Syria between both Assad’s and IS’s counter-revolution

The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead and nine million people displaced, including three million refugees.

What began in March 2011 as peaceful pro-democracy protests inspired by the Arab Spring’s demands for democracy and social justice, has become a nightmarish military quagmire. Regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia are backing opposing sides to boost their own influence.

The regime of Bashar al-Assad has sought to convince the world of two things: that it is winning; and that supporting the Syrian army is necessary to oppose Islamic State and Jabhat Al Nusra (the local Al Qaeda affiliate).

But recently there have been renewed victories for the insurgency.

In the north, they took control of Idlib’s provincial capital in March, and one month later took the strategically important city of Jisr a-Shugour. Meanwhile, the Southern Front (a coalition of 58 rebel factions affiliated with the Free Syrian Army) has gained ground in Daraa province.

Despite efforts at conscription, Assad is running out of soldiers. For example, Afghan Hazaras are being used by Iran to fight and die as cannon fodder.

There are divisions within Assad’s inner-circle, with some publicly expressing anger that Iranian officials enjoy more power than they do. Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria’s National Security Bureau was recently placed under house arrest for plotting a coup. In late April, chief of political security Rustom Ghazaleh was beaten and killed.

Assad retains the backing of Hezbollah and Iran. And he still holds his core areas between the capital Damascus and the Mediterranean coast, including Homs and Lakatia.

Moreover, Assad forces continue to enjoy aerial superiority. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented over 12,500 regime air raids for 2015 so far, (including 6686 barrel bombs dropped from helicopters). As a result, 1820 civilians had been killed and a further 15,000 wounded.

This has led to calls from within the opposition for a No Fly Zone over Syria, backed recently by online campaigners Avaaz. But such calls are misguided. A No Fly Zone would not demilitarise the conflict as it would require the US to impose it, and would allow Assad to try to position himself as an anti-imperialist.

Lesser evil?

Another thing working in the regime’s favour is the rise of Islamic State (IS), which has led some on the left to support Assad as the lesser evil.

Yet despite IS’s highly publicised atrocities, including beheadings, the regime has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths.

It is wrong to see any qualitative difference between Assad and IS—both want to impose vicious dictatorial regimes that allow no space for democratic rights or working class organisation.

They are both forms of counter-revolution that want to crush the initial popular democratic movements inspired by the Arab Spring.

There is evidence that the rise of IS fitted in with the strategy of Assad. While Assad was busy crushing democratic, secular activists, three months after the uprising started, he liberated many Salafist and reactionary groups from prisons like Seidnaya near Damascus.

Joseph Daher, who runs the Syria Freedom Forever blog wrote: “The Assad regime has concluded various oil deals, first with Jabhat al-Nusra and then IS since 2013.”

Until ISIS took the regime’s military base in Raqqa late last year, ISIS and Assad forces rarely fought each other directly. ISIS instead focused its energies on attacking other opposition commanders, and seizing already liberated areas such as Al Raqqa. All of this suited the interests of Assad. In the north, the Free Syrian Army and Kurdish brigades are finding common cause due to ISIS’s assaults on them.

Western governments including the US are moving towards an accommodation with Assad. In 2013, the US threatened airstrikes against his regime. Just one year later, Obama started bombing IS, with the tacit support of Assad. When a US airstrike on 1 May killed 52 civilians in the village of Birmahle in eastern Aleppo province there was no condemnation from the regime.

In the past the US favoured ousting Assad. Now Secretary of State John Kerry says “we need to negotiate in the end” with him.

Despite the political impasse, most of the Syrian people want neither Assad nor ISIS. In the lead up to the fourth anniversary of the uprising in March, there were protests in cities including Aleppo, Douma, and Saqba against abuses committed by both the regime and reactionary jihadist groups. In some towns, such as Kafranbel in Idlib, weekly protests still occur supporting the aims of the revolution.

Organising such actions has become difficult, but there are still democratic forces within Syria who are trying to keep the original ideals of the revolution alive.


A Letter to Mr. Obama from a Syrian woman

Dear Mr. Obama,

So we heard you decided to change your plans in Syria and this time even arm the “moderate rebels” with more and more advanced weapons to fight the ISIS/ISIL. So who are you fooling? You may fool your people who you force them to watch what YOU and your government want on your news channels and hide the truth. Did you tell your people that on Syrian Channels those harsh killings of ISIS and your “moderate rebels” how they chop of heads and open up pregnant women’s bellies have been there since 2 and a half years ago and it is not a new thing? Or did you leave those terrorists become stronger and kill more and more of our civilians and army so that you will come to play the Hero after all that time? Where were you when your UN representative refused to listen and got out of the UN meeting when the Syrian representative was giving proofs of terrorist attacks on primary schools where more than 65 children died at the same day. Where were you when they attacked a neighborhood called Adra just because they are pro government and burned woman and children in the neighborhood’s bakery and chopped the heads of the men and put them instead of street lightbulbs? Oh your moderate rebels didn’t tell you they did that? Because it was them who did all those not the ISIS? and now you are going to arm them even more? They are already blowing up cars, attacking schools, raping women, killing automatically anyone who is a minority sect, stealing houses and firing rockets at civil areas…What else would you want them to do? Fight ISIS? how are they any different? The only reason they are fighting each other is to decide who gains control of the oil fields so they will sell it to your “terrorist supporting and funding” government. 

You created the ISIS to destroy Syria, to decide who is going to be our next president to destroy our army but after 3 years your plan failed ! You needed a plan B to interfere in my country and that is to come as a hero and fight ISIS. Well maybe then you should arm the Syrian Army who have been fighting them from day one not rebels who were part of ISIS but then fought over who kills more and each called themselves a different name. FSA,Nusra, Islamic Army, ISIS where all armed gangs in the beginning you helped them grow into all these monsters. They are made of 105 nationalities so how is that good to Syria and Syrians Mr Obama? You know they are not tourists right?

Your new plan to arm those gangs to fight each other and to remove as you said the president who regardless who he is…he is still the commander of the Syrian Army. So you are going to leave Syria with sectarian gangs and remove the army? No Sir you won’t succeed. WE ARE FREE PEOPLE. WE DECIDE WHO RULES US. WHO FIGHTS FOR US. WHO IS OUR ENEMY AND WHO IS NOT. WE DECIDE !!! You don’t get to decide anything for us. Get your stupid planes and plans out of our country. Get your armed terrorists gangs out of our country and this war will simply end. Stop making plans because the only thing they caused is Death. So whatever your plan for us is PLEASE know we won’t surrender easily. You will have to kill even more and more of us for it to work.

I am a free woman who won’t be forced to wear a certain way. I am a free woman who refuse to be seen as a sex symbol. Who refuse to be raped by those monsters. Who refuse to be forced to stay at home, not get educated or go to school. Who refuse to be forced to get married at the age of 10. Who refuse to be forced to get married to a man (I don’t know from what country he came or what language he speaks) who they choose for her. I refused to be a woman who is either killed because she is christian or Alawites or jew or converts to whatever sect they choose for her. I am a woman who refuse to be priced and sold! Because that is what those “moderate rebels” together with their “fake” enemy the ISIS are doing in the areas they get control of!!!

I would rather live with a secular dictator, stay at my job and marry or date the man I love. Thank you for your fake freedom and democracy because well I can’t see it with your rebels! 



A Free Syrian Woman 

100% of the proceeds of this Syria tee will go directly to Islamic Relief’s Syrian Humanitarian Aid Fund. This provides the people of Syria with much-needed food, hygiene kits and living essentials such blankets and stoves.


Although the fears never came to pass, the use of chemical weapons by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War gave coalition forces great concern as they prepared for the liberation of Kuwait. Soldiers were issued full-body NBC (Nuclear-Biological-Chemical) suits, and regularly trained in their use. As it turned out, Iraq never utilized their chemical weapon stores during the Gulf War.

(All photos IWM)


Palmyra one of the oldest cities in the world founded in 2000BC located in Homs Suburbs is now under attack by the hundreds from ISIS terrorists. Until now 36 civilians are dead in a massacre ISIS committed in the villages surrounding Palmyra in an attempt to concur the city and destroy and sell its ancient artifacts that are thousands of years old. The Syrian Army is now engaging in one of most fierce battles defending Syria’s History and trying to free the city and the people trapped in areas that ISIS took over it.

The Syrian directorate of Antiquities and Museums : Palmyra is an archaeological global city and the international community has a responsibility to keep its artifacts in Palmyra where it belongs and defend it against ISIS.

But since the Syrian government has been warning for days now that ISIS is trying to take over Palmyra and the international community as usual did nothing so the The Syrian directorate of Antiquities and Museums just announced an hour ago that: The Syrian Army and the people of Palmyra are defending the historical , Archaeological and humanitarian position of this city with their own lives on the behalf of the silent world!

Palmyra will not fall. ISIS will try to wipe out and sell our history but we will remain!


The Syrians today launched a hashtag called #جيشننا_أملنا in support of the Syrian Army’s battles against ISIS terrorists and their affiliates. 

Also they united their profile pictures on social media (facebook,twitter) and others with the picture above.

The hashtag in english means Our army is our hope. #ourarmyourhope

Reblog please and share our support. It is important for other countries to understand that the Syrians believe that their ONE AND Only savior is the Syrian Arab Army


Look at these men, these are the men that have been defending Syria for the past 26 months.
That their lifestyle, that’s how they eat, and live everyday while their lives are threatened so every Syrian can live peacefully.

God bless the bravest most patriotic men on the face of this earth, the Syrian Arab Army that promised to protect this country with all they got.

May god protect our soldiers and be with them in ever moment.