War Between al-Nour Party and Muslim Brotherhood Reaches Sinai

 

Egyptian Salafi demonstrators attend a unity rally in downtown Cairo. AFP/Khaled Desouki
Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The one-year-long hidden conflict between Egypt’s Salafi political party, al-Nour, and the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood continues, even if its intensity is somewhat diminished. Most recently, the conflict appeared in northern Sinai in light of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Sinai – The crisis between al-Nour and the Muslim Brotherhood first erupted after the incidents of June 30, when Egyptian minister of defense at the time and current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi banned the Muslim Brotherhood from the political scene, as Salafis from al-Nour took part in the “bone-breaking battle.”
The Salafi party denied any association to the Muslim Brotherhood at the time, inciting outrage among supporters of the Brotherhood in Egypt and abroad. And thus an almost covert conflict began, ending the “love affair” between the groups’ respective leaders.
The current crisis in Sinai started with calls for a protest that was slated for November 28 — labeled “The Muslim Youth Uprising.” While the Muslim Brotherhood mobilized its supporters to take part in the protest, the al-Nour Party countered these calls by urging citizens to stay at home. On that day, the Muslim Brothers went as far as tearing down al-Nour’s banners that promoted the “Our Egypt Without Violence” campaign, and accused Salafis of treason.
The conflict cooled down for a while but, according to sources in the Brotherhood, the Salafi party continued to turn citizens against the Muslim Brotherhood, calling on the aid of security forces, slandering Brotherhood members who were not wanted or known, leading to their arrest. The sources added that leaders of the Salafi group in North Sinai also reported activities and events launched by the Brotherhood in the backstreets of al-Arish region to security forces.

[T]he Salafi party continued to turn citizens against the Muslim Brotherhood, calling on the aid of security forces, slandering Brotherhood members who were not wanted or known, leading to their arrest.

 In the light of these events, the spike in the dispute seems related to political activities, especially the upcoming parliamentary elections. Al-Nour party leaders have been trying to gain the support of sheikhs and prominent tribal figures in order to bolster previous leaders and candidates of the 2012 parliament. This includes Kamal al-Ahtam, a former policeman who resigned from his position before deciding to join al-Nour near the end of 2011. Muslim Brotherhood members consequently burned his car, parked in front of his house on al-Ayyub Street in al-Arish, sending out the first loud and clear message of war between the two sides.
The conflict didn’t end there. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, sources confirmed that tribal leaders affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood consulted with a number of young tribe members, convincing them to run in the 2014 parliamentary elections in the three North Sinai electoral districts. These leaders also volunteered to cover the costs of the electoral campaigns, aiming to foil al-Nour’s electoral plan. The Salafi party was outraged by these attempts, and immediately submitted the names of the young figures designated by the Brotherhood-affiliated tribal leaders to Fouad Osman, head of security in North Sinai.
Even though North Sinai is a major electoral region, it is no longer as important as other regions, given the decreasing number of voters compared to other Egyptian provinces. Candidates, therefore, tried to gain more votes, winning over general figures from the biggest provinces, intensifying the competition. Meanwhile, only women and disabled people were taken into account in Sinai, for the province must be represented by seats reserved for these groups. The division of districts was also disappointing, since it did not take Sinai’s size into consideration. While North Sinai was previously entitled to six elected members of parliament, and a seventh appointed one, it now only has four individual MPs and a fifth enlisted representative, which marks a decline in parliamentary influence. This division (into three districts and 10 sections) also failed to consider the security situation in Sinai, and the tribal aspect of its demography, which has disturbed the peace in the region. Indeed, the old division of districts in the province had hardly managed to temper tribal conflicts.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Detainees’ ‘Operation Room’ Destroyed in Roumieh Prison Raid

Members of the ISF Information Branch secure the perimeter around Roumieh Prison on January 12, 2015 as part of Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouk’s plan to clamp down on Islamists inside the prison. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouk spent a long, security-intense day at Roumieh Prison that began with smoke clouds rising from the prison complex and ended with putting an end to “the legend of Roumieh Prison.” In the meantime, not a peep was heard from all those who had championed the cause of the “Roumieh detainees” in recent years.
It appears that Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouk timed it just right. Despite his assertion that he had not taken any preemptive actions before the Roumieh raid yesterday to avoid the reactions of clerics, mainly the Association of Muslim Scholars and all those who championed the cause of the Roumieh detainees in recent years, it is clear that he picked the right political moment. The operation that began at 6:30 am on Monday, under his supervision, came at the height of the dialogue with Hezbollah and after the Future Movement succeeded in pulling the rug from under the feet of all the hawks and extremists in its midst. The latter is evidenced by the silence of these people yesterday. The Association of Muslim Scholars did not protest, MP Khaled al-Daher did not object and neither did his colleague Mouin Merhebi, and no Islamist group blocked a street in a town or neighborhood except an alleyway in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.
The minister’s day began in the early morning hours to coordinate the operation. On his way to Roumieh Prison, Machnouk knew that the decision to end the permanent rebellion in Roumieh has the same kind of support that allowed the government to end the armed rebellion in Tripoli and the North a few months ago.
 He arrived at the “Islamists’ fortified stronghold” an hour after the operation began and headed directly to the operation room. His main concern was to carry out the raid with minimal losses, knowing that he was going to “take responsibility for every drop of blood that was going to be spilled and was going to forge ahead with the operation until the end, irrespective of its danger.” He did not hold back in fear of new obstacles. While the prison’s perimeter was cordoned off with Civil Defense cars, ambulances and a private communication network, a “security task force” awaiting the minister inside the prison was keeping an eye on the execution of the raid. This task force consisted of Gendarmerie Commander General Elias Saadeh; head of the army Commando Unit Brigadier General Shamel Roukoz; head of the Gendarmerie in Mount Lebanon Brigadier General Jihad Howayek; head of the Information Branch Brigadier General Imad Othman; Roumieh’s Prison director Colonel Ghassan Maalouf and head of the Operations Room at the Internal Security Forces General Hussam al-Tanoukhi.
Inside, Machnouk continued to follow the details. For a moment, he even considered negotiating directly with the prisoners. The final few minutes leading up to the end of the raid were the hardest. No one expected the operation to end without bloodshed.
About 240 members of the security forces waited for Machnouk outside the prison. As usual, he gave a morale-boosting address. Since these men are “the legacy of the martyr Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan,” interacting with them can get emotional. Members of the Strike Force in the Information Branch immediately reacted when Machnouk mentioned Hassan’s name. They were proud of the success of the plan which was described by sources as “excellent, after it was carried out without causing any deaths or injuries among the prisoners.”
The first result of the security operation is “stripping the prisoners of all the privileges they had enjoyed. More importantly, the “operation room” they had established inside their building was destroyed and they will need a long time rebuild it. The operation, however, is not over yet. Difficult measures will be taken in the coming days, including organizing the prisoners into groups and separating them from each other.” There will be “pictures and recordings from inside the building” in the next few hours.
Machnouk insisted that he “did not coordinate with anyone regarding the operation except Prime Minister Tammam Salam who learned about it a short while before it started.” He also denied that he “brought it up in one of the dialogue sessions with Hezbollah and the Amal Movement in Ain al-Tineh.” The interior minister made light of questions suggesting there was some kind of barter in the security plan, specifically, in relation to the northern Bekaa region. Despite what he said about a new triangle of death for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stretching from the hills of Ersal to Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp and Roumieh Prison, Machnouk ruled out the possibility of carrying out a similar operation in Ain al-Hilweh because “an operation of this magnitude requires a larger consensus and new calculations.” He added, “let’s also not forget that the camp is located in the city of Saida, and that is a very sensitive point.”

The first result of the security operation is “stripping the prisoners of all the privileges they had enjoyed.

 Except for the Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, Machnouk confirmed receiving calls from all sides congratulating him on the operation.” As to whether there were objections, he said: “Who is going to raise his voice against measures designed to bring the prison under control?”
The security-intense day that Machnouk spent under the media spotlight was crowned by some of his colleagues in the cabinet singing his praise. The most notable praise came from Rashid Derbas, the minister of social affairs who hails from Tripoli. Nevertheless, the issue was not over for Machnouk. He “asked Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil for $30 million to build central prisons and rehabilitate Roumieh Prison” while he took it upon himself to secure the remainder from the private sector. They agreed to discuss the issue next week.” Jokingly, Machnouk asked Education Minister Elias Abou Saab to give some money from his pocket. Abou Saab promised to give a million Lebanese Lira ($660).
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Lebanon: Twin Suicide Bombs Strike Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, Nusra Claims Assault, Hezbollah Harshly Condemns

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BlastA suicide bomber blew himself up in a coffee shop in Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli, northern Lebanon,  before a second suicide bomber detonated himself when the local residents gathered, what claimed 9 martyrs and over 50 wounded, NNA reported.

The terrorist Nusra Front claimed via Twitter responsibility for the terrorist attack as the National News Agency (NNA) mentioned that the two suicide bombers who carried out the Jabal Mohsen blasts are Taha Samir Khayal and Bilal Mohammed Mare’yan, known as Ibrahim, from the area of Mankoubeen adjacent to Jabal Mohsen.

Security sources noted that the suicide bombers had been trained on al-Qalamoun’s barrens.

The Lebanese army cordoned off the scene of the blasts and raided the houses of the bombers, arresting the father of one of them.

In wake of the suicide bombings, North Governor Judge Ramzi Nohra issued a curfew decision in the region of Jabal Mohsen and its surroundings, effective Saturday night and until 7 o’clock Sunday morning.

The decision comes in line with the instructions given by Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nuhad al-Mashnouq.

Nohra called for a meeting by the Security Sub-Council at Tripoli Serail on Sunday morning, to be attended by security officials and North Prosecutor General.

Public Health Minister, Wael Abu Faour, gave instructions to all hospitals to receive injured civilians as a result of the Jabal Mohsen suicide bombings on Saturday night, and to provide them with all necessary medical treatment at the expense of his Ministry.

Source: NNA

10-01-2015 – 21:45 Last updated 10-01-2015 – 23:41


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The honest definition of “moderate Syrian rebels”

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There are no “moderate” Syrian rebels in a real and serious sense of the word. It might be that a very small number of militants fighting against the Syrian government are non-sectarian idealists who dream of a new Syrian society, which continues to be secular and in addition more human rights respecting than the current government with broader based and 100% free elections etc. pp. Such “moderates”, however, do not play the slightest role in the ongoing military events.

What western governments and their Gulf Arab allies plus Turkey continue to portray and hail as “moderate” Syrian rebels are in fact militants who meet these criteria:

Insurgents who

– not openly call themselves IS or Jabhat al Nusra (JAN or “Nusra Front”)
– but frequently cooperate with JAN (The “Islamic Front” even cooperated with IS when they took over Adraa)
– often have joined IS and/or JAN
– seldom hesitate to sell or share their advanced weapons (Manpads, ATGMs) to/with JAN and/or IS
– do not resist being treated in Israeli hospitals
– are often helped by Israel with the latter shooting down Syrian jets and pounding Syrian Army positions (which were then overran by JAN alone or in cooperation with “moderates”)
– are routed and humiliated by JAN in the North but continue to work with JAN in the South (e.g. what SRF has been doing)

Read more about such “moderates” here:
http://radioyaran.com/2014/09/11/the-vetted-moderate-rebels-of-the-free-syrian-army-who-and-where-are-they/
http://radioyaran.com/2014/09/20/syrian-insurgents-either-salafi-jihadists-or-criminals-and-jamal-maarouf-in-the-middle/
http://radioyaran.com/2014/11/21/al-qaeda-rebels-and-the-southern-front-in-syria/

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Turkey’s Erdogan declares use of birth control “treason”

Erdogan on December 15, 2014 lashed out at the European Union for criticizing the mass arrests targeting opposition media outlets, telling Brussels to "mind its own business." AFP / Adem Altan

Published Monday, December 22, 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described efforts to promote birth control as “treason,” saying contraception risked causing a whole generation to dry up, reports said Monday.

Erdogan made the comments on Sunday, addressing a bride and groom at the wedding ceremony of the son of businessman Mustafa Kefeli, who is one his close allies.

He told the newlyweds that using birth control was a betrayal of Turkey’s ambition to make itself a flourishing nation with an expanding young population.

“One or two (children) is not enough. To make our nation stronger, we need a more dynamic and younger population. We need this to take Turkey above the level of modern civilizations,” Erdogan said.

“In this country, they (opponents) have been engaged in the treason of birth control for years and sought to dry up our generation,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan went on to praise marriage and said: “Marriage is a long journey. There are good days and bad days. Good days become more frequent as we share them and bad days finally bring happiness if we are patient.”

“One (child) means loneliness, two means rivalry, three means balance and four means abundance. And God takes care of the rest,” he added, in comments reported by the Dogan news agency, which also posted a video of his speech.

Erdogan previously made proposals to limit abortion rights, the morning-after pill and Caesarian sections. But this appears to be his strongest attack on the principle of birth control yet.

He repeatedly warned that Turks must have more children to prevent the rapid aging of the population.

Turkey’s population has risen exponentially in the recent decades and now stands at over 76 million.

The news comes after Erdogan drew the ire of feminist groups last month for declaring in a speech that women are not equal to men.

At a summit in Istanbul on justice for women, Erdogan said that biological differences between women and men mean they cannot serve the same functions in life.

“Our religion (Islam) has defined a position for women (in society): motherhood,” Erdogan told an audience of Turkish women including his own daughter, Sumeyye.

Moreover, he was bluntly hostile towards the audience at the summit saying, “some people can understand this, while others can’t. You cannot explain this to feminists because they don’t not accept the concept of motherhood.”

He recalled: “I would kiss my mother’s feet because they smelled of paradise. She would glance coyly and cry sometimes.”

“Motherhood is something else,” he added.

In August, he drew mass criticism regarding his attitude towards the media and women when in a television debate he said to a woman journalist that she was a “shameless woman” and told her “to know [her] place.”

Erdogan publicly chastised Amberin Zaman, a respected journalist who in addition to writing for The Economist for 15 years, also writes for the Turkish daily Taraf.

“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman… know your place!” he declared adding, “they gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and you insult a society that is 99 percent Muslim,” drawing loud boos from the crowd.

Earlier this month, Erdogan was also widely slammed for his plans to make lessons in Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools, prompting one opposition politician to declare that an army could not force his daughter to learn the language.

Erdogan said that Ottoman, an old form of Turkish using a version of Arabic script replaced by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the Latin alphabet on foundation of the secular Republic in 1923, should be taught in schools to prevent younger generations losing touch with their cultural heritage.

“Erdogan’s concern is not teaching the Ottoman language… his real aim is a settling of accounts with secularism and the Republic,” Akif Hamzacebi, spokesman for the main opposition CHP in parliament.

The Islamic-rooted government of Erdogan has long been accused by critics of seeking to impose strict Islamic values on the private lives of Turks as well as limiting the civil liberties of women.

Opponents accuse Erdogan of behaving like a modern-day sultan, his Islamist ideology and intolerance of dissent taking Turkey far from Ataturk’s secular ideals.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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Saudi-sponsored summit to mend ties between Egypt and Qatar

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi meets with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz hold a meeting in Cairo on June 21, 2014. Al-Akhbar
Published Monday, December 22, 2014
On the surface, it appears that the discord between Cairo and Doha is over. The Egyptian president will stop in Riyadh on his way back from China for a Saudi-sponsored meeting with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. It will be the first official meeting between the two men since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime more than 18 months ago strained Egyptian-Qatari relations, leading to a “media and financial war.”
Cairo – Although there are some outstanding issues still under negotiation between Egypt and Qatar, the dispute between the two countries is about to be over, at least on the political level. This is the result of concerted efforts by Major General Abbas Kamel, director of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s office and Khaled al-Tuwaijri, president of the Saudi royal court.
Presidential sources told Al-Akhbar that the tripartite meeting between Sisi, Tuwaijri and the Qatari emir’s special envoy, Mohammed bin Abdel Rahman, held Saturday evening was part of the Saudi initiative launched by King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz to reconcile the two countries after Qatar’s opposition to the “June 30 Revolution” that toppled Mohammed Mursi – which Doha described as a coup – in addition to hosting and protecting Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporting them through its media.
The same sources said that Major-General Kamel traveled last week to Riyadh where he met Qatari officials to complete the reconciliation, which led to toning down Al Jazeera’s escalatory language and stopping Qatari interference in internal Egyptian affairs by supporting and funding Muslim Brotherhood leaders residing in the Gulf emirate. In addition, there was talk of the need for Qatar to have the same position towards Egypt as the rest of the Gulf states.
At the meeting, Egyptians asked for speeding up the process of changing the Qatari media rhetoric towards their country, especially by Al Jazeera International, which Cairo accused of distorting Egypt’s image and discouraging tourists from visiting, thus leading to further deterioration of the local economy. There will also be a gradual change in the policy of Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al Jazeera Live Egypt), specifically stopping the anti-Sisi messages that appear on their news ticker.

There will also be a gradual change in the policy of Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al Jazeera Live Egypt), specifically stopping the anti-Sisi messages that appear on their news ticker.

 On the economic front, the dialogue focused on “friendly negotiations” to solve outstanding issues between the two sides concerning companies and ministries without resorting to international adjudication. The parties did not bring up the half a billion dollars owed to Qatar’s Central Bank out of the $2.5 billion Qatar deposited in Egypt when ousted President Mohammed Mursi was still in office. The remaining amount will be paid in February after Doha received a $2 billion payment last month.
Before convening the summit, Egypt put conditions having to do with its border [with Libya]. The initiative calls on Doha to stop supporting Libyan opposition forces with money and weapon deals because the continuation of the chaos in Libya threatens Egypt’s security and stability and constitutes a breach of Egyptian national security, as highlighted by security officials who attended the meeting in Riyadh.
In return, Egyptians will offer several concessions, including disregarding what Cairo described as “Qatari violations of the Saudi initiative in the past two weeks.” Although decision-making circles in Egypt had reservations about a meeting between Sisi and the Qatari envoy, the Egyptian president insisted on the meeting not only as a goodwill gesture from Egypt towards Qatar and as a sign of appreciation for the Saudi initiative but also to ensure that Egypt is not seen as throwing a wrench in the works.
The Sisi-Tamim summit was supposed to take place Sunday evening and arrangements were made at the highest levels to make it happen. However, sources said the meeting was postponed until Sisi returns from a visit to China that he begins on Monday. The two men are expected to meet in Riyadh on Thursday when Sisi returns from Beijing “if the Qatari side continues to fully honor its commitments.”
In light of the Turkish escalation with the announcement of holding Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood parliament sessions in Turkey, it was agreed that the Qatari-Turkish relations are to be separate from the Egyptian side. Doha is to be concerned only with its interests on the condition that it would support any Egyptian position in international organizations irrespective of Turkey’s hostile policy towards Sisi. One of the outstanding issues that is still under negotiation is expelling the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders from Qatar and implementing a law of mutual extradition of criminals and suspects. Again, convening the summit between Sisi and Tamim is subject to the latter’s adherence to his commitments.
The New York Times reported that, “Shaking hands and kissing foreheads, the monarchs of the Persian Gulf came together this month to declare that they had resolved an 18-month feud in order to unite against their twin enemies, Iran and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But the split is still festering.” At the beginning of a report published on Saturday, December 20, the US daily quoted a senior Egyptian official who said: “Nothing has changed – nothing, nothing.” The newspaper pointed out that ongoing tensions between Qatar and its neighbors raise questions about “the ability of the Gulf states to muster a coherent response to a storm of crises rocking the region.” The New York Times maintained that the basic dispute is over Qatar’s support of Islamists in the region, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in addition to Egypt consider a threat to the security of the Middle East. But the US daily said that government officials on both sides of the Gulf split acknowledge that “Qatar scarcely budged.”
A Qatari official who spoke to The New York Times on condition of anonymity said that “the joint communiqué supporting Mr. Sisi’s road map was merely a ‘press release’ that carried little significance.” He added: “We will always support the population of Egypt,” while simultaneously stressing that Al Jazeera is “editorially independent,” that’s why other states “should not create political issues just because a channel is broadcasting what is happening.” The newspaper also pointed out that “although Qatar asked some Brotherhood members to leave Doha because of their political activities, only 10 or fewer have done so,” according to Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Qatari officials.
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Thanks Iran: Hamas in Its 27th Anniversary and its Story with Syria

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O Hamas guys …Hamas needs a revolution

Al Manar

Hamas confirmed its adherence to the resistance and its weapons until the liberation of all the Palestinian territories from the abomination of the Zionist enemy.

During a military parade organized by the movement in the Gaza Strip on the occasion of the twenty-seventh anniversary of Hamas’ foundation on Sunday, Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida said that the Israeli entity is on the brink of extinction and collapse due to the resistance and sacrifices of the martyrs.

He said that another conflict might be inevitable unless tens of thousands of Gazan homes that were destroyed in the last Israeli aggression are rebuilt. The 50 days of war killed 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians. “We will accept no less than the rebuilding of everything that was destroyed by the savage Zionist aggression,” Obeida said.

Abu Obeida thanked all those supporting the resistance on top of which the Islamic Republic in Iran. He praised Iran for providing “financial and military” assistance to Hamas.

He also thanked Qatar and Turkey for “supporting [Gaza’s] people and the Palestinian cause.”

“The upgrade in Al-Qassam Brigades’ military capabilities over time has been evident throughout each confrontation with the Israeli army,” Abu Obeida said. “And we have more to show the Israeli army,” he added

Hamas paraded 2,000 of its armed fighters and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza, vowing to destroy the Zionist entity.

In the parade, trucks carrying three long-range rockets and other vehicles with multiple rocket launchers drove by, while a drone with Hamas markings sat on a flatbed truck. Another Hamas drone and an Israeli aircraft flew simultaneously overhead.

One of Hamas’ founding leaders, Khalil al-Hayya, reaffirmed the resistance movement’s founding charter, which is the destruction of Israel. “This illusion called Israel will be removed. It will be removed at the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” he said, referring to the armed wing of Hamas.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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الأسد يشرح أسباب القطيعة مع حماس

الأسد يشرح أسباب القطيعة مع حماس

الرئيس السوري يقول: اتفقنا واختلفنا مع القيادات الفلسطينية في مراحل مختلفة ومن حين إلى آخر، ولكن لم يقع فراق أو قطيعة مع أي طرف فلسطيني رغم تجربتنا المريرة مع “الإخوان”.

إرم – دمشق

كشف الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد في اجتماع مع رؤساء الجالية الفلسطينية في أوروبا، على هامش المؤتمر الثالث للجاليات الذي عقد في دمشق، بداية الشهر الجاري، تفاصيل التوتر الذي تعيشه علاقات سوريا بحركة حماس والقطيعة التي انتهت إليها.

وبَيّن الاسد أن حماس حاولت التوسط بين النظام السوري والإخوان المسلمين، وأن الحكومة السورية رفضت الوساطة، كاشفا النقاب عن أن السلطات السورية اعتقلت ابنة خالد مشعل وزوجها بعد اكتشاف أنهم كانوا يهربون سلاحا لتنظيمات المعارضة السورية.
وخلال اللقاء، الذي استغرق ساعات، تحدث الأسد بإسهاب عن حركة حماس وعن منظمة التحرير فقال: نحن في سوريا ومنذ انطلاقة الثورة الفلسطينية فتحنا الأبواب أمام الفلسطينيين وقدمنا لهم ما نقدر عليه، والأهم هو أن الفلسطينيين كانوا يشعرون بأنهم يعيشون في وطنهم.

وقال: اتفقنا واختلفنا مع القيادات الفلسطينية في مراحل مختلفة، ومن حين إلى آخر، ولكن لم يقع فراق أو قطيعة مع أي طرف فلسطيني، مضيفا، أنه في عام 1999 وبعد طرد قادة حماس من الأردن فتحنا الأبواب لهم بالرغم من تجربتنا المريرة مع “الإخوان”، وقلنا إن من يطارَد ويحاصَر إسرائيليا وأميركيا فأبواب سوريا مفتوحة أمامه مهما كانت معتقداته.

وذكر الأسد أن سوريا قدمت لهم كل التسهيلات، وكل الإمكانات في سبيل القضية الفلسطينية، وسوريا تعرف بالمسبق: أنهم امتداد للإخوان المسلمين السوريين الذين اشتبكنا وتصارعنا معهم طويلا، لكن ومن منطلق وطني فصلنا ما بينهم وما بين الإخوان المسلمين، وتعاملنا معهم على أنهم مقاومون فلسطينيون أصحاب قضية، متابع،ا كانوا يتغنون دوما بمواقف سوريا الوطنية والقومية، وقلنا لهم إن سوريا تقوم فقط بواجبها القومي والوطني، فقد مورست الضغوطات والحصار علينا منذ تلك اللحظة لاحتضاننا حماس.

وأشار الأسد إلى أنه بعد غزو العراق وسقوط بغداد، جاءنا الرسل الأميركان مهددين ومحذرين من أن القوات الاميركية وقوات التحالف، في طريقها الى سوريا والكرة الآن في ملعبكم، والمطلوب منكم فقط، هو طرد حماس من سوريا.

وتابع، رفضنا ذلك وثبتنا على مواقفنا بالرغم من الوضع السوري الضعيف في تلك المرحلة، لقد جاءنا الناصحون والأصدقاء من كل جهة وصوب يحذروننا ويقولون لنا: لا تدمروا سوريا. أخرجوا حماس من سوريا. ومع ذلك رفضنا ذلك بإصرار وقوة وكل ذلك كان من منطلق إيماننا بالقضية الفلسطينية.

ولفت إلى أن حماس تواجدت في سوريا، وعملت بكل حرية وانفتاح ووجدت المأوى الآمن لها هنا، وقدمنا لهم تسهيلات لم تقدم في تاريخ سوريا لأي طرف كان.

ولفت إلى أن قيادة حماس كانت تطلع القيادة على كل اتصالاتها مع الدول العربية، وتنظر بخطورة كبيرة للدور القطري على القضية الفلسطينية، متابعا، وهنا أقول، مرة ثانية، لقد اعتبروا الدور القطري أداة من أدوات اسرائيل والولايات المتحدة.

وقال: في أحد لقاءاتي سابقا مع خالد مشعل، جاء وطرح علي أن قيادة حماس ومن منطلق “سد الدَّين” لسوريا فإنهم في الحركة، يستأذنوننا بأن يبدأوا ببذل جهود مع حركة الاخوان المسلمين السوريين لعمل مصالحة مع الدولة السورية وأنهم “أي حماس” قادرون على ذلك، ولمسوا إيجابية كبيرة من قبل الإخوان المسلمين السوريين تجاه جهدهم هذا.

وأضاف: قلت لمشعل: أنت فلسطيني ومقاوم، وأطلب منكم بألا تتدخلوا في الشؤون الداخلية لأي بلد عربي. مشكلتنا مع الإخوان شأن داخلي سوري لا تزجوا بأنفسكم به،عليكم أن تحافظوا على هدف واحد أوحد، وهو أن يكون الجميع معكم. لا تخسروا طرفا على حساب طرف آخر؛ فقضيتكم بحاجة لجهد الجميع, فلا أرى أنه من الضرورة أن تتدخلوا بالشؤون الداخلية لأي بلد، ولا نطلب منكم رد الجميل على مواقفنا تجاهكم، فما قمنا به هو واجب وحق علينا تجاه القضية الفلسطينية.

 

وأشار إلى أنه أكد على مشعل بضرورة أن يكفوا عن ذلك، مبينا، قلت له: إن الإخوان المسلمين في سوريا، هم مواطنون سوريون أولا وأخيرا، فإن القوانين والأنظمة هي التي تفصل بيننا.لا أريد ان أطيل عليكم في هذا الشأن ولكن أريد أن أنقلكم لبداية احداث الازمة السورية.

وبيّن الأسد: أتذكر أن مشعل كان قد التقى مع احد الإخوة المسؤولين في هذا البلد، قبل بداية الأزمة السورية، وعقب أحداث تونس، وخلال الأحداث في مصر، وقال له إننا في حماس نتوقع مؤامرة أميركية إسرائيلية على سوريا، وأنهم يفكرون بضرب محور المقاومة، ونتوقع أن تكون سوريا، كونها رأس الحربة في هذا المحور، أن تتحول إلى هدف، ونحن ومنذ الآن وبلا تردد أو تفكير، نعلن وبصراحة أننا سنكون الجنود الأوفياء لسوريا في هذه المعركة التاريخية.

وتابع أنه ومع بداية الاحتجاجات الشعبية والاحداث في بعض المدن السورية التقيت بمشعل على رأس وفد من حماس وكان أكثر تطرفا مني، ومن القيادة السورية؛ فقد طالبنا أن نقمع وأن نصفّي هذا الحراك بكل قوة لأنه عنوان مؤامرة دولية ضد سوريا.
وقال مشعل يومها، لا تأخذكم بهم رحمة إنهم عملاء لاميركا ولاسرائيل مؤكدا على مواقفه بأن الدفاع عن سوريا الآن، هو دفاع عن فلسطين، وأعلن استعداده وحركته، بأن يكونوا الجنود الأوفياء لسوريا، وقت الطلب منهم ذلك.

وقال مشعل إن حركة حماس ومن أجل ذلك شرعت باتصالات ومراسلات مع أطراف عديدة لتوضيح هذه المؤامرة الكبيرة التي تتعرض لها سوريا.

وأوضح الأسد: نحن لم نكن واثقين أو مطمئنين لموقف حركة حماس فعندنا من كان يحذر من دور ربما يكون معدا لهم.

وقال تواصلت الأحداث ويوما بعد يوم كنا نرصد تدخلات لعناصر من حركة حماس فيما يجري في سوريا واعتقلنا بعض هؤلاء، وأطلقنا سراحهم بعد أن جاء إلينا قادة من حماس يستنكرون ذلك، ويقولون لنا إنها حالات فردية, وأذكر هنا حدثا واحدا وهو أن ابنة خالد مشعل وزوجها كانا قد ضبطا بعملية نقل اسلحة مستغلين الحصانة التي كانت ممنوحة لقيادة الحركة، فقمنا باعتقالهما وأطلقنا سراحهما فيما بعد ، وكنا نقول لعل وعسى.

وللحقيقة، لا بد من الإشارة هنا الى أن حماس تمكنت، في بادئ الأمر، من خداع بعض حلفائنا الإقليميين وكانوا يثقون بها وبصدق مواقفها، وكنا نطلعهم أولا بأول على كل تدخلات وتجاوزات حماس, لكن المصيبة الكبرى أن حماس حاولت استغفال الدولة السورية، وتحت عنوان التعاون والحرص على سوريا كانوا يزودوننا بتقارير أمنية مخادعة ومضللة.

صورة

وقال الرئيس السوري: عند هذه اللحظة أدركنا بأن حماس هي شريك أساسي في ما يجري بسوريا، ولكن لم نعلن ذلك، وبقي الوضع على ما هو عليه، ولكننا كدولة سورية أصبحنا نتعامل معهم كطرف متآمر على سوريا وضبطنا وتابعنا تحركاتهم وتدخلاتهم، وهناك من أتانا من أبناء حماس الأوفياء على الأراضي السورية ليخبروننا بما تقوم به الحركة ضد سوريا، مضيفا، ومع هذا لم نتعامل معهم بالعلن كما هو موقفنا بالسر، إلى أن جاء وزير خارجية قطر السابق، حمد بن جاسم، على رأس وفد من الجامعة العربية، في مهمة إلى سوريا لنفاجأ بلقاء يعقد بين خالد مشعل وحمد في السفارة القطرية في دمشق، وكان حمد في تلك المرحلة على رأس الحملة ضد سوريا.

وقال الأسد: استدعت الدولة مشعل، أبلغته بشكل حاد أن هذا اللقاء فيه تجاوز لأدب الضيافة والبروتوكول والاحترام، فقد كان الأولى به أن يتصل بالدولة، ويقول إنه دعي للقاء وزير خارجية قطر او أنه يرغب لقاءه، ولكن هذا لم يتم، وتصرف الطرفان وكأن الارض السورية مستباحة، مضيفاعند تلك اللحظة قيدت حركة حماس على الأراضي السورية بشكل واضح ومعلن وبدأنا نرصد يوما بعد يوم تدخلاتهم.

وأكد في اللقاء أؤكد لكم أن ما شهده ويشهده مخيم اليرموك، وبعض المخيمات الفلسطينية الأخرى لم يفاجئنا، وكنا نتوقعه، فمنذ البداية أدركنا ان هناك شيئا يعد للمخيمات، وكانت حماس هي الجهة التي تعمل من أجل ذلك، وخوفا من فتح معارك جانبية ارتأينا أن نفوت الفرصة عليهم منذ البداية، حتى لا يكون الحديث عن صراع فلسطيني سوري، وهذا ما كان يعد له داخليا وخارجيا. نحن لم نطلب من أي طرف فلسطيني الوقوف معنا أو الانحياز لنا، وكنا حريصين على أن يبقى الفلسطينيون كذلك.

وقال: السلطة الفلسطينية ومنظمة التحرير وبالرغم من فتور علاقتنا بهم في المرحلة التي رافقت احداث سوريا لم نطلب منهم الانحياز لنا، وكذلك لم ننتقدهم لحياديتهم ورأينا في موقفهم انتصارا لقضيتهم وهذا حقهم ولكن ما يثلج صدرنا ان الفلسطينيين أنفسهم كانوا من أكثر الجهات والشعوب الذين التقطوا حقيقية المؤامرة التي تعد لسوريا؛ فما حصل ويحصل لما يكن هدفه النظام فهذا كذب وافتراء الهدف هو تدمير سوريا انتصارا لإسرائيل، هكذا نظر الفلسطينيون لذلك، وهم محقون وبكل فخر أقول إن الشعب الفلسطيني قد سبق كل الشعوب في فهم ذلك، وحتى الشعب السوري نفسه.

ولفت إلى أن الوطنيين الفلسطينيين وعلى رأسهم منظمة التحرير والرئيس عباس أدركواحجم هذه المؤامرة، وأن سقوط سوريا هو سقوط للقضية الفلسطينية.

وقال: أنا الآن في غاية السرور باستضافتكم وكذلك في غاية السرور بأن معركة سوريا، أسقطت القناع بشكل سافر وواضح عن الإسلام السياسي، الذي لا تؤمن لا بوطنية ولا بقومية، وإنما يؤمن فقط بمصالحه الذاتية، ويسعى لها مهما كان حليفه فلا قيم ولا أخلاق ولا مبادئ، ولا صدق ولا وفاء، إلا أنه رغم ما حصل كان جيدا للأمة العربية بأسرها، مضيفا: لا تنخدعوا بالإعلام، ومواقف الدول؛ فالكل يهرول الآن لسوريا، من أجل علاقات من تحت الطاولة، ولكن موقف سوريا هو العلاقات المكشوفة. ومن خدع وتآمر على سوريا عليه أن يعلن ذلك صراحة وعلانية، لأنه بذلك سيكون عبرة للآخرين.

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More ISIL atrocities coming to light in Iraq

ISIL Cut Throats of Babies; Killed Over 100 Kids in One Yazidi Village

ISIL Cut Throats of Babies; Killed Over 100 Kids in One Yazidi Village
ISIL Cut Throats of Babies; Killed Over 100 Kids in One Yazidi Village
Many of the Yazidi refugees said that when ISIL had taken control of most of the Nineveh Province in Northern Iraq in early August, they and their family members had to walk continuously over the span of several days in the blistering August heat to escape from the militants.

Although the refugees who spoke with media were fortunate enough to escape safely, many of them recounted how their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters were either killed or are now missing after being caught by ISIL militants.

One unnamed Yazidi mother said that although she made it safely to her refugee camp, it was not before ISIL got a hold of much of the rest of her family, whom she has not heard from since.

“We left Sinjar through the hills. We walked for seven days and seven nights. We had no food and no water,” the Yazidi mother said. “The ISIL caught my two sons, my father, and two of my sisters. I have no news from them and I don’t know if they are even alive.”

Although the mother does not know of the status of the rest of her family, she does know, from first-hand experience, about the cruel nature of ISIL’ operations and their barbaric treatment of children and babies.

“ISIL are crazy people. They even cut the throats of the babies,” the mother asserted. “They want us, the Yazidis, to convert to (what they call) Islam, but we refuse. As long as we are not in their hands, we survive. We prefer to die instead of being their slaves.”

A Yazidi man named Tahysn, who was once happily married with two preschool-aged sons, said now all that he has left of his family is just a mere picture on his cellphone.

When ISIL took over Tahysn’s Nineveh Province village, he was not in town at the time. However, he called his family and warned them to leave. But, he said, as they were fleeing to Mount Sinjar militants caught up to them and killed them all.

“My older brother, my father, my mother, my wife and even my two sons were killed,” Tahysn claimed. “The Daesh are just savages. They do not respect religion or humanity. They are not humans. Even animals have more pity.”

An 8-year-old Yazidi girl named Azin, said she could possibly now be an orphan since ISIS caught up to her parents and she does not know their whereabouts now. Although her parents were taken on the first day of the family’s escape, Azin said she continued the journey by herself and, like the aforementioned unnamed mother, had to walk for seven days just to reach Kurdish protection.

What did Putin say to Rouhani in a historic phone call?

I believe that the two parties, Russia and Iran, could gain profound insight into the strategic relationship that existed between the Soviets and Abdul Nasser’s Egypt. It was a strategic relationship, despite the ideological differences, and was even at times a political one between the two sides. – Nahed Hatar

Nahed Hatar

What did President Putin discuss with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani during the phone call that was held between them shortly after agreeing to extend Iran’s nuclear talks in Vienna? Almost certainly, this was the most important event.

According to the Kremlin statement, though it did not provide sufficient details about the phone conversation, the two presidents discussed the “substantial progress” in the last round of talks in Vienna and stressed the necessity of clinching a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Putin and Rouhani

“They also discussed current issues in key areas of bilateral cooperation, including the implementation of the joint projects”. However, “Al-Mayadeen” News TV quoted some “sources”, most probably Iranians, as saying that Putin assured Rouhani that Russia will not allow the nuclear negotiations to continue for a long time, and will not also allow removal of the sanctions imposed against Iran to be delayed any longer.

As stated by “Al-Mayadden”, Moscow showed readiness to strengthen strategic bilateral alliance, including coordination with China to break the sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic. Moreover, with reference to President Rouhani’s initiative to call his Russian counterpart, does this initiative in this sensitive time reflect the fact that the Iranian president has a tendency of establishing strategic ties or is it merely a diplomatic step to thank Moscow for its tireless efforts to save the Vienna negotiations? Perhaps the answer to the two aforementioned questions depicts the features of the next phase, regionally and internationally.

Russia is also at present facing Western sanctions which cost the Russians, in a few months, more than one hundred billion dollars. Definitely, they will not accept to go on with this economic and financial attrition. Moscow will thus be in front of two options: either accepting a “subordinate” role to the major Western powers politically that leads accordingly to losing the strategic achievements accomplished during President Putin’s era, or heading hastily towards building a self-reliant global economic and financial system and renouncing the Western one.

Of course, in the context of this option, Iran will most likely play a key role in building a solid trio with Russia and China in the framework of the BRICS group of fast-growing, major non-Western economies, which include also India, Brazil and South Africa. A question remains, why is Iran enjoying this advantage exclusively? This comes because it does not only act as an economic value, but also as a strategic, military and defense-based one; especially regarding its Arab allies in Syria, Lebanon-Hezbollah, and Iraq. It is noteworthy that Syria is Russia’s old ally, and the Russians consider Hezbollah as a regional power and an ally and they are seeking to restore their positions in Iraq.

Possibly, the tendency towards creating strategic alliance with Iran is already settled in Russia, for it is, in essence, an expression of a strategic need for preserving the Russian growing influence. Yet, is this the case in Iran too? It is well known that the current Iranian policy is the product of disagreement between two movements: the Revolutionary movement led by Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, and the Liberal movement, led by Rouhani. The two movements most prominently disagree on files related to the position on Syria and the Iranian aids to the Syrians.

The Revolutionary movement seeks to provide Damascus with further multi-format support, while the Liberal movement seeks the opposite. Perhaps its aim behind this is not only saving the cost of Syria’s support, so as to improve the domestic spending, but also courting the West to reach an agreement on the nuclear issue, allowing by this the lifting of sanctions on Iran and overcoming the economic and financial difficulties.

Doubtless, it has tactical relations with Moscow and it is benefiting from them to improve the conditions for reconciliation talks with the West. Yet, Russia is facing a complex problem with these two movements. The Revolutionary movement is a strategic ally with no uncertainty or hesitation in the face of the West, but it disagrees with Moscow on issues related to several files, including, for example, the position on political Islam, on the regime of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and on the authority in Ramallah. This comes particularly since Moscow believes that the Palestinian authority is its ally and thus it supports its political line.

The dispute over these files would never remain a theoretical or collapsible one, but it would be transformed into a political dispute. However, the Rouhani liberal movement seems to be in harmony with Russia in its way of mastering the world and the era, but it is untrustworthy in terms of looking forward to reaching understanding with the West on the one hand and in terms of supporting Syria, which constitutes the jewel of the Russian crown, on the other hand. At the moment, it is a golden international opportunity for Iran to re-position itself as part of a Russian-Chinese Alliance that would fix the Iranian internal contradiction.

This re-positioning allows Iran, at the same time, to maintain its independence and to preserve its policies regarding the West, as well as to solve its economic and financial problems. Hence, are we going to witness an internal understanding within the Iranian policy that would adopt this approach, or we are going to witness a struggle that paralyzes the possibility of taking advantage of the opportunity instead?

I believe that the two parties, Russia and Iran, could gain profound insight into the strategic relationship that existed between the Soviets and Abdul Nasser’s Egypt. It was a strategic relationship, despite the ideological differences, and was even at times a political one between the two sides. The West does not intend to establish peaceful relations and to cooperate with Russia and Iran, but rather intends to weaken both of them internally. In actual fact, those who do not want to realize this are deluded, and those who do not prioritize the bilateral alliance are waiving the principal interests of the country and its future.

Source: Newspapers

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Mount Hermon battles highlight divide among Druze communities

An undated photo shows a gathering of Druze sheikhs in Lebanon’s al-Chouf region. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi). Al-Akhbar / Haitham Moussawi
Published Tuesday, November 11, 2014
There is a lot of anger in Lebanese and Palestinian villages near Mount Hermon following the death of a large number of Druze fighters in battles with al-Nusra Front. These dramatic developments have brought back to the surface the debate over the neutrality of the Druze community versus calls for them to fight alongside the Syrian army against the tafkiris.
The battles that took place on the Syrian side of Mount Hermon continue to resonate in Hasbaya, Rashaya, the Galilee, and Mount Carmel, days after dozens of fighters from the National Defense Forces (NDF) – which fights alongside the Syrian army – were killed in battles with al-Nusra Front and other Islamist militias. The fallen fighters came from the Druze-majority villages of Arna, Bqaasam, Qalaat Jandal, and Ashrafiet Sahnaya.
So far, the concerned authorities on the Syrian side of Mount Hermon have not been able to provide a precise tally of the casualties, as al-Nusra Front and the other factions have refrained from sharing information with the liaison committee, formed by a number of dignitaries from the village of Hina, on the number of bodies and prisoners that they have taken. Al-Akhbar has learned from local sources in Arna involved in the preliminary negotiations that the committee has not yet obtained any accurate information, saying they could not speculate on the progression or the outcome of the negotiations yet.
The same sources told Al-Akhbar that the militant groups have neither confirmed nor denied the number of casualties or prisoners. The sources said,
“We were able to confirm they have two prisoners, Yahya Massoud and Suleiman Ahmad Bad al-Din (from Arna) thanks to leaked video footage.”
“The final tally could be 39 martyrs, but the militants do not want to lose one of their bargaining chips,” the sources added.
For their part, sources in the NDF said,
“The battles are not over yet. The men of the NDF are determined to protect the villages of Mount Hermon and to punish the terrorists who cowardly attacked our comrades. What happened was a tactical blunder that could happen in any battle, but the cost in blood was high.”
Meanwhile, Syrian military sources said the Syrian army will soon cut off the Khan al-Sheikh road from Mount Hermon to prevent “Israeli-backed terrorists from moving toward the Damascus countryside and to protect villages and civilians.”
Other sources in the NDF stressed that all claims that al-Nusra Front did not want to raid Druze villages were “nonsense,” pointing out that the jihadist group had previously stormed Tal Magher al-Mir and kidnapped a number of its residents. The NDF sources said the fact that casualties had fallen would not “push us to become neutral if the militants attack nearby army positions.”
According to Syrian military forces, al-Nusra Front is attempting to link the borders with the occupied Golan Heights to Damascus’ western countryside and Khan al-Sheikh, in order to circumvent the Damascus-Quneitra road after failing to take Qatna and Saasaa. According to security sources, “the militants have brought reinforcement for this purpose from Jubata al-Khashab through Beit Jinn, but the army foiled them in collaboration with the Popular Committees and the NDF.”
While anger and sorrow have been the predominant reaction of the Druze community in Syria, the repercussions of what happened will no doubt leave a deep mark on nearby Lebanese and Palestinian villages. The events in Mount Hermon served to cement the positions of the rival Druze parties in Lebanon who are at odds over the Syrian crisis, and highlighted the sharp disparity in the Druze street on this issue.
At a time when MP Walid Jumblatt took advantage of the battles to reiterate his position calling for “neutrality and disengagement with the Syrian regime” – and implicitly for the Druze to support al-Nusra Front – MP Talal Arslan, the Syrian Social National Party and former Minister Wiam Wahhab called on the Druze to take up arms and fight alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah against al-Nusra Front. They also said al-Nusra Front was receiving open support from the Israeli army in the provinces of Quneitra and Daraa, representing a real threat to all the components of the Syrian people just like the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
On the ground, Jumblatt’s calls have had little effect outside of his Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) base, at least in Rashaya and Hasbaya. While PSP supporters, under direction from Jumblatt, have steered clear from staging vigilante patrols and armed appearances in the villages of Rashaya along the border, the Yazbeki movement and local sheikhs have insisted on arming themselves to protect the villages.
This has found a favorable echo with the Druze sitting on the fence, as fears grow from possible takfiri attacks on the villages, in light of the battles between their coreligionists and the takfiris on the other side of the Mount. Some residents of Rashaya and Hasbaya are not only carrying arms at night and establishing perimeters around the border villages, but have also started preparations to form military groups and cross into villages in Syria to help protect them.
Jumblatt’s statements coincided with a campaign launched by PSP officials on the ground and on social media, promoting the idea that al-Nusra Front does not want to fight the Druze, and claiming that the Syrian army had abandoned Druze fighters in the battle. This is while bearing in mind that the information from the field that has reached even PSP officials indicates the Syrian army was not involved in any way in the battles. In effect, it seems that the subsequent intervention by the Syrian army and Hezbollah prevented a larger number of casualties.
Speaking to Al-Akhbar, PSP officials said,
“Our vision is that Druze villages can be protected through neutrality. This is a major war and it is going to last for a long time, and the Druze have no interest in siding with the Assad regime, which will fall.”
For their part, sources from Talal Arslan’s Democratic Party said,

”This is a major war and it is going to last for a long time, and the Druze have no interest in siding with the Assad regime, which will fall.” – PSP officials

 “Jumblatt had already sanctioned the slaughter of Syrian Druze, so why is he now suddenly concerned about defending them? Moreover, what guarantees can he obtain from the terrorists of al-Nusra Front and others when these groups declare even Sunnis who do not agree with its ideology are apostate, let alone Shias and Druze? There is no other option for the villages but to bear arms and defend themselves alongside the Syrian army.”
Sources close to the March 8 coalition said that the Druze in Lebanon support the Lebanese army against the likes of Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir and jihadist figure Shadi al-Mawlawi, and found it odd that the Druze in Syria were being asked to side with al-Nusra, which declares them as heretics according to their Wahhabi ideology. The sources said,
“If Jumblatt can get guarantees, then let him give us a plan for how to deal with the takfiris, and let them release the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers before we even talk about Syria.”
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Protests in Safed against treatment of al-Nusra Front fighters
More than 500 Palestinian Druze held a protest outside the Safed Hospital in northern Occupied Palestine, which is treating a number of al-Nusra Front fighters who were wounded in the recent battles in Mount Hermon. Israeli occupation forces established a tight cordon around the hospital after receiving reports that the protesters were planning to storm the hospital and attack the militants.
There were also calls to hold protests outside the Nahariya Hospital, which is treating a number of wounded terrorists as well. The demonstrators moved to the barbed wire in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, on the border with the liberated Golan Heights. In a statement, the Communications Committee for Druze Arabs of 1948 held Israel responsible for what was happening to the Druze villages, saying Israel was “arming and treating the wounded members of mercenary gangs in Syria.”
Al-Akhbar learned that the Sheikh Akel of the Druze in Palestine, Muwafaq Tarif, left two days ago to Europe to meet with a Druze Syrian opposition leader, amid talk about an Israeli intervention “to protect the Druze.” A number of Israeli intelligence officers with Druze roots have supported calls for Israel to intervene and expand its occupation in Mount Hermon to push back resistance groups linked to Hezbollah and the Syrian army from the occupied Golan.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
(Al-Akhbar)

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Egypt: Karam al-Qawadis brings emergency law back to the forefront

Egyptian soldiers watch during a military operation in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with the southern Gaza Strip on October 30, 2014, as Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along the border with the Hamas-run territory to prevent militant infiltration and arms smuggling following a wave of deadly attacks. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abed)
Published Saturday, November 1, 2014
Egypt is witnessing a harsh political winter, a compulsory hibernation of the already deteriorating democratization process. In the restive Sinai, [the army has created] a buffer zone that has displaced civilians. The media clamps down on free speech and distorts the opposition while the press surrendered everything and has militarized in order to bolster the state. A different kind of Egypt has emerged after the Karam al-Qawadis massacre in Sinai.
Cairo – Seizing what happened in Karam al-Qawadis, Egyptian authorities set in motion a rapid process of militarization. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree allowing civilians to be tried in military courts. The first article of the law stipulates “deploying the army in the streets and around public and vital institutions, including power plants, networks, electricity towers, gas pipelines, oil fields, railways, road and bridge networks and other state infrastructure, facilities and public property. These facilities will be treated as military assets throughout the period of protection.”
The second article stipulates:
“Anyone who attacks these facilities will be tried by military tribunals and the public prosecution is to refer cases having to do with these crimes to the relevant military prosecution.”

“If Egyptian security measures fail to control the border with Gaza or failure to lay siege to hardline organizations and their sleeper cells in Sinai, dangers besetting the Egyptian interior will escalate.” – political analyst Karam Said

 

Based on what we understand so far, participants in all political protests, including factional protests, will be subject to military courts. Not to mention the cases concerning members of the Muslim Brotherhood that are being heard in ordinary Egyptian courts. This decision was welcomed by the media and political parties. Loyalists and some nominal opposition political parties launched the National Front to Fight Terrorism which invokes the figures of the National Salvation Front that led the June 30 uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood. There is ongoing talk about how this Front is going to provide political support to the state. Al-Akhbarfound out from inside the Front that there is talk of postponing the parliamentary elections, which is the last step in the roadmap to democracy.
Human rights activists have expressed grave concern about these events regardless of political affiliations. Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said:
“The decree aims to secure the home front against terrorism and it was issued after the approval of the National Defense Council and the government based on what the State Council saw fit.”
This political maelstrom is approaching Egyptian universities where the state has failed, so far, in quelling student protests. Informed sources said:
“Based on the aforementioned decision, the army might intervene along with the police to confront anti-government student protests.”
Sources say that the issue is still being debated by the security leadership in the interior and defense ministries, especially as private security firm Falcon needs more time before its performance can be evaluated.
“It is successful in some places but has failed in others,” the source said, emphasizing that “students who will be arrested during protests will be transferred to military courts right away.”
Many human rights organizations are about to shut down just before the November 10 deadline, which the Ministry of Social Solidarity refused to renew. This closure has to do not only with the new legal conditions but, according to the director of the Arab House Foundation for Human Rights Magdi Abdel Fattah,
“has also to do with the political and military climate in which it is difficult to defend the idea of human rights in times of confronting terrorism. Human rights lawyers will also suffer immensely because military trials nullify the conditions of a fair trial.”
Another human rights figure is Hafez Abu Saada, director of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and member of the National Council for Human Rights. Echoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, he said:
“Don’t talk to me about human rights in confronting terrorism. We have to declare a relentless war against extremists. Human rights organizations should play a role in organizing ideas against terrorism.”
The media landscape in Egypt is shrinking more and more. Businessmen who own satellite channels agreed to an editorial policy that “supports steps taken by the state to fight terrorism,” while newspaper editors decided to stifle freedom of the press. Militarization has become an acceptable phenomenon after the Karam al-Qawadis incident.
After Egyptian newspaper editors met with the Wafd Party three days ago, they issued a joint statement, which was a source of concern for local and international observers. The statement read:
“Newspapers are going to stop publishing reports that support terrorism and call for undermining state institutions directly or indirectly, deal objectively and not magnify news of subversive protests by the Muslim Brotherhood in and outside universities, develop a mechanism for joint coordination between all newspapers to confront terrorist plots, take measures to confront these plots which would prevent the infiltration of terrorist supporters into the press and confront a culture that is opposed to our fundamental national principles.”
Khaled al-Bashi, a member of the board of directors of Egypt’s Press Syndicate, argued that this step amounts to “nationalizing press freedom but by the journalists themselves.” This view coincides with an angry statement issued by the organization Journalists against the Protest Law, declaring:
“The statement by editors amounts to a voluntary nationalization of the press and a taming of the Fourth Estate. The statement hands press freedom over to the ruling authorities under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Although everyone knows that an effective implementation of the press code of ethics is enough to stop any violation of the rules and ethics of the profession or any incitement to violence. Unfortunately the objective is to undermine freedom of the press.”
It appears that the situation in Sinai is becoming more tense, especially along the border with Gaza (13 kilometers/ 8 miles). Political analyst Karam Said foresees more than one scenario. The most likely scenario is that the army will establish a buffer zone along the border with Gaza and will resettle uprooted families living in Rafah near the Gaza border. “If this scenario fails, the state will dig a 10 kilometer (6 mile) waterway that would make the subsoil soft and thus hard to build tunnels. Besides, the steel wall that Egypt began building in 2009 along the border with Gaza to protect national security might be completed.”
Said believes that announcing a state of emergency in the entire country is a possibility, especially that the war on terror is open. However, he says:
“If Egyptian security measures fail to control the border with Gaza or failure to lay siege to hardline organizations and their sleeper cells in Sinai, dangers besetting the Egyptian interior will escalate.”
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The Most Serious Distortion of Islam in History – Oh Hussein

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S. Nasrallah: Takfiris’ Atrocities Most Serious Distortion of Islam in History
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Sayyed NasrallahHezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that what the takfiris are committing nowadays is the most serious distortion of Islam throughout the history as the means of communication and media convey the images to the entire world.During the third night of Muharram at Sayyed Al-Shuhadaa complex in the southern suburb of Beirut, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the takfiris’ conduct deports the non-Muslims from Islam, adding that they kill and slaughter and base their atrocities on fabricated Prophet’s Hadiths.”The takfiris present the Muslims as a group that are thirsty for bloodshed,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, “This would consecrate this falsified concept about Islam.”

His Eminence pointed out that the takfiri thought is based on atoning, shedding blood, confiscating properties and violating the honor of all who are different (others).

“The takfiri thought was established in the Arab world almost 200 years ago and was provided with financial as well as governmental capabilities which founded the universities, schools, newspapers, and houses of publications in order to pervade its concepts all over the world.”

“Islam, the nation and the Islamic societies are being threatened by this takfiri thought whose causes, not effects must be addressed.”

Sayyed Nasrallah called on defending Islam as he saw that the Sunni and the Shiite clerics must loudly convey the reality of Islam to the world.

Hezbollah leader considered that the confrontation with takfirism must be primarily cultural, intellectual and scientific

Sayyed Nasrallah also called on preventing the spread of this trend, considering that Saudi Arabia is primarily responsible for  this task by closing the schools from where the takfiri ideology emerges.

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that facing the takfiri trend is not carried out only by the security and the militarily option because “Islam does not seek murdering, but rescuing people in this life and in the afterlife.”

Source: Al Manar TV

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Tunisia’s al-Nahda changes its discourse ahead of key post-revolution election

Supporters of Tunisian Ennahda Party hold Tunisian national flag, party’s flags and shout slogans as the founder of Ennahda movement, Rashid al-Ghannushi, speaking during a rally ahead of Tunisian parliamentary election, which will be held on October 22, in Suleiman town of Nabeul, Tunisia, on October 22, 2014. (Photo: Anadolu Agency – Yassine Gaidi)
Published Friday, October 24, 2014
Sunday, October 26, will be the most important day for Tunisians since the ousting of former President Zein al-Abidine ben Ali. It will be the day they will elect the first parliament after the revolution to take on major tasks and powers, many of which have been in the hands of the national constituent assembly which was elected in October 2011.
Tunis – The election will take place under the new constitution ratified on December 26 to be followed by presidential elections. The central question today probably revolves around one of the most important parties in the Tunisian political scene, al-Nahda, which has governed the country in the past three years but is changing its discourse today to attract the largest number of votes.
After three years of being in power and the resentment that developed against the party among Tunisians, al-Nahda is trying to present a new “polished” image of itself. It abandoned a number of its leaders and founders by not nominating them to the parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday because they presented a negative image of the party in the past three years of the life of the national constituent assembly.
The party’s electoral lists, which have been officially declared, lacked some of the historical figures associated with the oldest Islamist movement in Tunisia since its official inception under the name the Movement of Islamic Tendency in June 1981.
Among these figures is Sadok Chourou, nicknamed Tunisia’s Mandela because of the many years he spent in prison under Habib Bourguiba and Zein al-Abidine ben Ali. In almost three years of the life of the national constituent assembly, Chourou did not once take off the Afghan cloak he wears.
Another person that was not included is Habib Ellouze who is famous for wearing his traditional Tunisian clothes in the parliament and during his speeches calling for jihad in Syria and for implementing Islamic law and incorporating it into the constitution. The party list also excluded MP Najib Mourad representing the province of Monastir who is known for his pithy and hardline statements in addressing political issues.
Al-Nahda’s decision to abandon figures that played a prominent role in establishing the movement and expanding it by preaching in mosques during the 1970s and 1980s and who garnered more votes than the party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, at the party’s first public conference in June 2012 has more than one meaning in and outside Tunisia.
It is a message to Tunisian public opinion and the international community as well, stating that al-Nahda Party has definitively broke with the religious proselytizing discourse that has been associated with it since its inception. The demands and challenges of governance prompted the party to abandon this kind of discourse and adopt a civil political discourse instead that does not include declarations of disbelief against others and does not call for a religious state or for implementing Islamic law. In other words, it completely parted ways with the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood movements which adopt the Sayyid Qutb and Abul Ala Maududi school where implementing Islamic law represents the backbone of its discourse.

It [al-Nahda] completely parted ways with the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood movements which adopt the Sayyid Qutb and Abul Ala Maududi school where implementing Islamic law represents the backbone of its discourse.

The party uses its new discourse as proof of its good faith vis-à-vis the constitution it approved, a constitution that guarantees freedom of conscience – which no religious movement can embrace – safeguards women’s rights, calls for equality and preserves personal status law which outlaws polygamy. All this completely contradicts the discourse of Arab and Islamic religious movements. 
Al-Nahda is trying to promote this polished discourse before the election to avoid the weak performance of the two governments headed by al-Nahda leaders, Hamadi Jebali and Ali Laarayedh. Despite all that, the new discourse has not reassured Tunisians who have experienced al-Nahda for the past three years, saw its achievements and realize that it will be met with failure like its discourse in the 2011 election.
Before the October 2011 election, al-Nahda Party promoted a modernist discourse in which it stressed that it is a Tunisian party rooted in the legacy of Tunisia’s reform movement. But once it got into power, it started to reveal its true Muslim Brotherhood face.
It gave the green light to religious associations and clerics to wage a campaign to “Afghanize” Tunisia by promoting religious education in the Pakistani vein, restricting freedoms through what Ghannouchi calls the “dynamics of social pressures” and turning a blind eye to arms smuggling from Libya. 
Al-Nahda put its supporters in key government positions, recompensed its prisoners by recruiting them and providing them with monetary compensation, established a parallel network of media outlets, flooded the country with preachers from the Gulf and Egypt known for ideas alien to Tunisian society such as female circumcision and veiling young girls and legalized political parties openly hostile to the republican system and its values such as the Tahrir Party headed by Rida Belhaj and the Tunisia Zitouna Party headed by Adel Almi who called for beating Tunisians who choose not to fast during Ramadan, polygamy and abandoning the personal status law.

The country witnessed in the past three years a security collapse that began with targeting and assassinating figures opposed to al-Nahda Party like Lotfi Nagdh … leftist leader Chukri Beleid … and the Nasserist leader Mohammed Brahmi.

In addition, the country witnessed in the past three years a security collapse that began with targeting and assassinating figures opposed to al-Nahda Party like Lotfi Nagdh, representative of Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia’s Call) who is considered the first martyr under al-Nahda’s rule, leftist leader Chukri Beleid on February 6, 2013 and the Nasserist leader Mohammed Brahmi on July 25, 2013. 

Accusations were directly leveled at al-Nahda Party, especially the interior minister at the time and Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh for being directly responsible for the two assassinations. 

In addition, more than 50 individuals from the army, police and national guard were martyred, not to mention facilitating the travel of thousands of young men and women to Syria to fight the Syrian regime.
All this happened under al-Nahda’s rule. Will this party succeed once again in attracting Tunisian public opinion through its project and renew trust in its candidates for parliamentary and presidential elections? Or will Tunisians take into consideration what happened to them in the past three years from the rise in poverty and unemployment to discovering assassinations for the first time and the killing of soldiers and members of security forces and therefore hold al-Nahda accountable in the ballot box?
Al-Nahda Party runs for election with a heavy legacy whose motto is the “emerging dictatorship” as the head of its first government and its former Secretary-General Hamadi Jebali called it. The parties challenging it are counting on the slogan of regaining a democratic Tunisia to attract voters. What chance does al-Nahda have at the ballot box?
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Islamism in Egypt – untangling the confusion

ED: 

Alī ‘Abd al-Rāziq hit the nail in saying; Islam is a religion but not a state, because, in Islam despite what happened in History, Freedom is the first pillar of Islam:

“There is no compulsion in religion,” – Holy Quran (Al-Baqarah 2: 256)

Those who claimed that the verses and other Quranic verses signifying that there is no compulsion in religion are abrogated don’t represent real Islam.

Allah says,

“And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad) then compel mankind, until they become believers?” (Yunus 10: 99)

 {And say: “The truth from your Lord (has come in this Qur’an). ” Then, whoever wills (to believe), let him believe; and whoever wills (to disbelieve), let him disbelieve.} (Al-Kahf 18: 29)

 Allah also says,

{God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your]  faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loves those  who are just.} (Al-Mumtahanh 60: 8)

Quranic verses that allow fighting should be read and interpreted within its context. Fighting is permitted only, in self-defense, in defense of freedom, and for those who have been expelled forcibly from their homes, such as Palestinians.

The Quran says:

{Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God  does not love transgressors.(Al-Baqarah 2: 190)

The Quran says again,

{If they seek peace, then seek you peace.  And trust in God for He is the One that hears  and knows all things.(Al-Anfal 8: 61)

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Islamism in Egypt – untangling the confusion

Tarek Heggy

[WITH EDITORIAL CORRECTION] There continues to be confusion about the events of June 30th2013, when thirty three million [*] Egyptians spilled onto the squares and streets of Egyptian cities demanding the removal of President Morsi. Media commentary has tended to focus on matters of legitimacy concerning the latest aspect of the crisis – the cancellation of the results of the ballot box that had taken place 12 months before, and the suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood – without at the same time providing a fuller analysis of the events – no less touching on legitimacy – that led up to this momentous occurrence.
If this does not constitute a ‘revolution’ then what does?
It is therefore, I feel, worth providing some clarification. I will start by discussing what happened in Egypt on 30 June 2013, and by posing a simple question: Did the coming out of more than thirty three million Egyptians onto the squares and streets of many Egyptian cities constitute a ‘revolution’ or something else?
The term ‘revolution’ is generally employed when a very large number of the people adopt practical standpoints brought about by a change or a series of large-scale changes in what is happening on the ground. And this is precisely the point:
on June 30th 2013 more than half the number of Egyptians eligible to vote and almost three times the number of those who voted for the president, and who made up the crowds calling for his dismissal on that date, had spilled onto the streets of most Egyptian towns calling for Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood president, to be removed from office. This manifestation of mass behaviour brought about a hugely influential event that embodied the end of the first period of rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian history, 369 days following their accession to power.
Again one has to ask the question: If this does not constitute a ‘revolution’ then what does?
Many outside Egypt are unaware that those crowds on June 30th 2013 gathered together after the Muslim Brotherhood president had refused three demands presented by the popular opposition:
1) that there should be a popular referendum to decide whether he should stay or relinquish his post;
2) that there should be early presidential elections; or
3) that he should immediately resign.
There is a woeful lack of understanding of what political Islam actually is
Many outside Egypt also do not know that, prior to June 30th 2013, over 22 million Egyptian signatures had been collected demanding that the Muslim Brotherhood president stand down. There are many, again outside of Egypt, who fail to conceive what would have been the implications of the following scenario:

Following the refusal of three of their demands and the collection of over 20 million Egyptian signatures demanding the sacking of the Muslim Brotherhood president more than 30 million Egyptians spill out onto the squares and onto the streets of most of the towns of Egypt on 30 June 2013 calling for the removal of Muhammad Morsi, subsequent to which the Egyptian army fails to stand side-by-side with the Egyptian crowds.

What then would have happened?
Any understanding of the way things are in Egypt and the mindset, culture, modes of behaviour and history of every Islamist political faction, would tell you that a major confrontation would have taken place in the squares and streets between peaceful citizens demanding the resignation of the Muslim Brotherhood president, and his Islamist supporters whose mentality rests upon pillars of violence. It is my conviction that, had not the Egyptian army decided upon siding with the June 30th revolution, Egyptian towns would have witnessed scenes of massacres with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood president murdering their opponents in nothing other than a violent confrontation between a peaceful majority and a bloodthirsty minority.
 The history of Islamic societies and current events now unfolding in Syria, Yemen and Libya tell us just how bloody these killers are and how little relation they have with modern humane values such as pluralism and respect for the Other, or with relativism, freedom of opinion, with the systems of a modern state or the rights of women and so on.
Afghanistan under the Taleban: contradictions to the modern state
There remains the disaster, the tragedy, inherent in the viewpoint of some that, as a political party, the Muslim Brotherhood is somehow capable of being subsumed into the political life of a modern society. It is, I feel, a point of view that simply reflects a woeful lack of understanding of what political Islam actually is. It also reflects another misconception – the belief held by some that there exist factions and strategic differences between the various currents of political Islam.
 Anyone carrying out a deep study of the political history of Islamic societies or anyone familiar with the culture of the currents of political Islam can only come to two crystal-clear conclusions: firstly, that the multiple currents of political Islam are merely branches and leaves of a tree whose trunk is formed of a single mindset, one that is embodied by the Muslim Brotherhood; secondly, that the strategic goals of each and every trend of political Islam are in fact one and the same: the dismantling of the modern state system and its replacement with the system of an Islamic caliphate, something which ‘Alī ‘Abd al-Rāziq, in his book Islam and the Foundations of Governance (1925)[1], established was nothing more than a mere fantasy.
The multiple currents of political Islam are merely branches and leaves of a tree whose trunk is formed of a single mindset
How can there be a political system in the absence of a mechanism for the rotation of power or the absence of the mechanisms of government?
As history tells us, the methods adopted by the first four rulers known as the Orthodox caliphs differed widely from each other, while the chosen ruling system in the Umayyad and Abbasid states was one of outright dynastic kingship. 
Every ruler during the eras of the first four caliphs and the Umayyad and ‘Abbasid princes ruled in a different way and, indeed, without any clear underlying system. No conscientious researcher into the political history of Islamic societies or the culture of contemporary currents of political Islam can honestly say that any single one of these trends, were they to accede to power, would preserve the framework and foundations of the modern state. We need only cast an eye over the history of the first, second and third Saudi states, the Taleban state in Afghanistan, the Islamic Courts Union in Somalia, the areas that have come under the influence and hegemony of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the reality of regions under the control of Islamists in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya to understand how egregious the contradiction is between any state directed by believers in political Islam and modern systems of state, law, human rights, and the rights of women.
The 1981 assassination of President Sadat – a tradition bequeathed
It is therefore pointless for us to give any credence to claims made by (for example) the Muslim Brotherhood to believe in the systems of the modern state, its constitutional rules, modern legality and the rights of man simply on the grounds of their say so. It would also be spectacularly futile to believe that the Muslim Brotherhood (for example) have eschewed violence or the killing and assassination of their rivals simply on their word. Since the assassination of the Egyptian Prime Minister in 1945 and 1948, and dozens of other subsequent assassinations – most notably the assassination of President Sadat on October 6th 1981 and the assassinations perpetrated by the Brotherhood today in Egypt – their own history and the unfolding facts on the ground demonstrate that the Muslim Brotherhood have not forsaken violence and murder but rather have bequeathed them to the currents that are spawned from them.
There can be no doubt that Al Qaeda and Hamas, for example, are really two scions of the mentality and attitudes espoused by the Muslim Brotherhood. There is also no doubt that ISIL and the Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria and Iraq are two outgrowths of the Wahhabism that have slipped the leash of Wahhabism’s alliance with the Āl Saʽūd in Saudi Arabia.

[*] Readers are advised that the earlier publication of this article contained an editorial error, whereby the number was given as ‘three million’. We are grateful to the author for bringing attention to our error.
[1] Alī ‘Abd al-Rāziq (1888-1966) argued in his work Islam and the Foundations of Government, that Islam is a religion but not a state, and that Muhammad’s role was one of ‘communicator’, rather than sovereign. He noted that Islam does not advocate a specific form of government and that Muslims may therefore agree on any system of government, religious or worldly, so long as it serves the interest and common welfare of their society.  The context of his comments was the increasing voice, following the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate two years earlier, calling for the reinstating of an Arab-speaking caliph, arguing that the office had historically been claimed for political rather than religious ends (Ed.)

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Terrorism in Jobar on its last legs

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Terrorism in Jobar on its last legs

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Syrian Army Repels Infiltration Attempt in Jobar, Kills Scores of Terrorists

The Syrian Army units continued on Wednesday to repel and target terrorists in various areas, frustrating the infiltration attempts of some of their groups and destroying the dens and gatherings of others, with many of the terrorists getting killed in the course of the operations, SANA reported.

Army units repelled attempts by terrorists to infiltrate from the western-southern direction of Jobar neighborhood in Damascus Countryside, killing several of them after discovering a number of tunnels through which the terrorists tried to infiltrate.

In Daraa, an army unit foiled an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate from al-Kawabel building towards Manasher al-Hajar in the surrounding area of Atman town in the countryside of the southern province, killing many of them and injuring others.

Army units killed a number of terrorists and injure others after targeting their hideouts in al-Kark al-Sharqi, Tuloul Khalaf and Um al-Mayazen in Daraa countryside and in al-Bajabejeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad in the city.

In the same context, units of the armed forces targeted gatherings of terrorists in the surrounding of al- Hamidyia, Mas’hara, Um Batina, al-Ajraf and al- Douha in the countryside of the southern province of Quneitra, leaving a number of the terrorists dead and others wounded and destroying several of their vehicles which were equipped with heavy machine guns.

Army units killed numbers of terrorists and destroyed a car with all terrorists aboard it in operations carried out against their dens and gatherings in al-Rastan, al-Sultaniya, Um al-Reesh and Um Sahrij in the countryside of the central province of Homs.

An army unit eliminated a number of ISIL terrorists and injured others in al-Sina’a neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city.

Other units destroyed ISIL hideouts in the neighborhoods of al-Reshdiye, al-Ardi, and al-Matar al-Qadim in the city, injuring a number of terrorists and killing others.

Another unit destroyed a concentration of terrorists near al-Siyasiye bridge and destroyed their weapons.

Source: Agencies

15-10-2014 – 18:06 Last updated 15-10-2014 – 18:06



Syrian Army Repels Infiltration Attempt in Jobar, Kills Scores of Terrorists

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Jawbar:  It could be announced any moment.  The SAA is primarily involved in cleaning up over-ground and underground in this once-infested town.  An attempt by remnant rodents to re-infiltrate in the direction of the Soap Factory and slaughterhouses was repelled with substantial losses to the mostly foreign rodents of Nusra.

The rats used another tunnel which had not been detected at that time by the SAA.  Of course, that was in the past.  It’s worth mentioning also that Monzer is observing heavy daytime and nighttime bombing by the SAAF all over Jawbar in areas where there are concentrations of rats.  These were killed 3 days ago among a group of 46:

  • Al-Habeeb Bu-Taayel Al-Barhoomi (TUNISIAN DINGO BLACKHEAD)
  • Fahd Al-Dawsali (TUNISIAN RAT FOLLICLE)
  • Muhammad Al-Zaawi (LIBYAN TERMITE SALIVA)

Al-Reehaan Farms:  Liberated and deloused completely by SAA as of 2 days ago.

Tal Kurdi Farms:  Could be announced liberated any day now.  To the northeast ofDoumaa where ‘Alloosh awaits his final voyage to the Void, the SAA killed 13 rodents fromJaysh Al-Islam:

  • Mu’een Habeeb
  • ‘Abdullah Al-Mukattibi
  • Faheem Muhammad Sirhaan
  • Ahmad Karneeb
  • ‘Abdul-Raheem Suwaylih

The others were not named.

Harastaa:  A series of nests were uncovered by SAA and NDF.  These nests are falling like dominoes. No names.

Misraabaa:  The SAA netted another Saudi Arabian heretic and kaafir 3 days ago. He’s finally been identified by a lonely monkey at the Damascus zoo who promptly began trying necrophilia with him:

Bilaal Al-‘Aamiri (SAUDI ARABIAN GREEN MONKEY VIRUS)   

Doumaa:  The 10 rodents killed here 3 days ago have been determined to belong to Al-Jabha Al-Islamiyya and all were foreign with 2 of them from Chechnya.  They were thought to be Syrian because Doumaa is mostly ‘Alloosh-Land.  However, tracking on their communications indicated otherwise.  There are no details.

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‘Ayn Turmaa Town:  No the valley which was deloused.  The SAA killed this rat 2 days ago:

  • Saami Jawaad (LIBYAN MAMBA PUS)

Al-Qaasimiyya Farms, Al-Bihaariyya Farms, Al-Zamaaniyya Farms:  Deep in the E. Ghoutaa.  The SAA is relentlessly pursuing Saudi-Wahhabi heretic rodents everywhere.

عمليات مركزة ضد تجمعات الإرهابيين في مسرابا وحرستا وعين ترما

The rats are dying like flies in the Qalamoon. They cannot break back into this area from the Lebanon.  The SAAF clobbered them yesterday at Qaarra, Al-Mushrifa, ‘Assaal Al-Ward.

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Islamic State name meant to shame Islam

Kevin Barrett

Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:3PM GMT

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The US and its allies created the name “Islamic State” for this terrorist group ISIL in order to discredit Islam, an analyst tells Press TV.

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Kevin Barrett, an editor for Veteran’s Today, told Press TV in an interview Monday,

“They’ve created the name ‘Islamic State’ (IS) for this group to try to discredit political Islam and the Islamic Awakening. They have pretended that it’s an enemy, but it’s an enemy they created and it’s serving their interests.”

“They are training the Western people to hate Islamic State – they use Islamic State as the reason for stepped-up US intervention,” the commentator said.

The comment comes as warfare between Kurdish fighters and the ISIL Takfiri militants rages on inside the strategic Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani.

Over 400 people have reportedly been killed in weeks of heavy battle in Kobani. The reports also say that intense fighting over the strategic town has forced over 200,000 people to take refuge in neighboring Turkey.

The United States and its allies started airstrikes against the ISIL bombing the outskirts of Kobani last month. However, there is growing concern over the effectiveness of the military operation with many Kurdish officials saying the air raids are not working.

Barrett wonders if the US is sincere about stopping ISIL, noting that ISIL was created by the US and its allies in the Middle East region.

“There is the question of whether ISIL is playing a role to provoke this kind of intervention allowing the US and its regional allies – you could call them its regional puppets – to move in and try to overthrow the government of Syria,” he further stated.

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