattening eighty percent of the country's infrastructure, matters have unfolded differently.  Ansarullah isn't interested in taking all of Yemen.  They are interested in an independent Northern Yemen where they are predominant.  That suits  Southern Movement fine.   But Saudi Arabia agrees with neither.  It wants the entire country under the rule of a solid Saudi-US-UK-backed puppet and at present Rabo Mansur Hadi is their guy.

Riyadh is befuddled, as it always is in times of trouble.  Apart from the anxious shit-fits, House of Saud doesn't have a clue how handle its fallout with UAE.  Strait of Bab el-Mandab which is located close to the port of Aden is a strategic waterway for international maritime traffic. The presence of a pro-UAE faction based in Aden controlling Bab el-Mandab would be of great advantage to the economy of UAE but a disaster for the Saudis which they won't tolerate.

In addition to the profound humanitarian crisis, the situation has exacerbated well beyond a sectarian war.

                 Image source:  Syria360 Wordpress

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Horrific AlQaeda bombing: Residents of twin villages of Fuaa and Kefraya

SYRIA, on April 15. 
Silence of Western governments & media.

Al-Nusra Front and ISIL carried out a joint attack bombing a civilian bus near Fuaa and Kefraya that killed 126 including at least 80 children.  This act of deadly terror was committed in violation to a negotiated agreement.

          From  Twitter  page

Release of 3,000 hostages of twin villages of Fuaa and Kefraya, supporters of Syrian government, held by Al-Nusra and ISIL for months under brutal conditions was negotiated by the Syrian Government in exchange for 200 terrorists (Western media calls "fighters") captured in the towns of Madaya and Zabadani liberated by Syrian forces and Hezbollah.  Contrary to laughable propaganda, residents of the summer resort towns of Madaya and Zabadani never supported a single infiltrating terrorist of  ISIL nor Al-Nusra.

              From CBC News

The hair-raising inhumanity shown by the two AlQaeda groups stands unique.  They lured hungry children with treats before exploding the bomb for maximum death toll of minors.  Reported by CBC: A little injured girl who lost all her siblings spoke to Al-Manar TV from her hospital bed mentioning that a man in a car came up to them, inviting them to eat potato chips.  The children rushed and gathered for the treat;  minutes later the fierce blast shred most of those little angels to pieces.  Unspeakable!!   For sick criminals like these, even the harshest punishment would seem lenient.  Instead, NO western news outlet nor government has expressed a word of sympathy for the victims nor denounced the terrorists.   Where are the "heartbroken" tears of the Trump family?   Where are the flying tomahawk missiles?

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  Image source:  Press TV

Height of callousness and mean spirited bias:
Because the deal involves the evacuation of a large number of government supporters, USA and its allies are not helping the evacuation and neither is the United Nations getting involved.

Conclusion: The most important message:
Fact check:
Press TV
First report, death toll has risen since.

CBC News
Note: This is msm.  Therefore not a single condemnation nor the use of the word "terrorist."  Even the image of a masked, armed terrorist is referred to as "rebel fighter."  As long as you're a friend of the neocon world you could be the most spine-chilling dream beast, you would be viewed as a friend of humanity.  Alas this planet!  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Deir Ezzor (Eastern Syria) Poison Gas Leak- April 13, 2017

Will the Western media handle this embarrassment with silence OR will President Assad be framed again? 

When US bombs fell on a chemical weapons depot of ISIL in Deir Ezzor, it caused leakage of poison gas killing scores of civilians mostly children.  They were suffocated by the toxic substances after a huge white and yellow mushroom cloud spread in the atmosphere.    It has now been confirmed and proven irrefutably that both AlQaeda sub-groups - Daesh and al-Nusra - are in possession of chemical arsenal.   Exact number of deaths is not yet known.  The mainstream media isn't mentioning a word, neither the death toll nor the nature of poison gas / gases released.  

The interesting question: Who gave ISIL this stockpile of poison gas?  Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia or did US bomb some of its own consignments it had been periodically sending throughout Obama's presidency? 

Briefly recapping the Idlib incident ten days earlier, April 3.

On April 6, one of the US terrorist warships loitering the Mediterranean launched an attack at the Syrian military base, al-Shayrat, showering more than 50 tomahawk missiles and killing 10.  Here are the circumstances that led to this act of US terrorism preceded by Al-Nusra's chemical gas terrorist attack in Idlib three days earlier, dumped on Assad. 

Al-Nusra & affiliates have a missile factory in Khan Sheikhun.   These rudimentary missiles were constantly used for attacking government installations and civilian neighborhoods in government controlled areas of Syria. The Syrian air force using Russian war planes struck Khan Sheikhun missile warehouse a couple of days prior to the incident.  It was later surmised that Al-Nusra's cache of chemical arsenal was probably also stored at Khan Sheikhun causing the release of some chemical gases in Idlib governorate including the villages of Majdal and Khattab.   The US did precisely that in Deir Ezzor on April 13 when it targeted, what might have been a ISIL den, not knowing that their poison gas warehouse lay just there.  Thus the silence of the mainstream media.

Donald Trump's impulsive decision that recently led to the bombing of Syria's al-Shayrat military base was reportedly prompted because his daughter was heartbroken at the images of civilians gassed to death in Idlib.  Referring to that story, writes Veteran's Today:  "Without a video done by the White Helmets distributed by Qatar’s intelligence agency and their al Jazeera organization, the cheerleaders of ISIS, Ivanka Trump is silent though hundreds lie dead, most of them children.  Without White Helmets to murder the babies on camera, jabbing them with cardiac needles and digging around until their hearts are torn to shreds and their eyes go dim, the satanic witch queen, Ivanka, will not be ordering military retaliation and pushing for Armageddon…"  - Gordon Duff.

Syrian sources stated "the US-led coalition struck an ISIS depot storing chemical weapons in Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday, poisoning and killing several hundred people, including civilians.  This confirms that Daesh and al-Nusra terrorists possess chemical weapons and are capable of using, obtaining and transporting it"  ZeroHedge  

Russia's Sputnik News reported - "the Syrian military said that this fact proves that terrorists possess chemical weapons."  Also see ZeroHedge

Fact check please:
Veteran's Today
Sott Net 
Syrian Free Press 
Press TV

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Idlib April 2017 Gas Attack Has Fingerprints of False Flag.

Another desperate attempt to nail the Syrian Government.

                     Source World Affairs Blog.

As expected, White Helmets are showing off their presence handling the sick and dead without protective gloves despite claims of sarin attack. "This is dangerous, unprofessional and possibly suicidal" writes World Affairs Blog, " since the chemicals on the victims’ skin would seep through the handler’s skin and hurt/kill the handler as well."

A phony doctor by the name of Shuja-ul-Islam frantically tweets that the hospital where he works is getting filled with "sarin" victims. He's offering to send videos and appealing to dispel doubts. Would a genuine doctor have time to tweet and make videos for the social media in a situation such as this?

World's top murderer, Benyamin Netanyahu, is screaming and belching from TelAviv condemning the Syrian Government.

What does the Idlib incident remind you of? Yes, starkly reminiscent of Ghouta chemical attack by Al-Nusra in August 2013 that nearly resulted in direct NATO intervention in Syria .. pre-planned of course. The plan at present is not only to disrupt the upcoming peace negotiation but it's an act of sheer desperation by terrorist forces after America's decision not to focus on toppling Assad. Quoting Sott Net "Shortly after the incident in Idlib, a suspiciously well timed piece from the White Helmets founder, falsely claiming to be the head of Syrian Civil Defence, was published in Britain's Guardian newspaper, urging EU leaders not to reach any kind of deal with the legitimate government of Syria during tomorrow's peace talks in Brussels."  

Most victims were from the villages of Majdal and Khattab. As mentioned by AMN News, AlQaeda kidnapped 250 people from these two villages last week. These villagers were viewed as pro-government ... an then AlQaeda gassed them to frame the Syrian Government. 

Dear peeps, if you are interested in getting the facts, visit the above links for truthful reports.  Don't relax like couch potatoes before your local tv channels to get fed by the mud they throw at you. 

Additionally check ZeroHedge.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Genocide in Yemen: 2nd Anniversary

             Tehran Times

Take a look at THIS twitter link on the second anniversary of the mayhem in Yemen by foreign powers.  Some dumbo is asking, quote:  "Houthis n their million followers agree for UN monitored referendum to decide the future of Yemen?"   This weird sectarianist is implying that the war is all about referendum .. as if the neighboring Kingdom is sooo democratic that it won't allow anyone in the region to disregard the will of the people and the moment Ansarullah agrees to a referendum in Yemen, the Saudi invasion will end.  It's too difficult or too embarrassing for these folks to comprehend that if Ansarullah says "yes" to a referendum, the Saudis will be the first ones to freak out and call for an emergency session in Washington with another $2b worth of bombs sent at the behest of the Oval Office. 

The anti Ansarullah crowd has been trying it's best of misconstrue facts by portraying Ansarullah as a "typical Hezbollah-Iran linked group" that's cashing in on the sentiments of its supporters by demonizing USA and Israel. The brainless slander circulating around is that Houthis are linked to the corrupt Abdullah al-Saleh who was once linked to AlQaeda.  In the first place,  Abdullah Saleh (despite his unsatisfactory rule of 32 years) never had links with AQ.   Let's come back to our senses for the sake of Allah Almighty!   Saleh is a Zaidi Shiia,  AlQaeda is staunchly Salafist.   Another disgusting nonsense claims that the Houthis took control of the north with the help of Ali Abdullah Saleh.   The fact is that despite Abdullah Saleh being a Zaidi Shiia, the Houthis have fought and struggled against his government whom they persistently perceived as corrupt and incompetent since 2004.   Houthis never reconciled with Saleh, though their opposition to Saleh may have turned quieter .. NOT because they ever supported him .. because since 2014 the Houthis had a much stronger and more destructive opposition to tackle consisting of foreign proxy powers adamant to quell -- what they feared -- an Iran-like ideology sprouting in Yemen.   The anti Ansarullah crowd is intentionally silent over the fact that Ansarullah has lots of local-political agenda, namely ending economic under-development, political marginalization in Yemen and corruption at governmental level.  Ansarullah has voiced for autonomy in areas where they are predominant; they aren't hankering after autonomy in all of Yemen.  Therefor even if the Hirak Movement wins the referendum for secession of south Yemen, it carries no threats for Ansarullah.  

Funny why this Salafist cult has never bothered to clarify how the act of Saudi preemptive bombing & ground invasion of Yemen fits into their own hyperbole, let alone the actual situation.  These are the same people who have been ceaselessly barking that "Iran's interference to help Houthis is designed to spread Shiia influence in the region." But their devious silence over the neighboring Kingdom's physical presence in Yemen and non-stop bombing leading to war crimes and genocide is even more deafening than their rabid barks!

Wrap up for dummies:
After Abdullah al-Saleh was wounded in an attack in September 2011, Hadi became the acting President.  He was then made the president for a two-year transitional period on February 21, 2012 in an "election" in which he was the only candidate. In January 2014 his mandate was extended for another year but he continued to be in power with no signs of stepping down.   In January 2015, Ansarullah revolutionists seized the presidential palace; Hadi resigned and was put under house arrest.  A month later he escaped to Aden (his hometown) in south Yemen, authorized himself to annul his resignation renouncing Ansarullah uprising as "unconstitutional."  Back in Sanaa, north Yemen, Ansarullah established a Supreme Revolutionary Committee to form a government replacing Hadi and his cabinet that would serve as Yemen's interim authority.  On March 25, 2015 Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Aden to Saudi Arabia.   On March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich gulf states of the Arabian peninsula launched their bombing campaign non-stop against the tiny, peaceful country of Yemen situated along the southwestern belt of the Peninsula.  The purpose of this naked aggression is to reinstall the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a puppet ally of Riyadh and the West.  Since the past two years the invaders have been hoping to drive out the indigenous Ansarullah revolutionists and restore Hadi's rule. The Saudi coalition has complete support of USA and Britain who have been supplying weapons, signaling the green light  to kill as many civilians as desired to crush the rising power and popularity of Ansarullah.

According to RT 100,000 Yemeni demonstrators filled Sanaa's al-Sabin Square.  But other sources have opined that the gathering was still larger.  It's been two years and the Yemeni people are waiting for the world to know what the Western powers are doing to them via their gulf Arab allies.  Close to 15,000 civilians killed, hundreds of thousands homeless, injured, maimed, orphaned, starving and 90% of the infrastructure flattened with acute shortage of food and potable water.  And we boastabout our planet as the "modern world?"  Any surprise why the mainstream media has NOT MENTIONED A WORD on the 2nd anniversary of the genocide in Yemen?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kurds: More Dubious Than Presumed

Story of the Kurds fits quite comfortably inside the missing piece of that large 'bad guys' puzzle.

Source of map:- Wikipedia
(Attribution) By PANONIAN - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54996333

Kurds in Syria currently:

Syrian Kurds have strong disagreements with the Syrian National Council (political wing [of sorts] of FSA). Yet, as the YPG works in partnership with the US coalition, it also cooperates with FSA. The scenario isn't only an evidence of Kurdish-NATO connivance but a clear evidence that the Kurds will collude with any crook or cutthroat to achieve their political goal.  Needless to mention, FSA carries an ideology identical to all AlQaeda groups including ISIL whom Kurds have been fighting. FSA has systematically served as a conduit for foreign arms and money to AlQaeda factions inside Syria and has been responsible for inflicting mass brutalities on Syrian civilians.   Kurds have long been linked with US intelligence to promote ethnic dominance in the Kurdish region. From 2014 onward, they've been regularly providing feedback to US officials on the activities of Syrians and Iraqis. They are officially cooperating directly with FSA.

                              Image source:  Quora

Taking up arms against ISIL is little or no reason to count on the Kurds as one of the groups that stand for the betterment of the Syrian Republic. Their ideological approach is perceptibly as destructive as AlQaeda's and their animosity towards the Syrian Government just as intense. Syrian Kurds have simplified the plan of foreign powers to dismember Syria, assisting to make the mess still messier. Presence of the Kurds has further popularized the plan of partitioning Syria.   

They make up approximately 10% of the Syrian population. They have been claiming the Syrian northeast since end 2013 declaring it an autonomous zone. That was the time when ISIL fighters began proliferating across Syria and Iraq, getting stronger than their US financiers would appreciate. Washington was fully focused on curbing the strength and power of ISIL, retaining the terror group as a standby, but only strong enough to serve US interest. Back then, American officials thought little or nothing on forging an alliance with the Kurds and the zeal of Kurdish nationalism went largely unnoticed. It was as late as the fall of 2014 when the Kurds kicked out ISIL from Kobane, that they became adamant on "federalism in Rajova." PYD insists it isn't interested in an independent Kurdish state within Syria but acknowledges that it wants to be a part of "future democratic federal Syria." It rejects speculations that it's on Assad's side, asserting it's fighting Assad as well as ISIL. But there are regional differences within the Kurds which might, at some point, play to the advantage of the Syrian Government. Iraqi Kurds (KRG) are in no mood to support independence of Syrian Kurds as that could put them on a collusion course with Turkey;  KRG isn't willing to take the risk. Even the Americans are wary on that issue. At present Washington is handling quite a balancing game, utilizing the support of the Kurds taming ISIL and simultaneously not going too far pampering the Kurds that could annoy Turkey.  But hidden Western policy is more vividly exposed by retired diplomats who have been quite candid about their appreciation of Kurdish independence, namely citing the visit of Peter Galbraith and Bernard Kouchner to Qamishli in November 2016. 

 President Bashar al-Assad.  Ara News, October 2016.

In October 2016, President Bashar al-Assad discarded the idea of "federalism" in Hasakah Governorate (northeast Syria) without a referendum as the majority in Hasakah are Arabs. It goes without saying that in an autonomous "Rojova" controlled by Kurds, ethnic discrimination and persecution of non-Kurds would be too rampant for the rule of justice to prevail.  But all Kurdish movements stand staunchly for federalism, interpreting it as "end to the dictatorship of the Arab majority."   You may recall, during Obama's regime federalism was 'plan B' among the suggestions of John Kerry for the break-up of Syria.

Kurdish fighters fire machine gun mounted on a truck with FSA  flag, Kobane 2014.  Daily Mail.                                          

All Kurdish factions in Syria have abandoned waving the 2-green-star Syrian flag, replacing it with the Kurdish flag in the northeastern towns like Qamashli, Manjib, Afrin etc.  The Kurdish National Council has rejected the 'Syrian Political Solution' issued by the UN in early March 2017 as it mentions of Syria as "one people," seen by the Kurds as an oversight on the aspect of "ethnic diversity."

Kurds celebrating nauroz in Qamishili, Hasakah Province, northern Syria, waving the Kurdish flag.  Image: Ara News.

Kurds of ISIL:
May sound bizarre but it's real;  it exists. 
Paraphrasing below a quick summary from Foreign Affairs on the lengthy history of Kurdish extremism and its links to AlQaeda. 
One may presume that Arab extremist groups have not been popular within Kurdish circles. But truthfully, radical groups claiming to be 'jihadists' have existed among Kurds too, and in large numbers.  IMK ("Islamic" Movement of Kurdistan) was the first such group established in mid 1980s by a bunch of Iraqi Kurds based in Halabja fighting Saddam Hussain.  Most IMK members were trained in Afghanistan (apparently by the US) during the Soviet invasion of the country.  Reportedly IMK received help from Saddam's enemies throughout the 1990s.  At the end of the Kurdish civil war - that waged between Kurdistan Dem Party (KPD) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in late 1990s - some members of IMK decided to join Iraqi Kurdistan's secular regional government (KRG) or Hukumat Iqlim Kurdistan.  That left the radical elements of IMK furious, forming into several small Kurdish Salafist groups.  The most active among them was Jund al-Islam in Halabja (probably in 1998) with ambitions of a Salafi-led revolution in Iraq which never materialized.  In 2001 it changed its title to Ansar al-Islam and established links with AlQaeda.  When AlQaeda infiltrated into Iraq in 2003 (as did the US forces),  Ansar al-Islam became a loyal partner of Abu Musab Zarqawi's Jund al-Sham.  Kurdish radicals and AlQaeda joined to make a common front and were responsible for carrying out numerous terrorist attacks against Iraqi civilians. 

This aspect also explains why and how many Kurdish commanders at present are well acquainted with AlQaeda's tactical warfare.  According to Kurdish officials, there are hundreds of Kurdish-ISIL sleeper agents either in KRG or within ISIL ranks.

Yes, it's worth reiterating that the participation of the Kurds in the Syrian war contributes generously to the dismemberment of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Raqqa (Syria): Start Of A New Nightmare

               Source Press TV Video Footage

Four hundred US marines have rolled into Raqqa in heavily armored vehicles to "fight"  Daesh.   The assault is expected to be launched within the next fortnight and quite certainly, hundreds more will arrive. 

Both US marines and ISIL will be fighting each other with US weapons.  The political irony is unbeatable!

Ken Stone, a member of the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, stated to Press TV,  “President Assad is absolutely correct in calling the US troops in Syria invaders because under international law foreign governments can’t station troops or build airfields in sovereign countries, they can’t overfly sovereign countries, they can’t level economic sanctions on their own without the approval of the UN Security Council, and they certainly can’t insert proxy armies to destabilize sovereign countries and try an effect regime changes.”   That's how much the "World's Policeman" respects international law. 

                             Above image Video Footage Youtube        

As Trump's plan of Syria begins to materialize, Tayyip Erdogan is getting sidelined as he neither gets along with the Kurds nor the SDF who are playing a vital role in helping the US coalition.  SDF has already said "no" to Turkish presence in Raqqa.  Yet there are no bright lights flashing at the end of the dark tunnel.  None of those occupied territories within Syria taken from Daesh by Kurdish forces or SDF (with the assistance of US coalition) will ever be returned to the Syrian Government.   Each of these ambitious entities have their own dreams they wish to realize.  Unity and independence of Syria under a single government isn't a priority.  Even Manjib wasn't returned to the Syrian Government.  Contrary to the rumors that the Kurds negotiated a deal with Russia agreeing to give back Manjib to Bashar al-Assad, senior Kurdish commander Shevran Derwish told the media on March 6 that they made no such promises.

It's no difficult guess that in the absence of the US coalition anytime in future, a multi-party war involving numerous AlQaeda groups, Kurds and SDF will be a long haul.  The nuisance value of Turkey will never diminish as long as AlQaeda remains in Syria.  The trail of mess looks endless and ugly.  This is the rosy side of the picture in this grim setting.  Worst case scenario could be potentially more scary.  It's the US coalition that will eventually call the shots.  If ISIL is defeated in Raqqa, its fleeing foot soldiers will neither be captured nor tried as terrorists and criminals.  They will smoothly and silently move out and join the ranks of "moderate rebels" elsewhere in Syria.  Chances are that the US coalition will not want the Kurds nor the SDF to retain Raqqa.  It will prefer handing it over to the "moderates."  If one is given a choice between the devil they know and the devil they know lesser, they will almost certainly pick the former.   Needless to say, that would be Erdogan's day;  a marvelous redress after a brief and low key pariah status. 

Vladimir Putin is in no hurry to play the advocate at the Oval Office for his Turkish counterpart and is quite unruffled over the recent developments in Syria.  His goal of confronting ISIL, but not all of AlQaeda, fits comfortably with Trump's plan.  In any case, the Russian leader is too powerless to disagree with Washington.

CNN is bubbling with deception.  According to US officials 50,000 ISIL fighters have been defeated, killed and their ranks reduced to 12,000.  This balderdash is intended to make the world believe that once Syria is purged of ISIL, AlQaeda is history.    ISIL is only a slice of AlQaeda.   During the past few months, most have fled, winnowed in different directions inside Syria without a care in the world. They have plenty of close friends who would love to hire them.   Even if ISIL was truthfully annihilated would make no difference.  Al-Qaeda network will remain in the Levant.  That's the cornerstone of the policy which Trump must continue after his predecessor.  As the new chapter unfolds, another 'brand name' has been released.  The term 'AlQaeda' has more or less vanished.  It has been replaced by "Sunni Arab rebels."

                                             Source of above image Press TV

The once free, progressive and peaceful Syrian Republic is now a carcass nibbled by scavengers - wild dogs, hyenas, coyotes, feral cats, vultures - all converging from different routes.

Many needless, unprovoked and heart-rending wars have been fought throughout the annals of history.  But there have been some where injustice and tyranny have prevailed in unforgettable and unforgivable proportions!  After the Battle of Karbala in the first millennium, you feel similarly lost for words to describe the acute tragic nature of the ones inflicted on Syria and Yemen in the third millennium.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trump Mafia - The 2016 Inheritors

~  They are all in it together  ~

The geezer's phone conversation with the terror kingpin at Riyadh:  Source PressTV Video Clip

Focus carefully on the 90-day travel ban and 120-day visa ban on seven Muslim states.  Bush and Obama routinely bombed five out of seven countries which Trump recently banned because the scheme to topple all seven on  Trump's ban list was already in the pipeline years ago.  Accordingly Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Pakistan were excluded by Trump's con men, each of those three countries having a different political interest for Washington despite Trump's pre-election admissions recognizing Saudi Arabia as the prime financier of terror and Turkey a supporter of Daesh.

It's the failure of over-throwing Bashar al-Assad in Syria that helped delay the attack on Iran.  After six years of mayhem, Syria might be left at the mercy of Turkey, Yemen to Saudi Arabia while Big Daddy turns to Iran, the most powerful member of the Resistance.

Shortly prior to Trump's "notice," Iran dumped the US Dollar giving a major blow to an ever-sluggish US economy. Consequently, National Sec. Adviser Michael Flynn, a rabid anti-Iran warmonger, claimed Iran's ballistic missile test to be a violation and Press Sec. Sean Spicer LIED accusing Iran of attacking a US navy vessel in Yemen. The purpose of this depraved string of manipulations was to prepare  "legal" grounds for immediate re-implementation of sanctions that would win the support of the American people and those across the West.  The other bit of frustration came from the fact that during the past one month, Yemeni revolutionary forces had won a series of victories against their Saudi invaders.  That needed to be stopped too.

Trump administration is aware that military action against Iran will not be liked by majority around the world.  America needs plenty of deceit to build, what would appear to the international community, as a just and convincing case.  In the coming days or months, US is likely to propose a humiliating one-sided deal beneath a misleading facade of a fair offer showing equitability, peace and legitimacy as the consolidated goal pursued by the White House.  Iran's rejection of that deceit would be the perfect opportunity to portray her as an aggressive, combative party determined to go nuclear by ignoring an ideal option to avoid war.  The undertaking to comply with this pledge for organized crime at the behest of their Jewish masters was started by GWB at the dawn of the 3rd millennium, stoically continued by Obama, hailed by Clinton and exacerbated with pleasure by Trump.  Apart from  Israeli hegemony in the region being a top priority, the New World has sadly entered an era when it can only count on wars for upswing economy .. to whatever extent that's now possible.  America laments that it's a bit too late in the day to get hung up on ethics; it won't abandon those attractive resources of a specific Muslim block for the sake of preserving their sovereignty.

Trump, who hates Iran, says he wants cordial relations with Russia.  Russia has been an ally to Iran but is also elated at the prospect of having close ties with Trump's America, the enemy of Iran.  Considering that the new US administration (like its predecessor) has already started nagging Russia over the Ukraine issue, the goodwill of his US counterpart is more precious to Putin than ever before.  It's hard to guess where this intricate maze of relations may end up, but it certainly won't help to produce a favorable solution for Iran.  The situation puts Putin in a dilemma when, at some point, he will have to choose between the Islamic Republic and Donald Trump.    It's won't be easy for good relations to continue between Russia and Iran, and next to impossible to improve.

Last but not least, the latest post-Obama plans are also designed to drive a wedge between members of the Resistance.  Wrapped up with Iran, Trump's administration would probably have lesser time for tinkering with Syria compared to Obama, Clinton and Kerry .. and for a while Erdogan may need to walk on eggshells supporting his terrorist allies until he gains some more trust of those new guys at the WH.  That could provide some relief to Syria, at least temporarily.  For Iran it's the opposite.  But fortunately until now, this aspect has not been reflected neither by the governments of Syria nor Iran.  Since the past six years, Syyed Ali Khamanei has resolutely perceived the invasion of Syria as an attack on the Resistance.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Syrian Diaspora - 2011 to Present. They Never Asked for This.

                 Syrian refugees in Bute, Scotland.  Image source: Express UK

The pervasive proxy war against Syria hasn't only destroyed the country but has also facilitated an atmosphere of depressive isolation for many Syrians forced to leave home. 

On December 2015, fifteen young displaced Syrian families  were dumped (as refugees) in the secluded, lonesome and dismal Scottish island of Bute which has a population of 7,000 elderly traditional Scottish seniors from 75 and 95.  Most of these old retirees don't know a thing about the Syrian war.  They admit viewing the arrival of Syrian refugees in Bute as "them and us."  For the refugees, the glaring contrast from the vibrant and cheerful pre-war Syria couldn't be more heartbreaking!    Job opportunities are zero in a place like Bute.  There is no one to teach them English.  Apart from the emotional trauma and utter boredom, it's a colossal waste of talent for the young families. Quoting a 42-year-old Syrian and father of four, “I feel like I have one option now, to die here.  Only die here, nothing else.” The scenario isn't too different from the concept of punishments in middle ages by imperialist powers when they exiled dissidents to remote, uninhabited little islands like St. Helena, Devil's Island, Robinson Crusoe Island and more.

                 Syrian refugee family in Canada:  Image & story Yahoo News Canada.

A Syrian refugee family - parents and five children - living in a townhouse in the Canadian city of Langley, province of British Columbia, have their own woes.  Around the fall of 2016 there was a small fire in their kitchen above the cooker.  For safety purposes, renovation workers had to remove part of the ceiling, the drywall, laminated floor and the kitchen sink.  Apart from the inconvenience, that made the house frigid in sub zero December temperatures.  The family couldn't afford to move to a new house without government assistance.  It took a little while for Immigration Settlement Services to receive approval from the Federal government to find a new accommodation for them.  According to the family, Syria is cold too.  But in Syria they were ready to handle unexpected situations for they had the resources.  As refugees away from home, they don't.

So much of their lives is now just a bundle of memories.  The fragrance and flavor of Syrian cuisine .. the thick lentil soup and kanafah sprinkled with pistachios;  those traditional Syrian restaurants with waiters carrying large plates of shawarma and fried falafel;  the togetherness of Syrians and Palestinians during the month of Ramadan ... the traditional sahoor Ramadan drummers (the musaharatis) going around neighborhoods with their drums and songs.  After tarawih prayers, friends would meet in the evenings, chat, tell stories, sing, sip coffee .. and those traditional Ramadan sweets of Damascus!   All Syrians miss Ramadan in Old Damascus.  "Nothing compares to it" is the commonest comment.  In their cell phones, many of them carry Youtube clips of the adhan sounding from the minaret of the Ommayad Mosque in Old Damascus.  It takes them on a short free ride down the memory lane and back home; but only for a while until the rude awakenings start pouring into their difficult lives again.   Most elderly Syrians, despite the emotional trauma of foreign invasion and loss of their homes, were reluctant to leave.  In many cases their adult children literally had to grab their passports and bring them to the airport. 

This once incredibly happy and financially secure community is now scattered in groups of war-exiles in different continents with faltering economies, job shortages, debts, mortgages and impersonal neighbors. They are dispersed everywhere –  Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Scotland etc.  It's a  tragic Syrian diaspora forced upon them.  One thing that follows ever Syrian refugee - old and young - like a shadow is homesickness. 

Slight Relief in Algeria:

The only place the Syrian exiles are comparatively happier is Algeria.  There are approximately 40,000 Syrians  living in Algeria at present, escaping the foreign invasion that has ravaged their beautiful homeland.  Fortunately, Algeria doesn't force Syrian refugees to live in camps like Jordan and Lebanon.  And unlike  Turkey, Syrians in Algeria don't need to fear the wealthy Saudi and Emirati predators hovering around  refugee settlements looking for young girls as war brides.   There's no racial discrimination, imprisonments nor derogatory treatment as in Europe.  Syrian children can attend school in Algeria and families are free to set up their own businesses.  There are a couple of problems however.  Algeria offers healthcare only for refugee children under age six.  Unlike Syria, there's no free healthcare for all.  Algerian government also does not allow refugees without documents to look for jobs nor to purchase property, compelling many to work illegally.  Most displaced Syrian families in Algeria have opened  traditional restaurants serving Syrian food that are doing fairly well.  Along the historical winding alleys of the kasbah of Algiers with its brick steps, it isn't unusual any longer to see Syrian sweet marts with comfortable sunken couches, Syrian decor, images of the Aleppo Citadel and shelves stocked with traditional Syrian desserts.  They can afford to rent houses or apartments. But it isn't the same as Syria for any of them.

                                                             Youtube Clip

                          Algiers kasbah neighborhood.  Image: Skyscrapper City.

Quoting an excerpt from Beirut's MashAllah News on Syrian refugees in Algeria:
Nour Derdar, carries a tray with lentil soup and hummus out to a table, then returns with empty plates piled on top of each other. She arrived in Algeria in 2015, not long before they began imposing visas, and lives with her mother and three kids in a house in Baba Hassan (a neighborhood in Algeria).  “Our situation is good, if I compare to Syrians elsewhere. There are no camps here, we can live better. My kids are in school. It’s taken a while to get used to the Algerian system, but they are doing alright,” she says.  Still, there is something sad in her eyes when she speaks. She left behind a life, a community, everything, only to start something new at a place she didn’t know. Baba Hassan, a suburb with long-standing ties to Syria, has many Syrian families who have lived here for generations. There are Syrian spice shops and date sellers, and small importers of clothes and fabric. But the story of Derdar and the other newcomers is entirely different: their migration was involuntary, pushed by force. And, for now, there is no going back.  “Most of all, I miss the hawa, the atmosphere of Syria,” says Abdallah at Bawabat Istanbul (a Syrian restaurant with branches in Algiers and Istanbul).  “There is nothing like it, even though there is generosity and great feelings towards Syrians here (Algeria).”

There's an old historical connection between Syria and Algeria that goes nearly 200 years in the past when Algerian freedom fighter and national hero, Emir Abdelkader,  led a struggle against the invasion of French colonialists resisting the French colonization of Algeria.  He eventually found refuge in Damascus after years of imprisonment in France.  The Emir loved Damascus and died in Damascus.  Many Algerians presently view the Syrian struggle against the foreign terrorist invasion financed by Western governments similar to what their ancestors faced in the mid-1800s. 


It's ironic to watch and read the frowns across Europe against the "wave of Syrian refugees."  These refugees are far more unhappy than their sulking hosts.  They do not enjoy living on charity abroad.  Pre-war Syria already had a fantastic welfare system - free education, free healthcare, interest-free loans, various family allowances and more.   They are homesick, separated from families and close friends, they feel lost culturally and they are struggling to learn foreign languages.  It's anything but any ideal situation.  They are not interested in the generosity of Western governments to let them in.  They do not want to be indebted to those granting them 'favors' who were squarely responsible for the catastrophe that created the problem of displacement.

"They (the Syrian people) don't need your support in your country; they need your support in our country (Syria).  They (western countries) need to stop supporting terrorists." - President Bashar al-Assad (interview with TG5, Italian channel, December 30th 2016).