Iraq SITREP 24th 25th 26th 27th and 28th July by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 24-25-26-27-28th July: The Spice/Oil must flow-Iraq announces exporting 2.42 million barrels of oil per day in the month of June Quote of the Day, Shaykh Zakzaky (on possibly the start of Shia resistance in Africa): They shot our brothers and sisters; my son Mahmud, who came from a university in Beirut, was shot in his stomach and died on the way to the hospital. They came back and arrested three of my sons alive and killed two while in their custody. How did they arrest my children without resistance? Our submission to the Nigerian authority is not in doubt hence they took them away. And so what lies are they telling?

24th July: Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations meets with Sistani and releases a press statement after his meeting. He praises Sistani for preventing Sectarian conflict in Iraq, the UN’s gratitude for the civilian lives he has helped save, and seconded Sistani’s call toward the formation of a unity government.
Sistani has refused to meet any EU or US officials so far, from even before the 2003 invasion. He has sanctioned the United States from himself.

24th July: The Iraqi Speaker, Salim Al Jubouri, meets with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, in Baghdad 
24th July: The Peshmergas carry out a multi pronged attack on the remaining southern part of Jalawala, west of Khanaqin, and clear out Daash/rebel fighters. The Peshmergas suffered one dead and seven injured. 
24th July: Fuad Masum is elected the President of Iraq by the Iraqi parliament. He receives 211 votes and becomes the seventh President of a dying Iraq. 
24th July: A convoy carrying prisoners that left from Taji prison, north of Baghdad, is attacked by arm men who later fled. 70 prisoners and a guard are killed. The Iraqi government has instituted an enquiry. 
26th July: Qasim al-Fahdawi, A Member of Parliament from Anbar blames the local government in Anbar for “misguiding” the central government. He stated that the advice given by the local government led to the decisions made by the Baghdad government that weakened the security forces and that they are yet incapable of fighting the Daash led rebels. 
26th July: Riyad al-Athath, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council is kidnapped by unknown gunmen after they attacked his home in Adhamiya, Baghdad. 
26th July: Tribes from the Eastern parts of Karma, North West of Fallujah have started to assist the security forces against Daash/rebel fighters. The tribes were hostile to Daash, which has controlled the area for more than six months, but were unable to act on their own.
26th July: Bombing out of existence: Daash bombs the Prophet Sheet (as) Mosque in Mosul:
Daash had earlier destroyed the Prophet Younus and Jerges shrines in Mosul by bombing them. 
26th July: Maliki orders the release of Dawood al- Jubouri, a Sunni politician and head of the council of Adhamiya a northern suburb of Baghdad, arrested under the country’s anti terrorism laws. Dawood had allegedly “confessed” to security personnel of collusion with Daash/rebels and that Adhamiya would have been used as a base for a rebel push on Baghdad. His release has been brought about by the efforts of Sunni politicians, Osama al Nujaifi, and the current speaker Salim al Jubouri. 
26th July: The Iraqi government has relocated over 10000 Turkoman families from Mosul and Tal Afar to four central provinces of Iraq: Najaf, Karbala, Babil, and Wasit. The families had travelled through Iraqi Kurdistan to get to Baghdad. 
26th July: 15 Daash/rebel fighters are killed by security forces when clearing out the Hamrin gas fields north of Baqouba. 
26th July: Maliki arrives in Sulaimaniyeh to visit former President Jalal Talibani on the latter’s return from Germany 
26th July: Hoshyar Zebari, Former Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames the council of ministers for the current sectarian atmosphere in Iraq and corruption for the collapse/capitulation of the army in early June. 
27th July: The Municipality of Baghdad has planned a carnival like atmosphere for the celebration of Eid. The festivities include games, bazaars and fireworks to light up Baghdad’s night sky. 
27th July: The Iraqi speaker of Parliament, Salim al- Jubouri, arrives in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He is expected to visit Christian families in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. 
27th July: The Iraqi Human Rights Commission issues a statement that over 150 children, mostly Shia, have died on account of heat and disease. The children belonged to families displaced from Tal Afar and Mosul that fled the onslaught of Daash. 
27th July: The Iraqi Kurdistan government is denying claims that appeared in Turkish media that suggested the Kurds had requested the Turkish Army train Kurdish Peshmergas. 
27th July: Security forces are carrying out combing operations in Al Atheem to clear the area of Daash fighters and make it possible for displaced families to return. Eight Daash fighters are killed and six vehicles destroyed on Sunday, arms and ammunition was also recovered. 
27th July: The Iraqi government has reopened social networking sites that were blocked subsequent to the events of June. 
28th July: Counter Insurgency: Government forces kill Nashwan Jassim Mohammed Ibrahim a terrorist wanted for sectarian killing. He was one of the men respomsible for the “liquidation” of Shia and Kurdish prisoners in Badush prison in Mosul. The extermination of Shia and Kurdish prisoners started after Daash took Mosul on the 10th of June. 
28th July: Athel Al Nujaifi, Governor of Nineveh, on the formation of Sunni militias in Mosul to take on Daash “The army that fell apart in that awful defeat and lost its weapons can’t come back to fight again and militias can’t fight in a land that does not accept its presence , in front of this failure in the Iraqi security system and its sectarianism composition , the people of Mosul can only rely on themselves and on Brigades of their sons, which will liberate Mosul.” 
28th July: Former Ba’athist from the Naqshabandi army start to break ranks with Daash, “the forces of counter-revolution… began to emit its toxins in the ranks of the revolutionaries … where a group has committed crimes against Iraq and its people through the displacement of citizens , blowing up landmarks , religious shrines and residential buildings 
28th July: Nikolay Mladenov, the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to Iraq congratulates the people of Iraq on the occasion of Eid and implores them to stand united. 
28th July: The Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan has asked the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, to work towards resolving economic and political issues between the Government in Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. 
28th July: Ismat Rajab of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) survives an assassination attempt on his convoy by an IED. No casualties reported. 
28th July: Terror tactics: Daash is threatening to execute young men in Saadia, 60 km north of Baqouba, if the attacks on Daash are not called off. Two youths have been executed so far. 
28th July: War of Attrition: 10 security personnel including voluntary militia members are killed when a booby trapped house explodes in Al Atheem, Diyala. Security forces continue to defuse explosives. 
28th July: Abu Wissam, a Tunisian and a commander of al Zarqawi battalion is killed along with five terrorists in al Karma, west of Baghdad and north east of Fallujah in Anbar province. 
28th July: Iraq Fighting back: Army trrops and volunteer fighters are gathering in force to attack and break the Daash siege of Amerli, Salah al-Din province south of Tuz Khurma. The sub district was running short of fuel and food and the local elders asked government troops to air lift supplies as an interim measure. 
28th July: Salim Al Joubouri calls for a general amnesty for prisoners on the occasion of Eid excluding those with blood on their hands, but not necessarily on their conscience. 
28th July: No shame in playing politics: Massoud Barzani thanks the people of Kurdistan in accommodating refugees from other parts of Iraq despite the “sanctions” of the Baghdad government 
28th July: The deputy governor of Diyala, Furat al-Tamimi, warns of the threat of reinforced Daash fighters on Hamrin Dam. He pointed out the strategic importance of the dam and requested the armed forces to try and cut the supply lines of Daash and fight a proactive campaign. The key to chess is offence. 
28th July: Iraqi Government suspends its planned fireworks display over Baghdad out of security concerns 
28th July: A fire breaks out on a rubbish heat in Kut al-Hajaj, Basra. Firefighters have to battle hard to extinguish the fire that destroys tons of rubbish. 
28th July: Daash is preventing mourners from visiting cemeteries. They are referring to it as heresy. 
28th July: Fahad al-Qahtani, a Saudi Dassh fighter is killed on the outskirts of Mosul 
28th July: Hamid al-Mutleg, an MP from the Wataniya Coalition condemns the destruction of shrines in Mosul and urges the citizens of Mosul to fight Daash 
28th July: Jalal il-Din al-Sagheer, Iraqi politician and Imam of the Shi’a Buratha Mosque in Baghdad, is targeted with mortar fire on his visit to Shia volunteer militias in Southern Baghdad. No casualties are reported. 
28th July: Thirty one bodies of Daash/rebel fighters are found in Baqouba 
28th July: A roadside bomb kills two civilians in southern Baqouba 
28th July: Four Peshmerga fighters are killed and eight others (including civilians) injured in a car bomb attack on a Peshmerga security Headquaters in Diyala
28th July: France, a state that claims to be secular, offers asylum to Christians displaced by Daash 
28th July: Government claims for today:
7 Daash/rebel fighters killed and three vehicles destroyed in air strikes north of Baqouba
The Iraqi Air Force/Army Aviation kills 200 Daash/rebel fighters in Salah al-Din Province, in and around Kirkuk and another 34 Daash/rebel fighters in Dhuluiya town, Sala al-Din along with 7 vehicles
Air Force carries out bombings of Daash/rebel targets in Fallujah
Hamdi al-Oubaidi, a leader of Daash, is killed in Baqouba along with three Daash/rebel fighters in Baqouba
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25th July: Daash in Syria overruns a Syrian army base in Raqqa and beheads captured Syrian Soldiers. It later mounts their heads on poles and releases a video. The Syrian army is organizing a counter attack. 
26th July: A UN report warns that Daash is day by day growing in strength in Syria. More and more rebels are breaking away from other rebel groups and joining Daash. 
26th July: Nigerian police open fire on Shias returning from a rally held in support of Palestinians. Twenty four civilians are killed and another 40 seriously injured. Sheik Zakzaky’s son, Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky is shot in the stomach and bleeds to death. Three of the Sheik’s sons, Ahmad, Hameed and Ali, are abducted by security personnel and two of them, Ahmed and Hamid, are killed in custody and Ali is left injured with a fractured leg. 
28th July: Iran plans to unveil new radar and missile systems in September 
28th July: The UAE carrier Emirates has decided not to fly its planes over Iraq 
28th July: Bashar Al Assad attends Eid prayers in Damascus. The Syrian government had earlier capturedFurther reading:
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Saudi Efforts to buy off the Palestinians, subvert the resistance, and collude with Israel:

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Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi Injured in Reqqa

Posted on July 28, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- The leader of the Takfiri terrorist group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi has been injured during army’s operations in Syria, a Takfiri activist wrote on his Twitter account.
Al-Baqdadi was injured during the operations of the Syrian army’s Division 17 in Al-Reqqa city, Twitter account-holder Al-Towhid Institute wrote on his Twitter account.
The news came as the Syrian opposition claimed that the Takfiris had taken control of Al-Reqqa, but the army denied the allegations.
Also in the past 24 hours, a member of Homs National Reconciliation Committee announced that the Syrian army and the militants are likely to extend the truce.
The news comes after a number of militant groups in Al-Va’ar of Homs tried to violate the 45-day ceasefire established between the militant groups and the Syrian army.
Meantime, the Syrian army carried out wide military operations against militants’ concentration centers and hideouts in several areas around the country.
An army unit killed a big number of militants by targeting their concentration centers and destroyed vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns in Handarat, Rasem al-Abboud, al-Sheikh Lutfi, Khan al-Asal, Tal Khattab, al-Sheikh Said, al-Zarbeh, Bawabiyeh, Babansh, Haret al-Shahadiyeen, Hreitan and al-Ramousa in Aleppo.
In Daraa, an army unit destroyed a number of cars that were used by militants in Inkhel town and to the South of Khazan al-Oseileh in Daraa countryside.
Another army unit targeted a militant’s concentration center on Qita crossroad in Om al-Mayaden town, killing many of them and injuring others.
In Homs, army units targeted militants’ concentration centers in Kafar Laha, Wadi al-Kahef and al-Quneitrat in the rural area of the province, killing many militants and injuring others.
Also, the Syrian army took control of two important border crossings near the Lebanese border in Al-Qalamoun region.
The army units took control of border passages of Al-Hamra and Al-Massib as well as their surrounding areas.
The army’s attack on Felita town in Al-Qalamoun area resulted in the death of 30 militants affiliated to the Al-Nusra Takfiri terrorist group.
The army destroyed the gathering centers of the militants and destroyed 8 trucks loaded with military equipment. The army also killed tens of terrorists in fierce clashes.
The Syrian army had also earlier made major advances near the borders with Lebanon.
The army units gained control over the strategic regions along Felita-Arsal border checkpoints.
The Syrian army regained control over Al-Massib and Al-Hamra border checkpoints which link Felita region in Syria and Arsal in Lebanon.
Arsal in Lebanon is the most important gathering center of the Salafis and Takfiris. Arsal is also regarded an important region for dispatch of relief aids and weapons to militants in the Western parts of Syria.

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ISIL: The Latest Disastrous Tool of USA Statecraft

“ISIL, at first manipulated by Saudi Arabia, with the capacity to unify a wide swath of Arab territory under its authority and eliminate Iranian influence in the region, became increasingly autonomous, and eventually adopted the ideals of al-Qaeda. … For the sake of its obsessively anti-Iranian stance, Washington permitted the growth of Wahhabi fundamentalism (the most radical branch of Sunni Islam), and the formation of a large army, to which it gave a territorial basis for dominating regions of Syria and Iraq – something that al-Qaeda never succeeded in doing. In all, the United States acted like Harry Potter upon obtaining his first magic wand: it liberated forces it didn’t understand or control.”

By Francisco Carlos Teixeira



Translated By Brandi Miller


July 28, 2014


Brazil – Carta Maior – Original Article (Portuguese)

The Western press, and given its habitual addiction to mimicry, the Brazilian media, have chosen to adopt a narrative that looks at the current Middle East situation in terms of intra-Islamic conflict, highlighting the confrontation between different conceptions of Islam, in particular, between Sunnis and Shiites. In the face of these two radicalized interpretations of the Prophet Mohammed’s message, Islam definitively split, and the formation of viable state units eventually became impossible. In fact, the two sides have confronted one another since the death of the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet, Caliph Ali. There were those who defended maintaining the “Caliphate” in the hands of the wealthy merchants of the Quraysh clan [Sunnis], and the rest, who defended the line of succession remaining within the family of the Prophet, with the descendants of his daughter Fatima who was married to Ali [Shiites]. This become a strong point of division. The caliphate – a form of religious and secular government – was formally abolished between 1923 and 1924, when the Turks consolidated their country as a republic, and the Turkish monarch, the sultan, who was also caliph, lost his titles. Since then, Islam has lacked a caliph in either the Sunni or Shiite tradition.


This division between Sunnis (traditionalists) and Shiites (supporters of Fatima and Ali) has only deepened since their 8th century schism. Shiite contacts with Persian Zoroastrianism, Byzantine Christianity, and the Nestorian heresy, assumed quite a different form from traditional Sunnism, observing festivals, flagellation ceremonies, the worship of saints, relics and shrines (tombs of saints, such as those in Karbala and Najaf, for example), in addition to a total rejection of the caliph (where “caliph” is the title of the “successor” sent by God, and who guards within himself all civil and religious power).


Turkish mastery over the Arabs from the 15th century up to 1918, and after that French and British dominance, only deepened these divisions further, with the colonial powers selecting the Sunnis, more inclined to accept demands and recognize the authority of their colonial rulers, to form the core of pro-Western ruling elites. Thus in Iraq after 1918, a small minority of Sunnis was organized by Great Britain to govern the majority Shiite population. In this way, Sunnis united with Western imperialist interests in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, always resulting in cruel and highly repressive dictatorships.


In the Baath Party regime under Saddam Hussein, there was a precarious arrangement with Christians and a certain tolerance of Shiites, but in the final years of Saddam’s regime, the Shiites, many times supported and encouraged by the United States, revolted against Saddam (a Sunni), and were brutally repressed, with the widespread use of torture and thousands killed.

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Thus the narrative that there is an incapacity to form a viable state due to religious differences conceals the West’s long and continuous intervention in the Arab world and Western responsibility for pitting religious and ethnic groups against each other, all for the purpose of facilitating foreign domination (as it was, for example, in India under British rule, Rwanda under Belgian colonialism, or Nigeria, again, under British rule). Thus the role of imperialism and colonialism, its responsibility for local divisions, including U.S. policy in the region, and before that the continuous colonial interventions of Great Britain and France, which the Americans inherited, are precluded from factual and moral responsibility for the current situation in the region.


The main “cause” pointed at by the media, echoing statements and press releases from the authorities in Washington, is the “incapacity” of Nouri al-Maliki’s government, a Shiite, to “unite” and lead a government with Sunnis and Kurds.


Since it regained its autonomy in the post-Saddam Hussein era, a coalition government has functioned in Iraq – with Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. This mixed parliamentary government, based on a broad ethnic and religious coalition, sought to give voice and rights to the majority of the Iraqi population, which consists of Shiites, and offer controlled autonomy to the Kurds, who were persecuted and killed in large numbers during the years of the Saddam dictatorship.


One of the Shiite militias of the post-Saddam era was the “Dawa,” a group that in addition to confronting al-Qaeda, faced the remnants of Saddam’s Republican Guard and the Americans themselves, who wanted a quick exit from Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Since 2006, the “Dawa” has transformed itself into a political party under al-Maliki’s leadership, which now governs Baghdad with a parliamentary majority. It is in fact a broad but fragile coalition. Opposition to al-Maliki is not centered in the Sunnis because of their exclusion, but in other Shiite groups, including the Mahdi Army and its leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who favors the creation of an Islamic regime in the country.


Nouri al-Maliki was long in exile in Syria (he was sentenced to death by Saddam), and was strongly opposed to the United States. Al-Maliki opposes, in particular, America’s policy of reintegrating large numbers of cadres from the banned Baath Party, the only party in power under Saddam, including the readmission of soldiers loyal to Saddam, police accused of torture, and judges and civil servants from the Baath Party who were involved in the brutal repression of the Saddam era. In the American version, al-Maliki’s refusal is due to his “Shiite” sectarianism. In fact, the United States is proposing that the Iraq government, which was reelected on January 30, 2014, accept and forgive members of Saddam’s government who actively participated in the brutal attacks against the Shiite majority of their own people.


In the name of “national unity,” the United States, once again and in yet another country, just as it did in Latin America, demands that criminals and violators of human rights be brought to power and for the recent past to be forgotten. Washington would much rather see in power men like Ahmed Chalabi, prime minister between 2005 and 2006, a “client” of the CIA, and a U.S. government pensioner. Chalabi, America’s central informant and so-called “man who prepared the invasion of Iraq,” lost his seat in parliament in the last election. Another name defended by the U.S. is Ayad Allawi, a secular leader, former member of the Baath Party, and member of the transitional government after the U.S. occupation administration and before the new free Iraqi government. It so happens that neither has the votes to legitimize their hopes of forming a government. However, just as it was in South Vietnam during the 1960s (with Cao Ky and Van Thieu), the U.S. insists on “naming” the rulers of client states – despite the election results.


Al-Maliki, accused in the past of organizing terrorist attacks against the United States and France, also poses other “inconveniences” for Washington. First, American demands of extraterritoriality for all of its personnel in Iraq, including soldiers, police, and American “contractors” (in other words, mercenaries), was refused by al-Maliki’s cabinet. Thus, under pressure from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009 and 2013), the United States opted to improve and adorn Obama’s “pacifist” foreign policy by completely withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. This was clearly an act of blackmail: either the U.S. largely controlled Iraq’s armed forces and police, with the dominant inclusion of former Baath Party members, or they would leave.


Al-Maliki opted to take the risk and maintain Iraq’s shaky national sovereignty. In addition to this, Baghdad contradicted the U.S. on two fundamental points of Obama’s Middle East policy. On the one hand, it tightened relations with Iran, the largest Shiite-Muslim country ruled by a regime hostile to both Washington and Israel, and on the other, it approached Russia, from which it purchased high performance weapons (the former USSR was an Iraqi ally). Obama-Clinton largely tried to prevent friendly relations among Baghdad, Tehran, and Moscow (al-Maliki’s Dawa Party also possessed strong ties with Iran’s Shiite clergy), which clearly sabotaged American attempts to isolate Iran.


Likewise, Baghdad charted a foreign policy independent of the so-called Arab Spring revoltions, especially in Syria. For Baghdad and Tehran, the situation in Syria was and is completely different from the other “Springs.” Early on, they denounced the extensive foreign intervention from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, Turkey and France, to overthrow the Assad regime, comprised of a coalition of Shiites (Alawite) and Christians, which is nationalist in character, as well as pan-Arab and anti-Israel. Tehran and Baghdad denounced from the outset foreign intervention and the presence of mercenaries and volunteers from the Persian Gulf, financed by Saudi Arabia and armed by England and France, aimed at overthrowing the Damascus regime.


In Syria, a broad Sunni fundamentalist coalition formed that was extremely intolerant and conservative in character: al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, called ISIL in English.


This coalition, in the beginning manipulated by Saudi Arabia, with the capacity to unify a wide swath of Arab territory under its authority and eliminate Iranian influence in the region, became increasingly autonomous, and eventually adopted the ideals of al-Qaeda, which was in the end overcome by the harshness and cruelty of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”


Meanwhile, Al-Maliki caused great discomfort in Washington and Paris by supporting pan-Arab and Shiite groups in Lebanon, where the “Dawa Party,” a Lebanese cousin of Iraq’s Dawa and also very close to Tehran, confronted American and French troops in Lebanon.


Thus in recent years, the Obama-Clinton Administration (2009-2013), drawing ever closer to the American center-right and right, and to Saudi interests in America, has adopted a clear anti-Iran, anti-Dawa, anti-Shiite stance, based on a strategic triangle capable of ruling the Arab world centered in Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. For the sake of this obsessively anti-Iranian stance, Washington permitted the growth of Wahhabi fundamentalism (the most radical branch of Sunni Islam, which executes Shiite clergymen and destroys Shiism’s holy places), and the formation of a large army to which it gave a territorial basis for dominating regions of Syria and Iraq – something that al-Qaeda never succeeded in doing.


Strangest of all, to sum up this immense list of strategic, political, and anthropological mistakes made by Washington, is that the death of Osama bin Laden strengthened and accelerated the fight against the Baghdad government established by the American invasion in 2003. The elimination of the charismatic leadership of bin Laden among his followers and sympathizers allowed for the emergence of dissident forces such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and its proclamation of the “caliphate,” opening up a new and explosive reality in the Middle East.


In all, the United States acted like Harry Potter upon obtaining his first magic wand: it liberated forces it didn’t understand or control. The crucial difference is that in this case, there is clear risk of general chaos and a bitter end for the local peoples.


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From «Qaradawi» to «Bishara» … The «Arab Spring» loaded with oil! من «القرضاوي» إلى «بشارة»… «ربيع عربيّ» مثقل بالنفط

دعونا نعترف أنّ «القرضاوي» و»بشارة» كانا مثالين هامّين، ودليلين أكيدين راسخين، على أنّ النفط أيضاً، أعاد إنتاج نسق المرتزقة والمحتالين والسحرة والمشعوذين والنصابين من الأمة!

وكالة أوقات الشام الإخبارية
خالد العبّودأمين سرّ مجلس الشعب السوري

هل كانت مصادفة أن يكون منظرو «الربيع العربي» في لحظة «اندلاقه» في مكان معيّن ومحدّد كي يبشرونا به، وهل كانت مصادفة أن يهرعوا جميعاً كي يكونوا على منابر حكومات الخليج كي يتحفونا بملحقاته، وكي يعرفونا بخيره وزبيبه وعسله، وكي يدفعوا الناس إليه دفعاً حاداً وبكلّ السبل والأدوات، وهل كانت مصادفة أن يفرزوا ويحدّدوا بين «ربيع» هنا و»شتاء» هناك، وبين «ربيع حقيقي» وبين آخر «مزيّف»؟

وهل كانت لحظة عابرة أو عبثية، تلك التي اجتمع بها منظرو اليسار العربي مع يمينه، كي يهتفوا لهذا «الربيع»، مع فصل حادّ ولا إنساني ولا منطقي بين ما يحصل في ليبيا وما يحصل في البحرين على سبيل المثال، وكي يعتبروا القذافي طاغية وخارجاً على الإسلام، في حين أنّ ملك البحرين يمثل ظلّ الله على الأرض، وهو يحكم بأمر منه وفضل من لدنه؟

لا نعتقد أنّ ما تابعناه كان صدفة، أو كان عابراً وطبيعيّاً، ولم نكن بحاجة إلى زمن إضافيّ كي نستدلّ على هذا الأمر، كما أننا لم نكن بحاجة إلى مزيد من الدم، أو إلى الدم أصلاً، حتى ندرك أنّ ما كان قد حصل منذ لحظته الأولى كان معدّاً ومشغولاً عليه جيداً…

قد نفهم، ونتفهّم، في المعنى المصلحي، كيف يمكن لشخص كالـ»قرضاوي» أن يصطفّ هذا الاصطفاف السياسي الحادّ، نقول السياسي، ولا نعني به الديني أبداً، كما أراد أن يسوّق له «القرضاوي» نفسه، يمكن أن يُفهم على أنّه موقف في سياق اصطفاف «إخواني» جليّ، إلى جانب قوى أخرى أرادت أن تمرّر مشروعها على مستوى المنطقة، باعتبار أنّ «القرضاوي» كان ولمّا يزل جزءاً من النسق «الإخواني» السياسي، غير أنّ الذي لم نفهمه، ولا يمكن أن يُفهم، أن يكون عزمي بشارة جزءاً من هذا الاصطفاف، خاصة أنّ منتج الاصطفاف وحيثياته كانت تتضح، من ليبيا وصولاً إلى العراق، مروراً بتونس ومصر وسورية، ويتجلّى هذا الاصطفاف «الإخواني» بصيغ «تكفيرية» متعدّدة، جذرها غرائزيّ مرتبط بثقافة صحراوية مفتوحة على جفاف حضاري شديد…!

عندما يُفتي «القرضاوي» بأنّ الحاصل في ليبيا «ثورة» ضدّ «نظام» خارج على أمر الله، يخرج علينا بشارة كي يؤكد أنّ هذه «الثورة» جاءت ضدّ «الاستبداد» الذي مارسه «نظام القذافي»، وعندما يُفتي «القرضاوي» بقتل «القذافي» باعتباره «مرتدّاً» عن الإسلام وخارجاً عليه، يطالعنا بشارة أنّ الثورات وفلسفتها عبر التاريخ لا تقوم إلا على الدماء!

لم يكن هذا التناغم بين أقصى اليمين واليسار العربي بعيداً عن فكرة التأسيس له، والاشتغال عليه، وصولاً إلى «ربيع عربي» مطلوب له أن يمرّ، وأن يأخذ شرعية مركبة، أو شرعية مزدوجة، بخاصة أنّ الدول العربية التي اجتاحها «الربيع العربي» كانت مجتمعاتها ليست أحادية الاتجاه، وإنما هي مجتمعات غنية لها أكثر من اتجاه، وفيها أكثر من مكوّن، الأمر الذي استدعى هذا الحضور المركّب والمتعدّد لمنظري هذا «الربيع العربي»!

قد يقول البعض بأنّ الثورات عبر التاريخ لا تقوم إلا بكلّ مكونات المجتمع، ولا تنهض إلا عندما تنهض كلّ أركانه، وهذا صحيح، ونحن إلى جانبه، لكن علينا أن نتذكر جيّداً، وعلينا أن نفرّق بين أن تنهض أركان المجتمع وتياراته، وبين من يريد أن يتحدث باسم أركان المجتمع وتياراته، كي يصل إلى كلّ أركان المجتمع ومكوناته، ويحاول محاكاتها كي يأخذها إلى مشهد يريده، بمعنى آخر، بين أن ينهض المجتمع، وبين من يريد أن يقول بأن المجتمع قد نهض، وبكلّ مكوناته!

أمّا الثانية فهي أنّ ناتج الثورات لا يمكن أن يكون خروجاً على ثقافة قائمة باتجاه سلبيّ، إذ أنّ «الثورة» في رأس فلسفتها أن تأتي بالأفضل، لا أن تأخذ الناس والجمهور نحو الأسوأ، كون أنّ «الربيع» الذي تمّ التنظير والإفتاء له كان يقوم على فرضيات متقدمة جداً، لجهة عناوين أساسية ورئيسية، مثل: الحرية والديمقراطية ومفهوم سيادة الدولة واحترام الآخر والوقوف في وجه الطائفية والديكتاتورية… غير أنّ واقع الحال الصاعد كان في الانزياح المطلق إلى عناوين أعادت المجتمعات التي مرّ عليها «الربيع العربي» إلى مجتمعات القرون الوسطى.

دعونا نعترف إذن، وبكثير من المصداقية والشفافية، أنّ النفط هزمنا في أكثر من معركة، وفي أكثر من عنوان، هزمنا النفط العربي بالعنوان الاجتماعي للأمة، ولا نقول للدولة، فـ «دولة الأمة» لم تنجز بعد، غير أنّ الأمة منجزة، والنفط بهذا المعنى هزمها، عندما لم يقم معنى اجتماعياً متقدماً لمكوناتها وأضلاعها، والنفط هزمها أخلاقياً، عندما لم يوطّد القيمة الحقيقية لرسالتها، من خلال العبث بهذه القيمة وتلك الرسالة، عندما صدّر لنا هذا النسق الفكري الذي لا يتقن غير القتل والذبح والتشفي!

ودعونا نعترف أنّ «القرضاوي» و»بشارة» كانا مثالين هامّين، ودليلين أكيدين راسخين، على أنّ النفط أيضاً، أعاد إنتاج نسق المرتزقة والمحتالين والسحرة والمشعوذين والنصابين من الأمة!


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Army Command: Army establishes full control over al-Shaer Mount, gas fields in Homs countryside

General Command

Damascus, SANA – The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said the army, aided by popular defense groups, succeeded in establishing full control over the al-Shaer Mount and the Gas fields in Homs eastern countryside.

In a statement on Saturday, the Command said the army had carried out precise military operations in the area which resulted in killing large numbers of terrorists affiliated to the terrorist organization of the “Islamic State”, adding that the engineering units are currently clearing these areas of mines and explosive devices.

The Command stressed that the criminal acts of the terrorist groups, including murders, targeting and sabotaging the infrastructure and economic institutions, prove the link between these groups and the U.S.-Zionist scheme, which aims at fragmenting the region and plundering its resources.

The statement stressed the army’s readiness and resolve to fight terrorism and eliminate terrorists, driven by its ultimate faith in victory and adamant will to achieve it.

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael


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Real jihad is in Palestine

Smoke billows from a building in Gaza following and Israeli air assault.

Smoke billows from a building in Gaza following and Israeli air assault.
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:53AM GMT

As of Sunday, Israel was killing Palestinians at a rate of more than 100 per day. Most of the victims are civilians, including large numbers of children, who are being intentionally targeted.

As US Secretary of State John Kerry sarcastically blurted out, it is “one hell of a pinprick operation” when Israel calls in airstrikes to murder little boys playing soccer on the beach.

The current massacre is just the latest episode in a six-decade-long slow-motion genocide. Israel is trying to remove the vast majority of Palestinians from Palestine, by killing some of them and making life impossible for the others. As international law professor Francis Boyle argued at the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal in Malaysia almost one year ago: “The Palestinians have been the victims of genocide as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

In August 2013, the tribunal found Israel guilty of genocide. Perhaps that is why Malaysian planes keep falling out of the sky.

Who is going to stop the Palestinian genocide?

The West is owned by Zionist criminal oligarchs. The United Nations is helpless. Christians have been guilt-tripped into believing that they owe the Zionists a genocide – as long as it is perpetrated against somebody else.
China is too far away and concerned with its sphere of influence. India is occupied by the Zionists who have taken over RAW, the Indian intelligence agency. Russia has its own problems with powerful Zionist oligarchs and their Nazi stooges and thugs. Latin America is too busy trying to free itself from Uncle Sam…and yes, there are Zionist oligarchs there too.

So the only thing standing between Palestine and genocide is the world’s nearly two billion Muslims.

Palestine has been Islamic holy land, administered and protected by Muslims, since 636 CE – which corresponds to the 15th year of the Islamic calendar. Essentially, Palestine has been ruled by Muslims, justly and equitably for the most part, for as long as Islam has existed. It is the duty of every Muslim to protect Palestine, including the Christian and Islamic holy sites.

So where are those two billion Muslims – who outnumber the genocidal settlers in Occupied Palestine 400-to-1 ?

They are being divided, distracted and debilitated by Zionist propaganda…and by the treason of their own rulers.

The Persian Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, could stop the genocide. Saudi Arabia has a pivotal role in global oil production. The biggest player in OPEC, Saudi Arabia could easily launch another oil embargo like the one in 1973…only this time for real. Unfortunately, the Kingdom’s current rulers apparently value their sybaritic lifestyles above the lives of Palestinian children and the sanctity of Islamic holy sites. Many of them are in bed with the Zionists, literally and figuratively.

The governments of other Muslim countries aren’t much better. Of all the Muslim-majority nations, only Iran (and to a lesser extent Syria and Malaysia) is taking serious risks to help the Palestinians defend themselves, and to broadcast the truth about Palestine to the world.

So why are so many self-styled “jihadis” attacking Iran – and the friends of Iran in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq?! In essence these “jihadis” are serving in the Israeli army. Mind-controlled CIA-Mossad stooge Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – or whatever he is calling himself this week – is the de facto head of the Israeli military’s Foreign Legion.

Likewise, in Pakistan, the Zionist-controlled Indian intelligence agency RAW has created a fake insurgency of “Pakistani Taliban.” Some deluded Pakistani Taliban foot-soldiers, like al-Baghdadi’s followers, imagine themselves jihadis fighting to purify Islam. They have a funny way of purifying Islam: killing their fellow Muslims with weapons provided by Zionists and CIA agents like Raymond Davis, who was captured in Pakistan staging “Pakistani Taliban” terrorism.

Pakistani defense analyst and popular TV host Zaid Hamid explains that these fake jihadis are tools of the West’s fourth generation warfare against Islam and Muslims. Fourth generation warfare – the brainchild of William S. Lind and other American and Zionist strategists – uses synthetic insurgencies and false flag terrorism to achieve military and political objectives. The doyens of fourth generation warfare have steered the concept of “jihad” away from its traditional Islamic just-war-doctrine foundations, toward Takfiri terrorism and other counterproductive (to the Muslims) tactics.

So when “Caliph” al-Baghdadi says he doesn’t really care about Palestine, he just wants to kill Shi’a Muslims, recalcitrant traditional Muslims, and Christians, he is waging a very strange kind of “jihad”…a very ZIONIST kind of “jihad.”

The Qur’an says that God hates aggressors; it tells us that when an enemy “drives you out of your homes” it is time to wage defensive jihad. (Note that the word jihad includes the primary meaning of “striving, effort” to be a better person, alongside the secondary meaning of striving to be a better person by risking your life standing up for justice and defending your community.)

The Israelis are systematically murdering Palestinians and driving them out of their homes and have been doing so for more than half a century. Palestine is Islamic holy land. There has never been a more clear-cut case of legitimate defensive jihad.

I am not an Islamic scholar. I have an Islamic Studies related Ph.D. from a secular American university. I am not highly qualified to interpret scripture.
But this issue is a no-brainer. Anyone who had read the Qur’an with a scintilla of understanding, anyone with the faintest acquaintance with just war theory, anyone who even remotely comprehends that our God-given human nature loathes aggression and authorizes self-defense, knows that not just every Muslim, but every human being with a conscience is required to help the Palestinians defend themselves against genocidal Zionist aggression.

What’s more, this one is winnable. A wedge can be driven between the psychotic über-Zionists and the slightly more rational realists who hold power in the West. If we work hard enough, and fight hard enough, we can force the West to acquiesce in the liberation of Palestine. Five million cannot hold out against two billion forever. Like apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Zionist Israel today is approaching its expiration date.

There are fake jihads happening all over the world…Takfiri jihads, fourth generation warfare jihads, imperialist-sponsored divide-and-conquer jihads. These misguided spasms of pointless violence are libels on the noble word “jihad” – a word the Zionist-dominated Western media has dragged through the mud.

To hell with all the fake jihads. The real jihad is in Palestine.

Onward to victory.


Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance, and author of the books Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). His website is
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The USA armed/funded ISIS terrorists in Iraq attacks Christian villages east and north of Mosul

Militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have mounted several attacks on a string of Christian villages in the vicinity of the city of Mosul, which they invaded last month.

Mosul is almost empty of its Christians following a decree by ISIS that they must either pay a tax, convert to Islam or be killed.

About 600 Christian families have fled to the Kurdish region with ISIS militants reported to be turning churches into mosques and even destroying revered Muslim Sunni Shrines and places of worship belonging to non-Muslim communities.

ISIS’s apparent target are three mainly Christian villages – Qaraqoush, Bartilla and Telkeif – all lying within Mosul outskirts.

Iraqis, particularly non-Muslim Sunnis, fear ISIS and have been fleeing in droves even on rumors that the militants were nearby.

There was a second large-scale exodus of Christians from villages to the north of Mosul when clashes erupted between Kurdish militias – peshmerqa – and the militants who wanted to occupy a major pharmaceutical company in Mosul suburbs.

Eventually, ISIS control the company but Kurdish militias have so far held positions.

The Kurds moved their militias into all the so-called ‘disputed territory’ which includes towns and villages where Iraqi minorities like Christians, Shebeks, Turkmen and Yazidis have lived.

Terrified inhabitants are reported to have fled many of these villages, though Kurdish forces are trying to persuade them to return, saying they are in control.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced only in northern Iraq, mainly on sectarian, ethnic and religious grounds.

The invasion by ISIS has resulted in a massive movement of people in Iraq, with Shiites in the mainly Sunni-dominated north and east heading south and Sunnis in the predominantly Shiite south fleeing to ISIS-controlled areas.


داعش و إسرائيل .. قتلوا الأنبياء مرتين

وكالة أوقات الشام الإخبارية

ما الذي يختلف فيه نابشي و مفجري قبور الأنبياء عن قتلتهم..؟

سؤال يباغت كل من يشاهد تسجيلات الفيديو التي تبثها داعش مهللة و مكبرة بتفجير المساجد، و مقامات الانبياء في العراق، الأمر الذي يذكر بما فعله بنو إسرائيل بالأنبياء، من هذا المنطلق يمكن لنا أن نكتشف التنسيق العالي بين قيادات داعش و الموساد الإسرائيلين وهو الأمر الذي ألمح إليه السيد حسن نصر الله في كلمته بمناسبة يوم القدس العالمي.

فنصر الله الذي حذر من إن هذا قد يهيئ الجو العام في فلسطين المحتلة لتقوم سلطات الإحتلال بتدمير المسجد الأقصى، والتي ستسند حينها إلى أن المسلمين أنفسهم هدموا مساجد، ونحن نهدمها لنبني الهيكل -هيكل سليمان- المزعوم.

ممارسات داعش في طرد المسيحيين، و قتل الأقليات الأخرى كالشيعة، تسمح لـ إسرائيل بتصوير عدوانها على غزة على إنها حرب دينية مقدسة خصوصاً و إن رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي قال إن حماس -باعتبارها من تضرب إسرائيل من وجهة النظر الإسرائلية- تشبه القاعدة و بوكو حرام، أي أنهم مسلمين يقتلون المسيحيين و اليهود وبهذا يأجج الجبهة الداخلية الإسرائيلية ضد القطاع و لصالح كسب الدعم الشعبي لـ عدوان إسرائيل على غزة.

و بنفس الوقت نرى أن داعش تخدم اهداف القيادات الكردية في شمال العراق بتحويلهم إلى أقلية مضطهدة ما يبرر أن تتقدم هذه القيادات بتقديم مقترح الإنفصال و إقامة استفتاء حول تقرير المصير .

مصلحة الأكراد في شمال العراق و سواها من المناطق التي يتواجد بها أكراد ذوي نية إنفصالية، تلتقي و مصالح إسرائيل أيضاً، فتصبح في المنطقة أكثر من دويلة مؤسسة على أساس عرقي أو ديني و تخرج إسرائيل من دائرة الدولة “النشاز” في المنطقة بكونها دولة مبنية على أساس التفرقة العنصرية ذات الأساس الديني.

داعش في سوريا، تقاتل الجيش العربي السوري، وتحاول إستنزاف قوته، وهذا يحقق خدمة لـ إسرائيل من خلال تصفية عدو هو الأخطر في عيون إسرائيل لكونه يقاتل بصمن من خلال دعمه للمقاومة اللبنانية و الفلسطينية، ومن خلال إلتزام دمشق بالمقاومة منهجاً ومحوراً تتمسك به، و داعش هنا يقدم الخدمة الجلل، لكنه يفشل وهذا ما يثبت تحوله إلى الأكاذيب الإعلامية خصوصاً فيما يخص المنطق الشرقية من سوريا في الرقة و الحسكة.

داعش تمارس في سوريا و العراق ذات الممارسات الصهيونية القديمة و الحديثة، انتهاك محرمات و المقدسات، وحتى الصلب الذي مارسه اليهود بحق من ظنوه المسيح، مارسته، وتجاوزت على حدود الله، فنحرت و قطعت الأيدي، وهجرت و هدمت المساجد و الكنائس و من ثم .. نبشت و فجرت قبور الأنبياء.. فـ عن أي خلافة إسلامية يتكلم أبو بكر البغدادي الذي تشير معلومات صحفية إلى أنه تدرب على يد الموساد الإسرائيلي، بعد عقد صفقة معه يطلق بها صراحه من غوانتانامو، وإرساله إلى المنطقة لـ يعيث بها فساد مع زمرة من الإرهابيين ..؟
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بالفيديو..تفاصيل عملية الجيش السوري الواسعة بريف اللاذقية



The Islamist maniac Turk regime is pushing for more action but getting less results as rodents continue an eastern migration.


Jabal Al-Kooz:  SAA smashed these Nusra freaks leaving their carcasses to rot in the orchards awaiting sublimation in the soil as fertilizer:

  • Waleed Ismaa’eel
  • Rasheed Daawood
  • ‘Abdul-Ghaffaar Al-Hamuw (EGYPTIAN DERELICT AND WINO)
  • Meelaad Jum’ah

Another 12 were not identified and are believed to be Turks and Turkmen.


Jabal Al-Nawba:  A formation of goat-like slime-carrying fanatics were eradicated by SAA and NDF:

  • Mahmoud BuSa’eed (a/k/a “Abu Turaab Al-Maghribi”, MOROCCAN APE DROPPING)
  • Muhammad Hajju
  • Mahmoud Tabaq
  • Nimr Al-Asmar

Another 10 could not be identified.


Khaan Al-Jawz:  SAA intercepted a convoy of Islamist apes and killed all of them: 

  • ‘Abdul-Rahmaan ‘Eedu
  • Taareq Al-‘Aabed
  • Ishaaq Muhammad
  • ‘Abdul-Ghani Kawrek
  • Waleed Darweesh
  • Ahmad Al-Ghareeq

Another 4 could not be identified.


Kafriyyaa Village:  An attempted and typically inept infiltration to a checkpoint was blasted out of existence:

Taaher Al-Faaroosi (a/k/a “Abu Rawaad Al-Ansaari”, yawn.)

  • ‘Uthmaan Shaykh Al-Bustaan
  • Mahmoud Ismaa’eel
  • Faarooq Al-Daadaa

Another 3 could not be identified.


Jabal Zaahi:  The SAA sniped out an entire pack of rodents from higher positions.  Wael says they are becoming desperate and moving around without aim:

  • Muhssin Fattooh
  • Haamid Siraajuddeen
  • Khaleel Al-Abrash

Another 6 were deemed foreigners and their names are being released. This usually means they are agents of a foreign government.


More fighting reported on the border with Turkey at:  Al-‘Idu Village, Al-Shumaysa, Al-Zuwayk, Al-Qasab.  





Qasr Al-Beetaar Farms:  An attempted infiltration from the farms to ‘Itmaan was annihilated.  6 confirmed dead rats.


East Al-Maleeha (Der’ah):  2 pickups with 23mm cannons destroyed and 8 counted dead on those.  Another 4 vans loaded with terrorists were destroyed killing 23 rodents, all Jordanians or carrying dual Jordanian and Palesteezian papers.


Jaassem/Inkhil Road: SAAF scorched a convoy of vehicles carrying resupply intended for litter-mates in Inkhil.  No exact numbers on dead rodents.


Khirbat Al-Maleeha east of Umm Al-‘Awsaj:  A reported 17 dead rats.  No survivors.


West Khazzaanbehind Simleen/Zimreen Junction:  Fighting with no details.


Basr Al-Hareer Road:  Ditto.


‘Itmaan:  SAA dispatched all rats in a pack and destroyed a cannon and heavy machine gun.  No other details.


Daa’el: Another miserable attempt to attack a checkpoint in Ibta’ went to the sewer when alert infantrymen opened fire on the approaching vermin.


Al-Nu’ayma Village:  3 rats killed and 9 taken prisoner in an SAA ambush.


East Naahita:  Fighting with no details.


Tal Khudhr Northwest:  Ditto.


‘Itmaan:  A pack of rats hiding inside a block of buildings where they would fire on civilians were annihilated in a very precise but slow operation to eradicate them.  Monzer reports over 30 killed but he has no names.


Kharaab Al-Shahm/Al-Yaadoodaa Road:  Big numbers of dead rats. It’s hard to get information during Ramadhaan.


Der’ah City at the Electric Station and the City Square: Skirmishing.





GAZA:  Note to readers. The Zionist Khazar State is concealing actual casualties from the public.  SyrPer can assure its readership that Zionist rat fatalities are over 100 as of July 24, 2014.  We’ll have more later.

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Reading Nasralla’s Speech on Al-Quds Day

كلمة السيد حسن نصر الله في يوم القدس العالمي 25 07 2014

  خالد العبود _ قراءة في كلمة سيد القاومة في اليوم العالمي للقدس 25 07 2014

غالب قنديل _ قراءة في خطاب سيد المقاومة في اليوم العالمي للقدس / المنار 


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Sayyed Nasrallah Commemorates al-Quds Day among People : We support our Palestinian Brothers

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Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared before the thousands of people who came to take part in al-Quds day ceremony in Sayyed al-Shuhada complex.

The ceremony, scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. on the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan, held the surprise presence of Sayyed Nasrallah, who thanked the people for participating in the event, despite the current circumstances and dangers.

Sayyed Nasrallah expressed condolences to the families of the AlHizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gerian plane victims, saluted the souls of the Gaza war victims and martyrs, to the July 2006 martyrs, the resistance fighters, the wounded, and the resilient people who continue to preserve the resistance, which is the only hope to the people.

“In light of the latest events, especially in the Gaza Strip and the coming of al-Quds International Day, I saw that we must meet here, in this place which has become familiar with the funerals of our martyrs, the reception of our liberated detainees and our celebrations of triumph and victory.”

Sayyed Nasrallah reminded that al-Quds Day is a motivation and a reminder of the central cause, so that al-Quds and Palestine remain in our hearts, minds, culture, work and in our priorities.


He noted “Imam [Ruhollah] Khomeini designated the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramadan as al-Quds International day to assure the holiness and importance of this Islamic cause.”

Sayeyd hassan Nasrallah Sayyed Nasrallah said that following the Zionist occupation of Palestine, “the Zionists have worked for long years -and are still- working on eliminating the Palestinian cause, considering that the Palestinian people no longer exist and that al-Quds has become meaningless to Muslims and Christians and that al-Quds has become the eternal capital of so-called Jewish state.”

“The Zionists did not consider at all returning even one meter of the Palestinian land to its owners, and therefore we consider that consensus over al-Quds is absolute,” He went on to say.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that today, “Gaza is being slaughtered, other priorities prevail in other Arab countries such as the issues of gas and of wages. These are rightful demands but “Israel” wants these to become the crucial cause so that the Palestinian cause would be forgotten.”

He assured that “the Palestinian people, whether inside Palestine, in exodus, or in camps, and despite all the harsh living conditions still adhere to their land, cause, sanctities, and rights and refuse to give up and be oppressed.”

He further explained “Isolating Palestinians on the psychological, political, and emotional levels from the region’s people is the most dangerous thing that has been committed during the past years. People in the region have reached a state in which Palestine no longer means anything to them. This is being witnessed in Arab media. And even in Lebanon, there is an effort exerted to choose a Palestinian suicide bomber, to differentiate between Palestinians and other nationalities.”

Sayeyd hassan Nasrallah

His Eminence stressed “Hence, despite all the conspiracies, the Palestinian cause continues to dominate over the Arab countries and the world.”

On another note, Sayyed Nasrallah iterated that there is a black ops. room, that has been in action since decades, that works on breaking any relations or links between the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Egyptians, and Palestinians.

Also, he mentioned that adhering to the Palestinian cause is one of the reasons for Syria’s resilience and for the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

“What we are experiencing today as a nation and as an Ummah is the most dangerous situation ever since the occupation of Palestine and it is because of the systematic destruction of countries, armies, people and societies.”

Sayyed Nasrallah vehemently condemned what the Muslims and Christians alike are facing in Iraq, also the destruction of religious shrines, mosques, churches and the Aqsa mosque.

“Iraq has entered a dark tunnel under the name of Islam and Islamic Caliphate and Christians are experiencing forced migration, Sunnis are clashing with ISIL and do not have an option other that being slaughtered or joining IS, and Shiites are only faced with killings. As Muslims today, it is among our duties to condemn what Christians and Muslims are experiencing in Iraq.”

Sayeyd hassan Nasrallah

His Eminence also added that “The US, the West, and the UN Council cover the war, some Arab regimes are also conspirators, yet on the other hand, the people pf Gaza held tight onto the resistance, there has been political steadfastness to the stances of the resistance movements,” noting “I tell you all, that what will determine the situation is the tripartite equation of the battle on field, the popular steadfastness, and the political determination.”

Sayyed Nasrallah assured “We can fully understand what is happening in Gaza today because the same thing happened in the July 2006 war. The “Israelis” took advantage of the kidnapping of the three settlers, which was falsely blamed on Hamas, and was a pretext to start war.”

“I tell Gazans that only civilian and political resistance will put an end to the conflict,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

According to the Hizbullah leader, “The objective of the war is not Hamas only but all the resistance including every tunnel, rocket, and weapon in Gaza.”

He also accentuated that Gaza, while burying its martyrs, has triumphed through the logic of the resistance and will triumph in the future, reiterating “When we reach day 18 of the war amid Israeli and international failure to achieve goals in Gaza, this means the resistance has triumphed.”

Sayyed Nasrllah stated that the “Israelis” will eventually realize they cannot continue as such, and they will call on the Americans to look for a solution.

He also clarified that the “Israelis” totally failed in their goal, due to a few major reasons.

“First, there was an “Israeli” confusion in determining the goal of the war. Second, the “Israeli” intelligence failed in determining the capacity of the resistance and the location of rockets and of fighters, and third, the air force failed in the battle and this is an important thing for Gaza and for Lebanon.”

Sayyed Nasrallah elaborated that as “Israel” majorly failed in achieving its goals and felt helpless before the letdown, it resorted to killing innocent children and targeting civilians and inhabited areas, in order to exert pressure on the incubating environment of the resistance, exactly what it had tried to do in the 2006 July war.

“The same thing happened in Lebanon. They wished people would stop protesting in Lebanon but this did not happen thanks to you, the most honorable people.”
“Ehud Barak had said that any future “Israeli” war waged will be quick and victorious, but this fell with the current Gaza war,” Sayyed added.

The Secretary General noted that since the first day, the resistance’s goals were clear and included: “lifting the siege, resilience in the battlefield, greatness in the battlefield, taking initiatives in the battlefield, continuing to fire rockets, and launching rockets to target unprecedented places.”

He went on to say “This is the first time rockets are launched from within the Palestinian territories to target the occupied land. There is great trust in God and in the resistance, popular resilience, there is no pressure on the resistance in Gaza instead people are embracing it, and there is political resilience and a rejection of regional and international pressure.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also pointed out “Our responsibility towards this crucial event remains putting all differences, sensitivities, and problems aside regarding several issues to approach the Gaza case as a people and a resistance’s cause that does not entail any confusion between the good and the bad…Gaza, with all its blood, human remains, and victories, must be above all considerations, all calculations and all sensitivities.”

He further stated “Unfortunately we heard in some Arab media outlets those who hold the resistance responsible for the blood. It is shameful and sad to find an Arab on an Arab network sympathizing with “Israeli” soldiers…We call on Arab and Islamic nations to endorse lifting the siege because it contributes to daily Palestinian deaths.”

Also, Sayyed Nasrallah accentuated that “Iran and Syria along with the resistance in Lebanon, particularly Hizbullah, have not fallen short in supporting the Palestinian resistance for years with all available media, financial and logistical means,” adding “Hizbullah did and will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and by the resistance in Palestine. Hizbullah did not spare any support for the resistance.”

His Eminence highlighted that “Hizbullah and the Palestinian resistance are real partners in struggle and in hopes and the resistance victory is a victory for us all.”

“We tell our brothers in Gaza we are with you and beside you and we will do anything that we perceive is a duty on all fronts. We tell the Zionists, you are in the circle of the frail spider web, do not move further to approach the circle of suicide.”

Source: al-Ahed news

25-07-2014 | 17:43


Isis orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo FGM, says UN

Iraqi families displaced by the Isis offensive in Mosul and northern Iraq at a refugee camp near Irbil. Photograph: Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Jul 24, 2014, The Guardian

The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq‘s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.

The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Irbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

No one was immediately available for comment from Isis, which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

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Christian leaders express shock at world silence after ISIS expels Iraqi Christians

Iraqi Christians pray during a mass at the Saint-Joseph church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 20, 2014.(Photo: AFP-Safin Hamed)
Published Thursday, July 24, 2014
The patriarchal residence in the town of Atchanah in Lebanon’s Metn region brought together yesterday representatives of the churches of Mosul five days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forced Iraqi Christians out of the city. This is the first time that Mosul’s Christian population has been driven out of the city and is the largest forced displacement since the Armenian genocide. Nevertheless, there are people who still believe in returning despite a Western and Arab failure to act.

About 10,000 Christians left Mosul. Nothing like this has happened since the Armenian genocide in Turkey about a hundred years ago.


Until last week, ISIS was just a “joke” or a “boogieman created by the Syrian regime to scare minorities and keep them by its side.” That is why kidnapping the two bishops, Boulos al-Yazigi and Youhana Ibrahim, near Aleppo a year and a half ago did not serve as an adequate warning of how serious and extremist these fundamentalist movements are. The occupation of Maaloula and the burning of its churches did not change anything in the Syrian scene and the kidnapping of the nuns was not met with a response proportional to the crime. All this passed in absolute lightness as some Lebanese politicians scoffed at the fundamentalist danger: this is the people’s revolution.
Last February, ISIS issued a decree similar to Mosul’s decree in the Syrian city of al-Raqqa, asking Christians to pay a religious levy in gold and minimize the appearances of any of their religious paraphernalia. Then they began carrying out judgements based on “Islamic law” from lashes to killing, crucifixions and stoning. But it is that same old lightness – intentional perhaps – that drove some to say “there are people extending the life of the regime by fabricating news and videos and misleading journalists and foreign news agencies.” That is why it took ISIS crossing the Syrian border towards Iraq for some people to become conscious of the danger… and recognize it, if only to avoid embarrassment.
Last Saturday was the deadline that ISIS gave Christians in Mosul to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy, leave the city or die by the sword. As a result, about 10,000 Christians left Mosul. Nothing like this has happened since the Armenian genocide in Turkey about a hundred years ago.
Ignatius Aphrem II, patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Antioch and All the East, said that most of the Christian families fled to Kurdistan and the Nineveh Plains while others went to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Remarkably, Aphrem II said that some families insisted on staying in Mosul, adding: “we lost contact with them.” Until now, “there is no information whatsoever about the fate of these families,” he confirmed.
Yesterday Aphrem II headed a meeting at the patriarchal residence in Atchanah – Bikfaya, five days after the “war crime,” as he called it in his message, that included representatives of the five churches found in Mosul to discuss the situation of Christians in the city. The ecclesiastic gathering was large, it included patriarchal vicar of the Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Diocese, Youhanna Jihad Battah, Chaldean bishop of Lebanon, Michel Kasarji, priest of the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon, Fr. Yathroun Koulianos, general secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches, Fr. Michel Jalkh, Fr. Carlo Yeshuah, associate secretaries of the Middle East Council of Churches, Deacon Jimmy Danho and Mr. Elias Halabi, bishops of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Lebanon, president of the Syriac League, Habib Afram in addition to the Iraqi cleric Abdel Rahim al-Musawi, Iraq’s Ambassador in Lebanon Dr. Raad al-Alousi and Iraq’s consul in Lebanon, Dr. Walid Abdel Qader al-Issa.
In his message, Patriarch Aphrem II condemned incidents “considered barbaric and unprecedented in the history of Christian-Muslim relations in this region. ISIS systematically forced Christians out of the city of Mosul labeling them with racist signs and symbols, humiliating and luting them.” He called on Muslims and their leaders to “take a clear stance,” expressing astonishment at the prevailing silence “except for some Muslim religious leaders and civil dignitaries.” He went on to say that injustices such as “burning churches and taking over holy sites will not compel us to ask for Western protection or help.”
He declared however: “We are going to address the United Nations (UN) and the highest international and human rights fora to hold them accountable to the Bill of Rights they claim to support.” He called on the Iraqi government and “Kurdish brothers” to protect Christians. He also said that an urgent meeting will be convened soon with the patriarchs of the East and a Christian delegation from the East will be formed to take this issue before the UN and other international platforms.

“Mosul deserves a united news bulletin like Gaza.”


In response to a question on whether the church is in contact with Iraqi authorities, Ephram II said there is no direct coordination with any of the civil or political authorities in Iraq but the bishops are in contact with Kurdish authorities to “secure a decent living for our children.” The patriarch asserted that “these terrorist parties are supported by states.” At the same time, he held the Iraqi government responsible for the security and safety of Iraqi Christians.
 Sheikh Abdel Rahim al-Musawi described what is happening as “ethnic cleansing. It is our moral, national and religious duty to stand in solidarity. Not just stand in solidarity but we should go a lot further than that, we should go to the highest international organizations in the world to put a stop to this abuse of people’s lives, blood and property.”
The conference, which was broadcast live on a number of TV stations, did not last more than half an hour. However, as expected, its resonance ended with the end of the broadcast. Iraq’s Christians were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2003 and now they are going through the same experience again after 11 years amid a lethal Western and Arab silence. One of the churches of Mosul, built 1,500 years ago, was burned and crosses have been removed from other churches.
Mosul’s Christian families have fled to relatively safe areas in Iraq. Most of them today are housed in schools or are simply out on the sidewalks as they wait for refugee camps to be built or to be transferred to decent housing. According to those present, there are no armed Christian groups except those guarding villages and cities.
This is the first time that Mosul is emptied of its Christians amid fear that ISIS might reach other areas in the Nineveh province. Patriarch Aphrem II and the heads of other churches are trying as much as possible to put pressure on relevant parties, for “we still believe in returning.” In the end, they issued a message to the Lebanese media: “Mosul deserves a united news bulletin like Gaza.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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ISIS exposed at House of Lords

Dr. Morrow is bringing the ancient Covenants of the Prophet to the world - at a propitious moment


Dr. John Andrew Morrow is the author/editor/translator of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. Based on some of the oldest manuscripts in the history of Islam, this book shows that the Prophet Muhammad (peace upon him) made agreements with various Christian communities that are binding on all Muslims till the end of time. These agreements require Muslims to protect and defend Christians. Today, some self-styled Muslim extremists and obscurantists are persecuting Middle Eastern Christians. This must stop!

According to credible reports, ISIS has killed hundreds if not thousands of Christians in Syria, and is now in Iraq ethnically cleansing Mosul of its ancient Christian community. Yet the US and its allies are not just standing by – they are the ones who created, trained, and funded ISIS and unleashed it on the people of the region!

On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, Dr. John Andrew Morrow, author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, delivered the following declaration at the House of Lords in the United Kingdom:

I am here to express my solidarity with the people of Iraq.

The Muslim world suffers from a crisis of leadership. The traditional religious and political infrastructure was dismantled by Western colonialists and imperialists as well as internal decay.

A void was created and that void has been filled by those who offer the loudest voice and the biggest bank accounts.

The situation in Syria and Iraq is the product of poor foreign policy.

Western powers have a history of sometimes supporting terrorists abroad and then they expect us to contain them domestically.

Who created ISIS? Who supported ISIS? Who funded, armed, trained, and advised ISIS?

You cannot mobilize 100,000 foreign-backed fighters and mercenaries in Syria and Iraq without the complicity of the surrounding countries and without the support of regional powers.

History is our greatest teacher.

Experience should inform our decisions.

Present decisions impact our future.

Supporting the Mujahidin, in the way we did, gave us al-Qaeda.

Supporting the Syrian rebels, the way we have, gave us al-Nusra and DAISH, this so-called “Islamic” State of Iraq and the Levant.

In their attempt to remove little devils, they replaced them with greater devils.

It’s sad to say, but Libya had more stability under Qaddafi.

It’s sad to say, but Egypt had more order under Mubarak.

It’s sad to say, but Syria was more stable under Assad.

What can we do? What can be done?

1) For starters, pressure Western powers to stop supporting groups, directly or indirectly, that persecute Christians, Shi’ites, Sunnis, and anyone else who opposes them.

2) Help put a halt to religious colonialism. Take steps to prevent outside interference in our religious affairs in the West. Stop the spread of Takfiri-Jihadi preachers and propaganda.

3) Support the dissemination of traditional Islam and by traditional civilizational Islam, I include the Sunnis, the Shi’ites, and the Sufis.

4) Help reconnect Muslims to their spiritual tradition: the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the true Shari’ah, and, most critically, the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.

The Covenants of the Prophet provide an authentic model for Muslims to follow with real implications. They can’t solve the ISIS crisis. They can, however, help undermine the theological and political foundation of so-called “Islamic” extremism. They can also help galvanize Muslims around foundational primary sources which came straight from the Prophet.

The real army of Islam is not ISIS.

The real army of Islam are those who oppose them while abiding by the Islamic rules governing combat.

Who speaks for Islam?

It certainly isn’t ISIS and other terrorists who slaughter, unarmed men, women, and children; who crucify Christians and who cannibalize corpses.

Who speaks for Islam?


And those who terrorize Muslims and Christians have broken the Covenant of the Prophet, made a mockery of Islam, and merit the malediction of Allah.

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By Eva Bartlett

Yawaadna, she said. We’re used to this.

My young friend, in her early twenties and about 5 months pregnant, called me this evening, after I’d spoken with her husband earlier.

Her voice was tired, at times hard to hear, but she was quietly defiant…as are most in Gaza.

They live in central Gaza, in the same town as the Aqsa hospital which was savagely bombed earlier today, killing at least 4 Palestinians. RT reported:

Four Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded after an Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the third floor housed an intensive care unit and operating theaters. Other shells had fallen around the hospital, he added, with officials calling on the Red Cross to help evacuate patients.

A doctor at the hospital, Fayez Zidane, told the station that shells hit the third and fourth floor as well as the reception area.

“There is still shelling against the hospital,” he said speaking to AP. He said he found bits of a rocket, presumably from one of the projectiles.

Zidane appealed to the Red Cross and a nearby hospital to send help.

There have been conflicting reports about the number of people injured following the attack. Reuters has put the figure at 16, while AP says 60 have been wounded, including 30 medics.

My lines blur, between activist and freelancer and human being who has loved ones in Gaza. In the Nov 2012 war on Gaza, I was in that very hospital with a dear one, documenting the criminal massacre. And while this documentation is imperative, and there are many Palestinians and some internationals doing so, I selfishly say thank goodness my friend stayed home… although that means little in the end, the Zionist war machine tearing down homes with entire families in them.

The lines which do not blur and which have become more focused are the absolute obligation to support Resistance, who are fighting against foreigners, occupiers, and for the very lives of Palestinians, and in Syria, Syrians, against largely foreign insurgents whose “revolutionary” tactics include: car-bombing civilian areas, mortaring (with insidious mortars packed with bits of jagged metal, glass… whatever will inflict as much pain and damage as possible upon their civilian targets), cutting–often sawing, not enough the luxury of a swift stroke, but instead a jagged blade, a slow and brutal death, stoning to death, using chemical weapons, and if not murdering flogging, cutting off hands…

It’s time to really bring Resistance to the forefront and erode the stigma corporate media and Western governments have tagged them with. They have a legitimate and legally-lauded right to resist.

The countless Syrians I met in Syria, Lebanon and Canada were uniform in their unwavering support of Palestine. Hezbollah has again come out with statements of unwavering support for Palestine.

These, the Resistance, and the medics/rescuers, and the Palestinians resisting in so many ways throughout occupied Palestine and proxy-warred Syria are my heroes and inspiration.

ISIS, the USA’s armed & funded terrorists in Iraq, have killed 5.600 so far this year

U.N. accuses Islamic State of executions, rape, forced child recruitment in Iraq

(Reuters) – The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.

In a report, the U.N. focused on a range of violations committed against civilians, particularly by the Islamic State, though it also said Iraqi forces and allied fighters had not taken precautions to protect civilians from violence.

“(This)…may also amount to war crimes,” it said in its report into months of unrest which culminated in advances by Sunni militants led by the al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, across the north of the country.

“ISIL and associated armed groups have also continued to… perpetrate targeted assassinations (of) community, political, and religious leaders, government employees, education professionals, health workers… sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, forced recruitment of children, kidnappings, executions, robberies.”

The report, the U.N.’s most comprehensive review of the impact of months of unrest, also accused the Islamic State of wanton destruction and plundering of places of worship and of cultural or historical significance.

“Every day we receive accounts of a terrible litany of human rights violations being committed in Iraq against ordinary Iraqi children, women and men, who have been deprived of their security, their livelihoods, their homes, education, healthcare and other basic services,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry, citing testimony from a survivor, said this week that an investigation had revealed the Islamic State took 510 Shi’ite prisoners from a Mosul prison to nearby farmland and executed all but 17 who managed to flee.

The report also detailed violations committed by government forces and affiliated groups, citing “summary executions/extrajudicial killings of prisoners and detainees”, which it said may constitute a war crime.



Of the 2,400 people killed in June, 1,531 were civilians, the U.N. said earlier this month.

The report called on the government to investigate serious violations and to hold the perpetrators to account. But the capacity of the Shi’ite-led caretaker government to do so in the face of a Sunni uprising that threatens to fracture the country on sectarian and ethnic lines may be limited.

Iraqi politicians have yet to complete the formation of a new government more than three months after parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki faces pressure from Sunnis, Kurds and some Shi’ites to step aside after two terms in office in which his critics say he marginalized opponents.

In an interview published on Friday, Maliki, whose Shi’ite State of Law bloc won the most seats in parliament, reiterated his determination to form the next government.

“In free and democratic elections, we won the most votes and the constitution says that the leader of the strongest faction forms the government, so I want to run again for the post of prime minister in parliament,” Maliki said in an interview with German mass-selling daily Bild.

He said some groups were trying to bypass the election result: “But we insist that the opinion and decision of the people be respected, and we won’t make any compromises at the expense of the people and the legitimacy of the state.”

As well as a new prime minister, parliament must agree on a likely replacement for President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany for treatment since suffering a stroke in December.

Talabani’s office said he will fly back to Iraq on Saturday.

Although the presidency is a largely symbolic role, Talabani was widely seen as a unifying figure, both within Iraq and his own Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party, which has struggled to contain internal divisions without him at the helm.

This week the PUK’s Najmaldin Karim, who is also governor of Kirkuk, submitted his candidacy for president without the blessing of party leaders, sources said, challenging Barham Saleh, who had been touted as frontrunner for the position.

In the first, silent footage to be broadcast of him earlier this year, Talabani appeared much weakened, suggesting he is unlikely to be able to resume an active role in politics.

Parliament is due to meet next Wednesday for the next session of talks on choosing a political leadership to tackle the conflict, which has displaced more than 1 million people this year, according to the United Nations.

Uprooted by the violence, the displaced live in “cruel and difficult” conditions, the country’s top Shi’ite cleric said in Friday sermon, criticizing Iraqi and international agencies for ignoring their plight.

“The institutions concerned with this are still not meeting the scale of the hardships and suffering, despite the promises that we heard of help,” Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani said in a sermon delivered by an aide the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala.

Security sources and witnesses said fighting continued on Friday in several towns north of Baghdad. Near the military base at Muqdadiya, 50 miles (80 km) north of the capital, militants blew up a bridge to prevent Kurdish Shi’ite tribes bringing reinforcements to confront them, they said.


(Additional reporting by Isabel Coles in Arbil, Raheem Salmana and Isra’ al-Rube’i in Baghdad and Michelle Martin in Berlin; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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July 19th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Daashing Christians in Iraq

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Quote of the Day (Courtesy of Robert Fisk), Jonathan Whittall of the Médecins Sans Frontières referring to his job of providing medical aid to Palestinians in Gaza being akin: “to patch(ing) up prisoners in between their torture sessions “

18th July: The Iraqi Government is coordinating with French authorities is trying to reclaim Iraqi assets of the previous regime in France.

19th July: The representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Nikolai Meladanov, visits Najaf and meets with Ali al-Sistani. He later tells reporters that Sistani stressed on the formation of a government that was acceptable to all Iraqis. Meladanov also visited three other Shia Marjas in Najaf: Mohammed Said al-Hakim, Bashir al-Najafi, and Muhammad Isehaq al-Fayyad.
19th July: Baha al-Araji, an MP with the Sadr al-Ahrar political bloc has asked the Kurdish authorities to expedite their nomination for the post of President.
19th July: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of President Jalal Talibani has selected Fuad Massoum as its Presidential candidate. Massoum is believed to be close to Jalal Talibani.
19th July: Amnesty International is reporting of gross Human Right violations by Daash. Daash militants have been cited as carrying out sectarian kidnappings and murders of Shia civilians in areas that it captured.
Amnesty also singled out the Iraqi government for indiscriminate air strikes and shelling of Daash held areas and of the death of 100 detainees.
Amnesty has asked the region of Iraqi Kurdistan to open up its border crossings. The Kurdish autonomy government placed restrictions on non Kurdish Iraqis along its border.
19th July: Human Rights Watch has released a statement highlighting the kidnappings and murder of Daash rebels. The victims have been primarily Turkoman Shias, Yazidis, Christians, and Shabak Ethnic groups.
19th July: In response to Jordan hosting the yet to be named group of opposition parties to the Iraqi Government, the Iraqi government is considering the cessation of oil shipments to Jordan. Iraq has been supplying oil to Jordan at US$10/barrel. The opposition group called for the overthrow of Iraq’s government and consisted of former Ba’athist, current Islamists, former army men and Iraqi Sunni politicians.
19th July: Amer al- Kenani, an MP of the Ahrar block (Sadr’s party) has told Kurdish press that the State of the Law Coalition of Maliki may be contemplating some other candidate for Prime Minister. State of the Law Coalition is Prime Minister Maliki’s party and holds the largest number of seats in the house. Maliki won the election with 700,000 votes.
19th July: Daash has released guidelines for the type of “Abaya” or cloak that can be sold by shopkeepers and worn by women. Manufacturers have been asked to approach the “Centre of Calculations” to determine these specifications. All non Daash specified apparels will be confiscated in 5 days time.
19th July: The DI of Daash had issued a decree asking Christians in Mosul to either:
Become Muslims
Pay Religious Tax
The Christians of Mosul chose “d) None of the above” and have left Mosul in mass.
Daash had earlier removed all Christian Doctors and Nurses from their jobs and prevented them from working.
19th July: Iraqi armed forces have taken back control of Nofal and al-Sodor villages in Diyala. Ten Dassh/rebel fighters were killed in the assault on these villages. Some of the rebel dead are non Iraqi Arabs.
19th July: A Suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in the south of Baghdad has left 7 dead and wounded 19. Baghdad was hit by five car bombs in mostly Shia neigbourhoods killing 26.
19th July: A mortar attack on a security post of the Peshmergas in Jalawlaa, Diyala leaves 5 Peshmergas injured/dead
19th July: Daash terrorists are preventing Christians leaving Nineveh from carrying their possessions and money. Their properties are being looted by Daash.
19th July: Atta’s/Government claims for the day:
Government air strikes have destroyed 3 vehicles and 7 Daash/rebel fighters near Baiji refinery


19th July: More “proof” that Daash is American: Daash is suing Al Qaida. Five Islamists in Jordan have taken Abu Mohammed Al Maqdissi (cleric sympathetic to Al Qaida) to Sharia court for claiming that the DI of Daash (Daulat Islamia) was un-Islamic.
19th July: Iran has said that it is willing to allow commercial/passenger flights over its airspace after the shooting down of the Malaysian Airliner in a possible false flag operation carried out by the pro US Ukrainian government.
19th July: Samir Zaitoun of the Tawheed Brigade (an anti regime militia) in Syria claims that half of the foreign fighters in Aleppo have got disillusioned and left in the last year. He states that most of them expected a “whirlwind” Jihad over the summer.
19th July: Iran has edited parts of the Oscar winning film “The Message” that it felt distorted historic facts. The edited version is more in keeping with the Shia Hadees narrative.
19th July: The Iranian nuclear negotiations have been extended till the 24th of November 2014. Meanwhile, the centrifuges keep spinning.

Further Reading:

Understanding Kurdistan: When the Kurds win, everybody else looses, except Israel:
An analysis of the current situation in Iraq


Who stands behind the war on Gaza? A must watch

رفيق نصر الله _ الحدث / الجديد 19 07 2014


River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian   

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 Did Al-Assad Really Triumph?

Sami Kleib – Al-Akhbar newspaper

18-07-2014 | 10:12

A few days ago, Syrian oppositionist Michel Kilo wrote two consecutive articles on “the New Arab” website, which epitomized a concrete scandal of the work of the Syrian Coalition and its former head, Ahmad al-Jarba. Kilo said al-Jarba had “gone beyond the standards of democracy,” and accused him of “pushing the revolution towards the abyss with his ignorance and stupidity.”

Will President al-Assad find better words than the leftist oppositionist and other figures among the opposition about the fragmentation of it [the opposition] to say in his fresh swearing-in address, “Some givens have fallen, coalitions have been broken, councils have been ripped away and committees have been torn apart.”

In fact, as Kilo was writing his articles, the Syrian army was carrying on its regaining control in Aleppo, while Hizbullah was taking hold of Qalamoun and border regions. Arabs, for their part, were watching from afar the scene of the “Israeli” criminality n Gaza on one hand and wondering how to deal with IS and its Islamist caliphate in Iraq on the other. Amid all this, Assad certainly felt that he could deliver a speech that is less tense than the aforementioned and to say to his auditors, “Congratulations on your revolution and your victory;” since the other revolution killed its own sons and dreams faded away across the realms of IS, ending up in an unmatched political and military fight.

What are the most remarkable notes on al-Assad’s address?

- In form, Assad gave the first sign from the very outside, during the parade of the presidential guards. This shows a sense of reassurance in terms of security in Damascus and reflects the full control over most of the capital’s countryside. The time when bombs should have hit the presidential palace has gone.

- Also in form, al-Assad repeatedly threw jokes. Reading between their lines, one can sense his relief and his seeking to bond with the audience, in addition to his ridiculing threats. The comments of his supporters right after the speech on Facebook show well that Assad succeeded in reassuring them to the maximum.

- It is one of the rarest times, if not the first, that Assad speaks to his people with an emotional rhetoric, albeit he is known for favoring the serious academic aspect of speeches. Yet this time, he tackled the “proud woman,” and “the old lady,” and even the “wounded soldier,” who all came to cast their vote. He finally listened to the advice.

- Entering the hall, speaking of victory, joking with people, then leaving with his wife by his side; all this only boosted the bulk of the speech.

- In substance, al-Assad displayed a bundle of conclusions that he wouldn’t have broached before. He mentioned the word victory without setting a date for the end of the war. He confirmed the “failure of the aggression, of its masters and their tools.” He spoke of “the change of the circumstances, facts, and positions.”

- Also in substance, he put an end to any negotiation with the opposition abroad. To him, these are traitors who have sold the nation. Geneva is thus finished.

- He used the language of the victorious towards the big and regional states. He said, “The Syrian collaborators have fallen, and so have done terrorists (…) but also their masters among the big states and other affiliated [countries].”

- Al-Assad went down in the annals of time to accuse Saudi Arabia of conspiring against Palestine. He then corroborated Syria’s position supporting the Resistance. Nonetheless, he did not spare Hamas from his diatribes, without as yet naming the Movement. He followed suit regarding The Muslim Brotherhood, whom he named the Devils. Of course he would speak freely of them, since most of the region’s countries, except for Qatar and Turkey, consider them terrorists. This distinguishes him from his ally, Iran, which is still kind of open to Hama and the MB.

- Al-Assad did not address any message of openness to the West, despite the security contacts underway. To him, the West is still a “colonialist.” In counterpart, he saluted the Lebanese Resistance, and also Iran and Russia. Saluting Russia is salient at the moment in order to brush aside the obfuscation brought forth by the latest international resolution on the humanitarian aids.

- Al-Assad wanted to remind that he was right in depicting the Syrian crisis since its eruption. He said, “Isn’t what we’re seeing in Iraq today, Syria and Lebanon, and all the countries hit by the disease of the fake spring, without exception, the tangible evidence on the truthfulness of what we have warned of?”

- Also in substance, he reassured people over internal reconciliations, reconstruction, and fighting corruption. He sought to encourage deserters to throw weapons and return to the army. He told apart between those who were lured into deserting the army, and traitors and collaborators “whom the country has been now washed clean of.”

- Most importantly of all was that Assad limited the political solution to the internal reconciliations. “Dialogue is then only internal and will not include the forces that have proved not to be patriotic.” He meant the Coalition.

- Al-Assad also reassured farmers, industrialists and civil servants so that they respond to the reconciliations calls. This is chief because all studies show that the sons of the countryside with agro projects that have failed previously are the most rancorous and with a tendency to armament.

In conclusion, al-Assad tried to allude that he triumphed over his rivals and that what was left was a completion of this victory. He sought to make everybody understand, especially the opposition and the states backing it, that there would neither be political concessions nor giving up on any powers. No change has become acceptable today. What’s after the polls and three years the war is not just like before.

Did al-Assad really triumph? No doubt, the inside can better answer than the outside. The terrorism has put the outside in another place. Gaza war embarrassed everybody. The progress made by the army and its allies entailed a lot. IS and the caliphate issue embarrassed the world. But the most important of all for the president in its third seven-year term is to make everybody inside Syria feel that they have won, not that a party has conquered another.



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