The following High profile figures have been claimed to have been assassinated by the Free Syria Army in Damascus today:
The Head of intelligence, minister of interior, and minister of defence and many more.
The significance of the assassination of these filthy men means that the Assad regime is coming to an end.
I predict that a full blown war like Libya will not occur since the territories in Syria mean less to who is commanding these armies.
It is a battle of figureheads and man power at this point, and intelligence battles.
The Assad regime has been notorious for fabricating “Terrorist” attacks on civilians and blaming it on the Free Syria Army. Their propaganda campaign is vicious.
The great part about assasinating these guys before getting rid of Bashar Al Assad, is Bashar, unlike Gaddafi does not centralize all of the power in him and is merely a figurehead of the Baathist Regime.
Unless you actually kill off all these figures, you will not be able to rid yourself of Tyranny.
Next, should be the Hama Massacre Generals that are infesting in the lands of Douma and Daraa.
The scourge of unadulterated fascism has once again ravaged Iraq and ruined the lives of countless numbers of innocents. The fusion of cunning Baathist tyranny and Islamist terror has seen a formidable standing enemy in the way of any chance of Iraq becoming a successful multi-denominational polity. Instead those who wish to subjugate Iraqis under the yoke of fascism are out in force in the form…
For well over two years ISIS and other al-Qaeda-style groups have been the main driving force in the Syrian war that has claimed over 170,000 lives, with millions made refugees. And now, suddenly, Obama wants to intervene for “humanitarian” reasons to fight ISIS. But the actual reason that ISIS attracted Obama’s missiles is that the terror group did something unforgivable: It has finally threatened “U.S. interests,” whereas before the interests of ISIS and Obama were perfectly aligned…
…These terror groups were encouraged to grow exponentially in their fight against al-Assad, with Obama knowing full well that Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allied Gulf States were sending mountains of money, guns, and fighters to the jihadists. There was simply was no one else effectively fighting al-Assad, a dynamic that has artificially lengthened a war that would have ended years ago, while creating the environment that ISIS thrived in. Much of the money and guns that Obama shipped to the “moderate” Islamists rebels of course found its way into the hands of the jihadists, since thousands of moderates have since joined ISIS.
I just want to point out that the Baathists/AQ nexus touted by GW Bush to spin you into a war on Saddam’s Iraq did not exist… It took US POLICIES in the region after we sent him to be executed at the hands of his internal enemies to create that bizarre coalition.
Without a strong, galvanizing Syrian leader with a compelling unifying vision, backed by the international community, getting rid of Assad will not bring order to Syria. And disorder in Syria will not have the same consequences as disorder in other countries in the region.
Syria is the keystone of the Middle East. If and how it cracks apart could recast this entire region. The borders of Syria have been fixed ever since the British and French colonial powers carved up the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. If Assad is toppled and you have state collapse here, Syria’s civil war could go regional and challenge all the old borders — as the Shiites of Lebanon seek to link up more with the Alawite/Shiites of Syria, the Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey try to link up with each other and create an independent Kurdistan, and the Sunnis of Iraq, Jordan and Syria draw closer to oppose the Shiites of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
We could be entering a new age of Middle East border-drawing — the do-it-yourself version — where the borders of the Middle East get redrawn, not by colonial outsiders from the top down but by the Middle Easterners themselves, from the bottom up.
Friedman doesn’t say whether this redrawing of the borders is good or bad. I sense that he favors stability rather than the chaos that change can bring. But the lines left behind by the French and British after dismembering the Ottoman empire make no sense, and power politics – like the Alawite takeover of the Syrian Baath party – should cede to democracy.
The subtext is perhaps that Friedman doubts that democracy is coming. Maybe we’ll see new lines drawn, new alliances made, but that this will simply open a new era of sectarian violence and despotism, another front in the seemingly endless struggle between Shiites and Sunnis across the Islamic world, but now an especially violent front in Syria.
ISIS MILITANTS IN KOBANI RETREAT AFTER A MONTHLONG BATTLE
We see it on the news, and it’s always the same. Violence. Syria. And only recently this year Islamic State, better known as ISIS has been plastered all over the media.
Currently, the advance of ISIS on the border town of Kobani has hindered the siege brought on by the militants only early this year. The month-long battle of Kobani shifted in favour of the Kurdish fighters defending their city conferring to commanders and Kurd and US Officials. A Kurdish official saying ISIS has lost control of more than 20% of the town.
This week air strikes were led by the US-collation killed hundreds of ISIS fighters, which allowed the Kurdish units to regain territory. The U.S. Strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria now have a name: Operation Inherent Resolve. With progress in their fortunes over the last two days, Kurdish fighters produce a sense of tangible relief as well as the refugee camps filled with Kurds watching from their neighbouring mountain in Turkey, filled with the city’s residents. Only last week Kobani was at the tether of falling to ISIS as it crossed southern and eastern parts of Kobani, raising its flag on a hill overlooking the town.
It has been 24-years to the month since the March 1991 revolt against the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It is important to remember and reevaluate this important moment in Iraq’s modern history.
U.S. Navy F-14’s patrolling Northern Iraqi air space as part of 1991 Operation Provide Comfort in wake of Saddam Hussein’s campaigns against the Shia Arabs and the Kurds.
A recent Der Spiegel article about ISIS’ inner workings describes an Islamic State less a caliphate and more a resurgence of the Baathist intelligence and security apparatus, which would complicate the United States’ legal rationale for pursuing war against a group billed as an offshoot of al-Qaeda
The story is based on a trove of documents captured from a dead man Spiegel
calls “the architect of the Islamic State,” Haji Bakr, allegedly a
former colonel in the intelligence wing of Saddam’s air defense force
and a man who had “secretly been pulling the strings of IS for years.”
If what Der Spegiel writes is correct, it confirms that Bakr
and his fellow operatives used their military and intelligence prowess
to take advantage of the war in Syria as an opportunity to recruit
thousands of foot soldiers and establish a base of operations for a
campaign to retake power.
Reporting on the Islamic State has long mentioned
the involvement of former Iraqi military officials the organization.
However, the alliance between Baathists and the Islamic State’s more
religious elements was portrayed last year as an uneasy one in which the Baathists seemed destined to lose out after outliving their usefulness to the hardcore Islamists.
The Spiegel article is the latest of a number of recent reports
that cast a different light on what the Obama administration has sold
as a war against a direct descendant of the al-Qaeda group that attacked
the US on 9/11. Der Spiegel portrays an organization
run by a secretive group of Baathists that has adopted an affiliation
with the terror network as a means to an end.
ERBIL, Iraq–Meeting with the American ambassador some years ago in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki detailed what he believed was the latest threat of a coup orchestrated by former officers of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
“Don’t waste your time on this coup by the Baathists,” the ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, chided him, dismissing his conspiracy theories as fantasy.
Now, though, with Iraq facing its gravest crisis in years, as Sunni insurgents have swept through northern and central Iraq, Mr. Maliki’s claims about Baathist plots have been at least partly vindicated. While fighters for the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, once an offshoot of Al Qaeda, have taken on the most prominent role in the new insurgency, they have done so in alliance with a deeply rooted network of former loyalists to Saddam Hussein.
The involvement of the Baathists helps explain why just a few thousand Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters, many of them fresh off the battlefields of Syria, have been able to capture so much territory so quickly. It sheds light on the complexity of the forces aligned against Baghdad in the conflict–not just the foreign-influenced group known as ISIS, but many homegrown groups, too. And with the Baathists’ deep social and cultural ties to many areas now under insurgent control, it stands as a warning of how hard it might be for the government to regain territory and restore order.
Many of the former regime loyalists, including intelligence officers and Republican Guard soldiers–commonly referred to as the “deep state” in the Arab world–belong to a group called the Men of the Army of the Naqshbandia Order, often referred to as J.R.T.N., the initials of its Arabic name. The group announced its establishment in 2007, not long after the execution of Mr. Hussein, and its putative leader, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, was one of Mr. Hussein’s most trusted deputies and the highest-ranking figure of the old regime who avoided capture by the Americans.
Referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s fighters, Michael Knights, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who has researched the Naqshbandia group, said, “They couldn’t have seized a fraction of what they did without coordinated alliances with other Sunni groups.”
In some areas under militant control, including areas around Mosul, Kirkuk and Tikrit, he said, “there are definitely pockets where the Naqshbandias are wearing the pants.”
Mr. Douri, the king of clubs in decks of cards given to American forces in 2003 to identify the most-wanted regime leaders, is a mysterious figure, so furtive he was even declared dead in 2005. It is believed that he is still alive today–he would be in his early 70s–although even that is uncertain.
“He’s a great totem of the old regime,” Mr. Knights said. “You need that kind of individual to keep the flame going.”
Analysts say the former regime figures, whose group combines strands of Islamic thought with notions of Arab nationalism typical of Baath ideology, are bedfellows with the Islamist extremists in one respect: Both sides are determined to restore Sunni rule to Iraq and rid the country of what they see as the pernicious influence of Iran, which like Iraq has a Shiite majority. Like the extremists, the former regime figures have won sympathy from ordinary Sunnis who are alienated by Mr. Maliki’s sectarian policies.
While the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group counts many foreign fighters among its ranks, the Naqshbandias are a homegrown organization. Hassan Hassan, an expert on Sunni insurgent groups who is based in Abu Dhabi, recently wrote that the Naqshbandia group consists of thousands of fighters and “is a strong rival to ISIS and has strong social roots in the community.”
Rekan al-Kurwi, a tribal leader in Diyala Province, where both groups have been operating, said: “ISIS are extremists and strangers. The Naqshbandias are not strangers. We know most of them. In some areas that ISIS has taken they are killing our people, they are imposing their Islamic laws on us. We do not want that, and the Naqshbandias are not doing this. They have a good strategy in cooperating with the people.”
While they may be allies today in the interest of fighting a common enemy–the Shiite-dominated government of Mr. Maliki–the two sides are unlikely to coexist if they should attain power in some areas. The Baathists, being more secular and more nationalist, have no interest in living under the harsh Islamic law that ISIS has already started to put in place in Mosul.
Already, there have been reports that the two sides have skirmished inside Mosul, but the Naqshbandias denied that. Mr. Knights said: “For the moment they need each other. But they are going to fight each other eventually.”
Rightfully dubbed the “face” and/or “voice” of the brutal Saddam Hussein regime Tariq Aziz has passed away. His ailing health, he suffered high blood pressure, heart problems as well as diabetes, finally got the better of him and he died aged 79.
President Vladimir Putin (right) meeting Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz (left) in July 2000. / Taken by kremlin.ru
Ewen MacAskill and Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian have an excellent preview of the NATO summit, beginning tomorrow in Wales… …The United States and Britain will discuss a range of military options for tackling Islamic State (Isis) at the Nato summit, opening in Wales on Thursday, ranging from joining in air attacks in Iraq and possibly Syria, to providing more arms to the Kurds and Iraqi government forces fighting them on the ground.
” A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’ rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets online. For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of…
I have always been curious to know why Kurds hate Iraqi's. I'm trying to learn more about Kurdistan history. There's also been many controversial issues between turks and kurds which is confusing. Also do you think Kurdistan will earn independence soon? If it does how do you think it will change the world today and what changes will happen.
I think you are genuinely just ignorant, but just in case - please don’t make it out to sound like we are at fault for our anger. Not just Iraqis, but Arabs in general, have done some really awful things to Kurds. Iraq is occupying part of Kurdistan. And most of them refuse to support us in our fight to get it back. Also, Baathist Iraqis especially hate us and always tell us things like “we wish Saddam would have wiped you guys off the face of the earth” (referring to Saddam’s genocidal campaign against Kurds). What we are feeling is anger and indignation in response to THEIR hate.
Let me give you a brief lesson on the history of modern Turkey. It was founded by Ataturk, who based the country on Turkish superiority. Since then, ethnic and religious minorities have been persecuted, to say the least. Massacres, genocide, xenophobia, etc… Kurds resisted via PKK, and there has been an ongoing war between the PKK and Turkey because of their policies against us. For some time, Turkey made our entire identity illegal - language, ethnicity, culture, literally ANYTHING to do with Kurdishness was banned. That is no longer the case, however the mentality is still there and it is sickening how common it is to hear about a Kurdish civilian being murdered for speaking in their mother tongue. Turks have supported ISIS just because they want ISIS to kill us and destroy our cities. The military is occupying Kurdish cities and has been attacking and murdering Kurds in their own homes - from tiny infants to very elderly women. Our homes have been reduced to rubble over the past few months. Turkey is a fascist state filled with Kemalists (those supporting Ataturk’s policies) and Erdogan supporters. Fuck Turkey!!
A report in the Telegraph UK seems to indicate that the takeover of Mosul and Tikrit allegedly by Sunni radical group ISIS was engineered in collusion with Baathist ‘regime’ elements. If true, this means:
A> It’s a resistance movement against the current US installed groomed government.
B> The Baathists, ALWAYS the moderate ‘protestant-like’ element in the middle east are either colluding with radical islamists now, or we’re being handed a pack of lies again.
My vote goes towards the latter.
Corporal Muammer Naser, 35, told The Telegraph that his superiors had sympathised with remnants of the regime of Saddam Hussein, and that the generals essentially passed control of the city to them. Organised militias of Saddam sympathisers are said to have participated in the takeover of Mosul and Saddam’s birthplace, Tikrit, this week.
This is one of The Caliph’s three captured fighter jets. They are in an air base in Aleppo province. Apparently The Caliph’s goons are being taught how to fly them by Iraqi pilots.
Soooooooooo: everything is falling into place. The Pentagon won’t do shit about these jets. They’re the perfect excuse for establishing a no-fly zone over Syria (that’s what Sultan Erdogan badly wants).
The Pentagon then will have all it takes to shoot ANY Syrian Arab Army jet anywhere.
Of course the path to this was paved with dead civilian bodies, and both sides are right, no matter which way the finger points, it points at a butcher.
Either way, Syrian government overthrown, or ‘softened up’, the West will end up with the oil stolen from Iran
See: ‘The Baby And The Baath Water’ - A Multi-Media History Of The West’s Involvement In Syria & The Region Via The CIA Infiltrated Baath Party, for the definition of “CIA Groomed”.
Addenda: This occurs as The Syrian National Congress, headquartered for most of it’s existence in Turkey wants Lebanon’s Hezbollah, assisting the Syrian government’s forces, to withdraw, as noted in a letter to the General Secretary of Hezbollah - Lebanese Shi'ite Hassan Nasrallah - sent Wednesday from FORMER Syrian “opposition leader” Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib who urged Nasrallah to withdraw all of his fighters from Syria, where they’re serving as militia protection in Shiite towns around the country
Al-Khatib claims it would; “…ensure that what is happening in the country does not turn into a factional war.”, and makes the unbelievably shallow statement; “…the alleged claim of the defence of Shia towns in Syria is unacceptable; have they ever been under any threat in the past hundreds of years?”, while leaving Shiite towns unprotected from attacks by the typically Sunni affiliated CIA mercenaries known as al-Nusra and Libya’s LIFG.
If the Syrian government complies with this request it would divert government military resources to the purpose of local community protection, and away from a consolidated strategy to drive out the invaders.
If the Syrian government DOESN’T comply, the “opposition” will SURELY accuse the Syrians of harboring foreign proxy fighters. If that sounds laughable, watch and see.