Anti-Assad activist draws balance of rebel presence in Aleppo

The following acts of crime and injustice were not carried out by the Nusra Front but by “moderate” rebels

“Rebels…had very little regard for the lives and property of the people, and would…
– systematically loot the neighborhoods they entered
– kidnap for ransom and execute anyone they pleased
– deliberately vandalize and destroy ancient and historical landmarks and icons of the city
– strip factories and industrial zones bare…hauling their loot..to Turkey to be sold at a fraction of its price
– shell residential civilian neighborhoods under regime control with mortars, rocket fire and car bombs, causing death and injury to countless innocent people

 

 

What Hezbollah is doing in Syria, I.

Whether you like him or not Nasrallah is right with this:

“…Hezbollah cannot be on the side of America and Israel, or with those who dig up graves, open chests, and behead other people.”

Unlike the libyan, tunisian or chechen and other Salafis who act as though they are on a “Jihad tour” befalling first Libya, now Syria and later possibly Lebanon and Iraq:

“The resistance is fighting in Syria to prevent the battle from moving to Lebanon”. This is closer to the truth than the nonsense that they have come to Syria to kill Sunnis. If they were after Sunnis they would go to Tripoli.

“Moderate” rebels long before Jabhat al Nusras “rise to fame”

In the “heydays” of Syrias “secular freedom fighters” prior to Al-Nusras rising

Iraqi border guards had witnessed the Free Syrian Army take control of a border outpost, detain a Syrian army lieutenant colonel, and then cut off his arms and legs.

“Then they executed 22 Syrian soldiers in front of the eyes of Iraqi soldiers,”

 

Houla – The “mother of all massacres” in Syria

“Within days of the first reports of the Houla massacre, the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, and several other Western countries announced that they were expelling Syria’s ambassadors in protest.”

There are strong indications that the rebels rather than the army perpetrated the massacre

Report: Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre

Eine Auslöschung

One Year After the Houla Massacre. New Report on Official vs. Real Truth

Sunnis and Shias in Iraq – Light in the dark

Karbala: history’s long shadow

On one morning eight bombs went off in an hour in Shia districts of Baghdad. On another there were 11 almost simultaneously – again in Shia neighbourhoods.
There was an attack too on a Sunni mosque in Baqubah and another close to a funeral procession.
Speaking to Iraqis at the bombsites and in hospitals, what surprised me was the very apparent lack of hatred towards the other sect.

(No) Iranian fighters in Syria

Robert Fisk: ‘Syrian war could go on for two, three years’

What impression did you get from the Syrian government soldiers?

I found them a…pretty determined army…Many of the soldiers I spoke to had been wounded. So they are tough, ruthless men on the government side…the government forces in Syria are clearly taking territory from the rebels.

What role is Iran playing in this conflict?

We know that the Iranian government has given advice, but these are very, very small token forces, compared to the propaganda, which is that thousands and thousands of Iranians are arriving en masse. I did not see any Iranian soldiers on any front line.

Jabhat al Nusra: Many Sunnis and ALL Shias are “Infidels” (Kuffar)

An interview with Jabhat al-Nusra

<<What about Alawites?

Allah knows what will happen to them. There is a difference between the basic kuffar [infidels] and those who converted from Islam. If the latter, we must punish them. Alawites are included. Even Sunnis who want democracy are kuffar as are all Shia. It’s not about who is loyal and who isn’t to the regime; it’s about their religion.>>