Syrian Rebels Brainwashing Population to Accept Extremist Islam

Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane’s report

Ben Farmer
London Telegraph
September 15, 2013

Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.

The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists – who would include foreign fighters – fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..

Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.

There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups.

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CIA Trained Al-Qaeda Cell To Enter Syria

US sanctioned 50 man group to sneak over border into Syria with arms

CIA trained terrorists in Syria

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
Sept 3, 2013

The New York Times reports that a 50 man cell of “rebels” trained and armed by the CIA and US special forces is to sneak over the border from Jordan into Syria this week to begin fighting government forces there, a move that should prompt concern given that moderate rebel forces are now fully infiltrated by extremist al Qaeda linked terrorists.

The details were revealed in a report detailing a meeting between the president and Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, during which Obama assured them that covert action would be stepped up in an attempt to do more damage to the Syrian army.

Obama told the two that in addition to a limited strike, “we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition.”

The Times reports that “the C.I.A.’s program to arm the rebels would be deliberately limited at first to allow a trial run for American officials to monitor it before ramping up to a larger, more aggressive campaign.”

“There seems to be emerging from this administration a pretty solid plan to upgrade the opposition,” Graham said after the meeting.

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Video: Syrian Girl Calls Obama A Traitor To His People

Infowars.com
July 31, 2013

Alex welcomes back Syrian Girl who exposes how the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army is actually supplying Al-Qaeda with anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. Mainstream media sources have recently attempted to paint a false picture of the FSA and Al-Qaeda as being divided.

Photos: Obama-Backed Syrian Rebels Ransack Christian Village

Residents slaughtered, churches desecrated

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
July 23, 2013

Images obtained exclusively by Infowars show the aftermath of an alleged massacre of a Christian village in Syria during which men, women and children were slaughtered and churches desecrated by Obama-backed FSA rebels.

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The photos, which were provided by a source inside the village of al-Duvair in Syria’s Western province of Homs, show ruined homes, ransacked churches as well as the burned remains of what looks like an infant.

According to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) on May 29, “The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon….and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.”

However, our source tells us that the Syrian Army were able to intervene before the rebels were able to slaughter the entire village.

These are some of the very same rebels that the Obama administration is set to arm following the House and Senate Intelligence Committee’s green light for the White House to send heavy weaponry.

The decision to send arms was made despite a plethora of evidence confirming that FSA rebels have joined forces with Al-Qaeda terrorists and are committing atrocities on a routine basis. Some fighters have even threatened to commit more war crimes if heavy weaponry is not immediately sent by western powers, while others have vowed to attack the US and Europe once they are finished in Syria.

It is important to stress that it was the Syrian Army, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim, that stepped in to help the Christians who were under siege from radical jihadist militants that now form the front line fighting force of the FSA.

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‘I saw rebels execute my boy for no more than a joke’

Nadia Umm Fuad watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall in Aleppo. She speaks to Richard Spencer.

Nadia Umm Fuad who watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall

Nadia Umm Fuad who watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall Photo: Will Wintercross

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She was upstairs at home when she first heard the shouting. The people of the neighbourhood were yelling that “they have brought back the kid”, so she rushed out of her apartment.

“I went out on my balcony,” Nadia Umm Fuad said. “I said to his father, they are going to shoot your son! Come! Come! Come! I was on the stairs when I heard the first shot. I was at the door when I heard the second shot.

“I saw the third shot. I was shouting, ‘That’s haram, forbidden! Stop! Stop! You are killing a child.’ But they just gave me a dirty look and got into their car. As they went, they drove over my son’s arm, as he lay there dying.”

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‘Iran to send 4,000 troops to help Syria’s Assad’

Hezbollah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards said to be training Assad’s forces ahead of key battle for Aleppo

Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate after launching a missile, July 2012 (photo credit: AP/IRNA, Mostafa Qotbi)

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According a report Sunday in Britain’s The Independent, the decision to deploy the Iranian forces was taken before Friday’s elections in Iran, which saw Hasan Rowhani win the presidency with 50.7 percent of the vote.

Shiite Iran and its proxy movement Hezbollah have vowed to help the Assad regime defeat a largely Sunni rebellion aided by the West and Sunni Arab states. They have also threatened to open a new front with Israel in the Golan Heights.

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Central Damascus ‘hit by bomb explosion’

Syrian state TV footage appeared to show the chaos following the explosion

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At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media and activists say.

A bomb is believed to have been detonated in a square in the central district of Marjeh. Civilians and security personnel are among the dead.

Sporadic gunfire was heard in the area after the blast.

On Monday, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived a car bomb attack, which had targeted his convoy in the capital.

The latest violence comes amid allegations that the Syrian authorities may have used chemical weapons against rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

US President Barack Obama has said their use would be a “game changer” – and on Tuesday he insisted facts needed to be established before the US would rethink “the range of options available” for action.

But Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, said his government was waiting for information about the dates and locations of the latest alleged uses of chemical weapons.

He told a news conference in New York that the Syrian government had told the UN that once it had investigated the alleged use of chemical weapons on 19 March in the Khan al-Assal district of the north-western province of Aleppo, it would look into more recent claims.

Damascus says rebel forces used chemical weapons at Khan al-Assal, but rebel commanders have accused government forces of carrying out the attack, citing reports of victims suffering breathing difficulties and bluish skin.

Widespread damage

Tuesday’s bomb attack took place near a hotel, shopping centre and interior ministry building in Marjeh, a busy commercial district, the BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut reports.

Syrian man injured in the explosion (30 April 2013) Dozens of civilians are reported to have been injured by the powerful explosion

It is not yet clear what the target of the attack was or who was behind it, our correspondent says.

However, it highlights that people in the centre of the city are no longer safe, he says.

State television showed footage of wounded people being carried away amid widespread damage. The area was shrouded in dense smoke. Several vehicles could be seen burning and many buildings had shattered windows.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the cause of the blast was a car bomb.

The UK-based activist group monitors human rights violations on both sides of the conflict via a network of contacts across Syria.

It estimates that March was the bloodiest month yet, with more than 6,000 people killed – a third of them civilians.

Damaged commercial building in the Marjeh district (30 April 2013) The blast struck a busy commercial district of Damascus

Government forces and rebels have been fighting in and around Damascus for months, but neither have gained the upper hand.

Monday’s blast targeting the prime minister was the latest bombing inside government-controlled areas of the capital.

The car bomb exploded as his convoy passed through the Mezzeh neighbourhood, reportedly killing a number of people, including Mr Halqi’s bodyguard.

So far no group has said they carried out the latest bombings.

But they do not appear to carry the hallmarks of attacks linked to the Free Syrian Army or the jihadist al-Nusra Front, one of the most prominent rebel groups, our correspondent says.

Some opposition members accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s government of planting the bombs in order to portray its struggle as one against terrorism, he adds.

The UN says more than 70,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Mr Assad erupted in March 2011.

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G8 talks: William Hague warns Syria turning into century’s ‘greatest humanitarian catastrophe’

William Hague has warned that the Syrian civil war was turning into this century’s “greatest humanitarian catastrophe” as a new report set out systematic violations of the rules of war.

The week in picturesA child walks past damaged buildings in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

William Hague warns Syria turning into century's 'greatest humanitarian crisis'

Buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Homs Photo: Reuters

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Hosting a meeting of the G8 foreign ministers in London, Mr Hague declared the outside world must mount a much stronger intervention to curtail the crisis.

Britain invited four leaders of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to be present on the sidelines of the meeting in an effort to increase support for the regime’s opponents.

“I will be joining and convening some of those meetings to discuss the urgent humanitarian needs and the urgent need for a political and diplomatic breakthrough,” said Mr Hague. “This is turning into the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century so far and we cannot watch this happen.”

Leaders of the Syrian National Council (SNC) on Wednesday held talks with those foreign ministers willing to meet them, securing a pledge of more support from John Kerry, the US Secretary of State.

However the effort was overshadowed by a declaration from Jabhat al-Nusra, the most effective fighting force in the opposition, of loyalty to al-Qaeda.

An audio recording of the al-Nusra leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, formally pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri, just a day after fundamentalists in Iraq had announced a cross border alliance.

Rebels from Jabhat al-Nusra at Taftanaz air base in the Idlib province in January (AP)

A report from Human Rights Watch said Syrian jets and helicopters had repeatedly attacking civilians by targeting bakeries and hospitals.

“In village after village, we found a civilian population terrified by their country’s own air force,” said Ole Solvang, one of the researchers responsible for the survey, Death from the Skies.

“These illegal air strikes killed and injured many civilians and sowed a path of destruction, fear, and displacement.”

Syrian forces began using helicopters as attack weapons in March of last year, as the uprising turned into a fully-fledged insurgency and rebel fighters began to occupy towns, villages and suburbs across the country.

But the first sustained aerial bombardments began last July after the Free Syrian Army launched a surprise attack seizing half of Aleppo and some Damascus suburbs.

The first recorded jet attack took place on July 24 in Aleppo city.

Since then, the survey says, attacks have happened daily, with an opposition monitoring organisation relying on local activists, the Violations Documentation Centre, recording the names and date and place of death of 4,472 individuals, some rebels but more than 4,000 of them civilians.

HRW itself investigated 55 individual attacks, which killed 152 people, and found that contrary to some claims over the course of the uprising, activists’ casualty figures were an underestimate.

It documents eight attacks on four bakeries, which it said killed 35 people and 11 on two hospitals. The Dar al-Shifa Hospital, the main emergency centre in rebel-held Aleppo, and its surroundings were bombed eight times, and a makeshift hospital in Salma, Latakia province, three times.

The regime admitted one of the attacks on Dar al-Shifa, despite hospitals being protected under the Geneva Convention, HRW pointed out.

Many other attacks would count as illegal under the rules of war because of their indiscriminate nature – the Russian missiles and, occasionally, homemade weapons used have no guidance systems, even if rebel units were being targeted. But in any case, the report quoted defecting army officers saying that the regime intended attacks to be inaccurate so as to scare the civilian population and force them to leave.

“Ninety per cent, even 95 per cent of the bombing is random,” it quoted one pilot as saying. “What’s the purpose? To scare the population, terrorise people, and make them turn their back on the revolution.

“Pilots would dive in, attack, but then go back up without shooting. Then they [the commanders] would force them, ordering them to shoot.”

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Syrian Civil War:Does Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dead or just rumor / Syria Conflict News

Bashar al-Assad
24 March, 2013 |

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed by his own bodyguard and Assad is dead anymore  this  rumor spread on the Internet.

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A rumor about the killed  of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad was massively shared on social media websites on Sunday evening.

“News about  Bashar al-Assad being shot dead by his Iranian bodyguard have not been confirmed yet,” the magazine said, revealing that the opposition’s Free Syrian Army has denied such reports.

Noting that “tweets and Facebook comments helped in largely and rapidly disseminating the rumor”, French magazine Le Point remarked: “Social media websites were the primary source of this rumor.”

The reported news shared that Assad was shot on Saturday and was transferred to a Damascus hospital, as roads were blocked and buildings surrounding the location were firmly seized by the Syrian government  army.

Meanwhile, other websites said: “Israeli and Lebanese intteligent sources have confirmed the death of Syria’s president.”

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American fighting Assad denies reports of his death

Eric Harroun, said to have been killed in Syria on Friday, apparently sends journalist a message deriding the claim

Eric Harroun (photo credit: Facebook)

Eric Harroun (photo credit: Facebook)

Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old US Army veteran said to have been fighting alongside al-Qaeda terrorists against the Assad regime in Syria, was reported early Friday to have been killed there, but later purportedly sent a journalist messages saying he was alive and well.

'American' in Syria (screenshot: YouTube)

A video posted by a pro-Assad group showed several bodies including one that resembled Harroun’s, and said he had been “terminated,” US news sites reported. The video was posted on YouTube early Friday under the headline: “Terrorists, including American Extremist ‘Eric Harroun’, Have Been Terminated,” the website AOL Defense reported, saying it would not publish the video because it was too graphic. The claim of Harroun’s death was picked up by several news outlets, with comments from the Pentagon and his family that they had no information.

Later Friday, however, AOL Defense said it had received a message from Harroun, or someone using his Facebook account, saying he was alive and fighting with the Free Syrian Army, not the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra. A second message read, “Lol I was reported Dead! Show me the link. I never joined Al Nusra !!! I am FSA get it right.”

Harroun had become known as “the American” and had featured in several videos fighting alongside anti-regime forces.

His father Darryl told Fox News last week, “I know one day I’m going to get a message from over there, telling me my son is dead.”

In a late January clip, a man who was apparently Harroun threatened to kill Syrian President Bashar Assad whether or not he abdicates.

“Bashar Assad, your days are numbered,” he said. “You are going down in flames. You should just quit now, while you can, and leave. You are going to die, no matter what. Where you go we will find you and kill you. Do you understand?”

In a February clip, he and another fighter celebrate the apparent downing of a regime helicopter. “Yes, we smoked the mother fuckers, didn’t we,” the English-speaker says with a smile. “Hell, yeah. We smoked about – I don’t know – ten, twenty,” he finishes.

It is not clear how many Americans are fighting in the civil war against Assad, but the speaker in the video would not be the only one fighting alongside the Free Syrian Army. Matthew VanDyke, a self-proclaimed freedom fighter, participated in the uprising against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, then fought in Syria before returning to the United States.

The BBC also reported on two Syrian-American brothers who returned to Syria to fight against the Assad regime.

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