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Monday, May 9, 2016

Syria {Masterlist}

Syria {Masterlist}
first posted June 14, 2015
last updates June 21, 2017


A rather impressive amount of research has been done on many episodes and patterns of the Syria conflict at the ACLOS wiki (A Closer Look On Syria), by collecting and analyzing work, reports, and videos by others. So far only select highlights have been brought to this site, with ACLOS links on these crossover subjects given with each post, usually. While not perfect or final, the quantity, quality, and consistency of our results increasingly make these side-lined "pro-regime" analyses much stronger than the pro-opposition versions sold at the time. This is more the shape any reasonable history book will take on the subject. The sharing invites the reader to get ahead of the curve.

The sharing works well when it's two-way. Readers with valuable  info, or relevant opinions, are encouraged to submit it in the comments. Preferably they'll be in a post about just that subject (note - not every subject has a post here, and comments sometimes get a bit random, let's limit that a bit more.) General Syria comments could best go in comments under this masterlist, for example.

See also: all posts tagged Syria

7 Leading Propaganda Claims Addressed
Some of our best work has been in tackling the events in Syria that came closest to triggering outright military intervention to "stop Assad" or get cited the most by those arguing for such moves. This is my top 7 from among these (re-ordered May, 2016). Note: this assembled material makes this post a valuable resource to bookmark, peruse, and share.

Executed police thrown in river, Hama,
August 1 (Rebellion...Hama pt. 1)
1 The Peaceful Protests of 2011 that "Assad" crushed ... this is the primary argument for why "the regime must go" - because it didn't already when some citizens demanded it, and started instead shooting and arresting people, always blaming imaginary armed "terrorists," and some "conspiracy."
* The Peaceful Protests of 2011 {Masterlist} (forthcoming)
* Baniyas The Baniyas Ambush of Syrian Soldiers, April 10, 2011
* Daraa Re-Considering Hamza al-Khatib and the Events of April 29, 2011  Arrested from a peaceful protest and tortured to death? Seriously - that's a question mark at the end.
* Hama Deaths by Shooting: The Rebellion Starts in Hama, part 1
* Hama Robert Ford, Weapons Inspector: The Rebellion Starts in Hama, part 2
* Hama To Kill a Mock-Nightingale: The Rebellion Starts in Hama, part 3
* Hama Crushing the Rebellion at al-Mazarb Bridge: The Rebellion Begins in Hama, part 4
* Jisr al-Shughour: Peaceful Protests in Jisr al-Shughour (forthcoming) (See Harmoush defector profile)

2) Chemical Weapons Allegations, Sarin to Chlorine to Sarin Again
* 2.A Idlib Chemical Massacre, 4-4-2017: Alleged sarin attack in Khan Sheikhoun said to kill over 100, including 43 children, triggering the first direct (overtly intentional) US military strikes against Syrian forces  ... heavy stuff, ongoing investigation. How did the White House already find out the truth so quickly? They couldn't have. They just took the rebel-claims, which might have concealed a fairly well-planned terrorist false-flag massacre of their own captive civilians.
* Red Flags report: 138 CW incidents, 159 gathered question marks (up to early 2017)

* 2.B Syria Chlorine Allegations (March-??, 2016, emphasis on the first incident, March 16 - overview.
Mohammed al-Taleb, treated then dead

* Terrible Flaws in OPCW's Syria Chlorine Investigation (summarizes all below, adding on the idiocy of the chlorine barrel bombs  allegation and the possibility of on-site synthesis)
(3 proper sub-posts)
* 1 Why Chlorine?  If hundreds allegedly killed by Sarin didn't get rebels a NATO air force, why would they bother faking barely-deadly chlorine attacks? Here's why.
* 2 What Killed the Talebs? March 16: Rebels and allied medical activists said it was chlorine dropped by the government, but  the visuals suggest the children at least were killed instead with a drug overdose, assisted by medical negligence.
* 3 Where was Dr. Tennari? The main source for the apparently false chlorine claims of March 16 is the director of the hospital where the children died. By the video record, doesn't even know where he was that night. Or is this intentional dishonesty?

(and also April - May, 2014)
Syria Chlorine Allegations: 2014 Attacks Target IDPs

* February, 2017 HRW report assessed 
** The Baytounji Family

Something you have to wonder why noone has noticed it so far ... most chlorine deaths are chalked up to people just sitting there and dying in their homes ... but this makes no sense from a scientific perspective. Ooops. That makes these stories read more like (poorly-researched) fiction than like fact.

* 2.C Ghouta Massacre(s) {masterlist}
Victims assembled in Douma
Alleged: Sarin gas attack by rockets that killed over 1,400, allegedly - Damascus suburbs, August 21, 2013 - led to serious threats of US military attack.

Perhaps the best lead was discovered by an ACLOS ally in his own detailed study that established one batch of victims -in Kafr Batna - was almost surely gassed by rebels with carbon monoxide or hydrogen cyanide gas, in a rebel-held basement.  And one victim was executed by a cut throat in the morgue upstairs, after he survived, and in between propaganda videos blaming "Assad" for all of it. So a good guess is: "Assad" was responsible for none of it. See The Ghouta Massacre's Sarin Myth, Brightly Lit: Exploring Kafr Batna's... Rebel Gas Chambers? 

Other great leads along the same lines: 
* Visual Evidence that the victims were prisoners (of the rebels)
* Death Toll(s) and estimates - body recycling (interrelated, needs clarified)
* by district {masterlist} (12 districts considered in detail in 10 posts - victims from, died in, clinical signs, background and observations - 5 posts up, 5 pending, more overview pending. See Part 2 Jobar for a telling example)
* Zamalka district: medical and media staffs decimated? bizarre allegations considered
* The false-flag gassing of Alawite hostages seized from Latakia just days before... apparently didn't happen. See bottom of the post about them.
* Preceding events: quite troubling, in context: Was the Syria Chemical Weapons Probe "Torpedoed" by the West? (Yes! Re: March, 2013 Khan Al-Assal sarin attack, by rebels - written May 2013, with post-Ghouta incident notes added in 2016)

2.D The First Bodies Tossed Across Obama's Red Line
November 2012 to March, 2013, the first 43 people killed, on both sides, by Syrian CW attacks that now come under critical review, in 4 parts.And following the last of those ...
the Syria Chemical Weapons Probe was "Torpedoed" by the West  - check my May, 2013 prediction at the end of that.

3) Mass prison torture defector photos allegation
Fail Ceasar: Exposing the Anti-Syria Photo Propaganda 
This has been prominent recently, and is now well-covered - detailed and explosive report forthcoming.




 
4) UN-SARC Convoy Attack {masterlist}
signs torn off by Russian bombs?
This hasn't remained a central issue, but it is of some importance in context, and fairly well exposed. September 19, 2016: a truck convoy carrying medical aid is attacked, with perhaps everyone killed and most aid destroyed, allegedly by Russian or Syrian bombing. But they had powerful disincentives (the attack derailed a Russia-backed plan to widen the fight against Jabhat al-Nusra), and local Islamist rebels in turn had the real motive (to kill that cease-fire and keep their JaN allies protected). The supposed proof of a Russia-Syria attack apparently does not exist, and many signs say it could very well be the terrorists with the motive - and/or perhaps a sympathetic air force  - that carried out this false-flag attack.

5 Houla Massacre {masterlist}  
2014 report, best evidence
(Taldou, al-Houla, Homs, May 25, 2012) Alleged: 108 Sunnis killed, including 49 children, by army shelling and home invasions by Alawite Shabiha militia.
Instead, it seems "rebels" or "terrorists" did it, just after they took over all the town's security posts. This was the last part of Houla the rebels didn't hold yet. Check and see, they finally took Taldou too, and it happened on May 25, 2012. And despite rebels trying not to show that happening, carefully analysis of the few videos of the day they did release, shows rebels taking over on that day.
The witnesses who correctly describe the battle for the Houla Massacre say the victors killed Sunnis who converted to Shi'ism, Sunnis who supported the "Alawite regime," and - in a nearby town, killed by other rebels - Alawite civilians.

6 Al-Bayda and Baniyas Massacres, May 2013
Victims near the mosque, opp. photo
Alleged: Assad's Alawite Shabiha militias massacre Sunnis for no other reason in two Sunni-populated towns of an Alawite-majority province, in an almost universally accepted plan of ethnic-sectarian cleansing.
But surprise, the terrorists whose agenda is furthered by mayhem in every province of Syria - it seems - actually caused this mayhem as well. 
* Syria's al-Bayda-Baniyas Massacres and "Targeting Specific Communities" They killed a controversial, outspoken government loyalist Imam and dozens of his family, comprising at least half of all victims (counts are very complicated with this one, ranging from 70 to 250+) This seems to be the main target. Sunni, but no longer on the wrong side.
* Bayan Jalloul, Martyr for Truth? In the next massacre, the alleged Alawite militias did kill an alleged opposition activist and her family. The story tries to counter the one above, but it's bizarre and falls apart. Note: this time the 200 dead seems less debatable, but could well include laundered Alawite victims from the city, and maybe lots of them, depending.

40 male alleged attack victims gathered
by about the attack time (see here)
7 Douma Market Attack {Masterlist} with sub-posts - and/or see one month investigation review

August 16, 2015: an alleged government fighter jet missile attack on 3 crowded public farmer's markets - 550 wounded, 112-125 or more killed, Syrian government universally blamed, no proof there was a jet involved, and serious questions about what really happened.

Why does the pattern of alleged jet strikes look more like the arc of a surface rocket attack?
arc of attack mapped to firing loc. (see here)
Why is the given time of attack so vague, and why were many or most victims dead before the apparent time of attack?
Why did the bombs kill almost exclusively men and older boys? Why were they all put in mass graves?  Why are the injury/death types different for different genders and ages? How did a jet missile pull one boy apart like he was drawn and quartered, then burn just his face? Why does the "world community" not seem to care about any of these questions?
* Douma Cages: Genocidal Display or Twisted Hoax?
* October 30 Douma Market Attack
* September 21 Aleppo market attack
* Ariha market, Aug. 3, "massacre of the jet"
 
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Other/General Posts
Syria, General
* "Mistakes" Behind 4 US Attacks on Syrian Forces - June 2017 shoot-down of SU-22, and three prior incidents- attack details, alleged mistakes by Syria, and clues of the true motive
* Shoukry al-Qouwatly Street Massacre, Or Perhaps Not?  A real WTF moment. (Aug 2016)

Syria Disaster Blame: "Assad" or the Regime Change Campaign?

* Responding to Eric Draitser's "Break the Silence" 

* White Helmets Covering up Genopcidal Massacres? 

Was the Syria Chemical Weapons Probe "Torpedoed" by the West? (Yes! Re: March, 2013 Khan Al-Assal sarin attack, by rebels - with post-Ghouta incident notes added in 2016)

* The "Assad Files," smuggled documents said to prove orders for mass torture, rigorously assessed, along with the key witness.

* Jaish al-Islam's way of protecting the Syrian people - on the Saudi-backed "Army of Islam" that was armed to threaten the capitol\, and their record of genocidal crimes against the people in their domain.


* Hussein Harmoush, FSA Defector Profile

* 2012, at the listing of JaN as a terrorist group - protest solidarity: we are all terrorists - a false visual summary (see right) of a real problem.

* Lessons for the Syria Situation: Old post, before any research on Syria, summarizing a few overall findings from Libya that it was thought might be relevant.

Strike on SAA in Deir Ezzour, Dec. 6, 2015
Specific Incidents (newest events first)
* Second ISIS conquest of Palmyra, late 2016: Did John Kerry Collude with ISIS?

* Crushed Women in Hama? September 2016

* Omran Daqneesh episode and related: "We Mustn't Turn Away" (August 21, 2016)

* Hayan Missile Massacre: August 12, 2016: 12 children and women killed by an air-strike ... or actually dumped here days after being executed, as the second part of a mass killing of a detained family. Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda terrorists) administer the area.

* Al-Quds Hospital blast: an Inside Job? East Aleppo, April 27, 2016. We can already see no air-strikes hit the building, but there explosions inside... and security video footage basically proves it was arranged from the inside.

* Coalition Airstrike on the Saeqa Army Base near Deir Ezzour, Dec. 6, 2015

* Ter Malla Massacre: al Qaeda or Russia/Syria Bombing?

* Comparing Terrorist Victory Massacres March-June, 2015 in Idlib province: ISIS Commits victory massacres, while Jabhat al-Nusra just finds them? June 10, 2015

* Braying to Assad  - later allegation based on an early 2014 event, unclear

* Laundering the Ma'an Massacre? Feb. 8-9, 2014

Harbinafsah, laundered?
* Syria: the Zanuba Massacre and the Harbinafsah Laundering Center? Hama province - tracing out what seems to be one method rebels have used to launder Alawite massacre victims as victims of regime shelling in a different town. (two oddly-anonymized child examples at right)

* Latakia Massacres, August 2013 (overview and links to 4 sub-posts)
** FSA-ISIS Teamwork in the Latakia Massacres? (August, 2013)
* The Hostages

* Ma'an Massacre, 2012: Did the Rebel Offensive Falter?
* Hama: Hasraya Checkpoint Abuse Video
* Hama: Mawas Family Massacre

* Daraya Massacre August 24-26, 2012, Damascus suburbs, claims of several hundred innocents killed as the army re-conquered a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. But it seems many were rebel fighters killed in that battle, and many others were civilian hostages held by rebels. Early post summarizing initial ACLOS research.

* Killing a Fireman in Syria, mid-2012, area unknown (Aleppo?)

* Re-Considering the case of Hamza Al-Khatib, Deraa, April/May, 2011

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Refuting Reports (some repeated from above)
* MSF, on hospital bombings
* Amnesty Int'l on Sednaya prison mass hanging
* UN, on attack on UN-SARC aid convoy
* OPCW, on chlorine attacks 
* HRW, on chlorine attacks
* SNHR, on sectarian massacres ...
Districts of Homs city, ACLOS map
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Homs Massacres Crash-Course
- Homs Massacres (April, 2011 through 2014 - app. 1,558 - 3,089 dead). Posted June 18 - a decent recap and partial summary of the massive ACLOS page and sub-pages, since expanded more.

- Reviewing "The Societys Holocaust" June 22, after noticing a new report by the opposition SNHR, publicized on June 19. This one one was about sectarian massacres nationwide, but wound up half of them were in Homs. Check out their coverage of the Aqrab Massacre ... of 6 Sunnis. From there, largely as linked at the review, a bunch of massacres in the Homs orbit I missed before, from the SNHR report - considered in posts here, and then added to the ACLOS project.

homes burning after Tasnin massacre
This all took just over a week, finished before July, listed in event order:
- Massacre of Fertilizer Plant Workers of May 31, 2012
- Joseyeh bus massacre June 12, 2012
- Qalat al-Hosn Massacre, June 2012 June  28
- Second Shammas Massacre Aug. 11/12, 2012
- Tasnin Massacre, Jan 5-6, 2013
- Mshierfa bus massacre Jan. 6, 2013
- Mallouk family massacre, May 17/18, 2013
- Sukhna Massacre, July 2013 (and follow-up in Adra, in December)

24 comments:

  1. Tuesday, December 20 was reportedly the "deadliest day of the nine-month [Syrian] uprising "with the "organized massacre" of a "mass defection" of army deserters widely reported by the international press in Idlib, northern Syria. Claiming that areas of Syria were now "exposed to large-scale genocide", the SNC lamented the "250 fallen heroes during a 48-hour period", citing figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. [54] Quoting the same source, the Guardian reported that the Syrian army was:
    ... hunt[ing] down deserters after troops ... killed close to 150 men who had fled their base". A picture has emerged ... of a mass defection ... that went badly wrong ... with loyalist forces positioned to mow down large numbers of defectors as they fled a military base. Those who managed to escape were later hunted down in hideouts in nearby mountains, multiple sources have reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 100 deserters were besieged, then killed or wounded. Regular troops allegedly also hunted down residents who had given shelter to the deserters. [55]
    The Guardian's live blog-quoted AVAAZ, the citizen political advocacy/public relations group, which "claimed 269 people had been killed in the clashes", and cited AVAAZ's precise breakdown of casualties: "163 armed revolutionaries, 97 government troops and 9 civilians". [56] They noted that AVAAZ "provided nothing to corroborate the claim".

    The Washington Post reported only that they had spoken to "an activist with the rights group AVAAZ [who] said he had spoken to local activists and medical groups who put the death toll in that area Tuesday at 269". [57]

    A day after initial reports of the massacre of fleeing deserters, however, the story had changed. On December 23, the Telegraph reported:
    At first they were said to be army deserters attempting to break into Turkey to join the FSA [Free Syrian Army], but they are now said to be unarmed civilians and activists attempting to escape the army's attempts to bring the province back under control. They were surrounded by troops and tanks and gunned down until there were no survivors, according to reports. [58]
    The New York Times had, on December 21, reported that the "massacre", citing the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, was of "unarmed civilians and activists, with no armed military defectors among them, the rights groups said".

    It quoted the head of the Observatory who described it as "an organized massacre" and said his account corroborated a Kfar Owaid witness' account: "The security forces had lists of names of those who organized massive anti-regime protests ... the troops then opened fire with tanks, rockets and heavy machine guns [and], bombs filled with nails to increase the number of casualties. [59]

    The LA Times quoted an activist it had spoken to via satellite connection who, from his position "sheltering in the woods" commented: "The word 'massacre' seems like too small a word to describe what happened." Meanwhile, the Syrian government reported that on December 19 and 20, it had killed "tens" of members of "armed terrorist gangs" in both Homs and Idlib, and had arrested many wanted individuals. [60]

    The truth of these two "deadly" days will probably never be known - the figures cited above (between 10-163 armed insurgents, 9-111 unarmed civilians and 0-97 government forces) differ so significantly in both numbers reported killed and who they were, that the "truth" is impossible to establish.

    http://muslimvillageforums.com/topic/66332-a-mistaken-case-for-syrian-regime-change/

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    1. Source article, a buried gem perhaps, thanks.
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/06/the-neocon-propaganda-machine-pushing-regime-change-in-syria/

      Should be included on ACLOS page for Jisr al-Shughour massacre,... unless it's there already.

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    2. There's a related/nearby/similar massacre + other events tangled with that - it deserves more coverage here or anywhere, but covered some in the Rob Ford post, also links to ACLOS page (mainly CE's work, not mine).

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    3. I knew that wasn't JaS (JUNE 2011), but Jabal Zawiya - never got its own page though, just a section on the JaS massacre talk page.

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  2. In relation to an earlier purported "massacre" in Homs, a Stratfor investigation found "no signs of a massacre", concluding that "opposition forces have an interest in portraying an impending massacre, hoping to mimic the conditions that propelled a foreign military intervention in Libya". [61]

    Nevertheless, the "massacre" of December 19-20 in Idlib was reported as fact, and was etched into the narrative of Assad's "killing machine".

    Both the recent UN Human Rights Commissioner's report and a recent data blog report [62] on reported deaths in "Syria's bloody uprising" by the Guardian (published December 13) - two examples of attempts to establish the truth about numbers killed in the Syrian conflict - rely almost exclusively on opposition-provided data: interviews with 233 alleged "army defectors" in the case of the UN report, and on reports from the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, the LCCs and al-Jazeera in the case of the Guardian's data blog.

    The Guardian reports a total of 1,414.5 people (sic) killed - including 144 Syrian security personnel - between January and November 21, 2011. Based solely on press reports, the report contains a number of basic inaccuracies (eg sources not matching numbers killed with places cited in original sources): their total includes 23 Syrians killed by the Israeli army in June on the Golan Heights; 25 people reported "wounded" are included in total figures for those killed, as are many people reported shot.

    The report makes no reference to any killings of armed insurgents during the entire 10-month period - all victims are "protesters", "civilians" or "people" - apart from the 144 security personnel.

    Seventy percent of the report's data sources are from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the LCCs and "activists"; 38% of press reports are from al-Jazeera, 3% from Amnesty International and 1.5% from official Syrian sources.

    In response to the UN Commissioner's report, Syria's ambassador to the UN commented: "How could defectors give positive testimonies on the Syrian government? Of course they will give negative testimonies against the Syrian government. They are defectors."

    In the effort to inflate figures of casualties, the public relations-activist group AVAAZ has consistently outstripped even the UN. AVAAZ has publicly stated it is involved in "smuggling activists ... out of the country", running "secret safe houses to shelter ... top activists from regime thugs" and that one "AVAAZ citizen journalist" "discover[ed] a mass grave". [63]

    It states proudly that the BBC and CNN have said that AVAAZ data amounts to some 30% of their news coverage of Syria. The Guardian reported AVAAZ's latest claim to have "evidence" of killings of some 6,200 people (including security forces and including 400 children), claiming 617 of whom died under torture [64] - their justification to have verified each single death with confirmation by three people, "including a relative and a cleric who handled the body" is improbable in the extreme.
    http://muslimvillageforums.com/topic/66332-a-mistaken-case-for-syrian-regime-change/

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  3. Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

    Inherent Bias in Syrian Data?
    The problem with information that originates from opposition groups is that there is a clear interest in disseminating “beneficial” data and underplaying “damaging” statistics. And that dynamic applies to the government too – which is why we take Syrian regime pronouncements with a grain of salt.
    You don’t see the Syrian opposition taking an active role in publicizing the slaughter of rank-and-file soldiers, for instance – except to claim these forces are being shot for deserting the army. Twitter is abuzz right now with news that more than 70 of today’s 100+ dead are “deserters.”
    Nor do you hear about the numbers of pro-regime civilians killed by the armed opposition – some of them allegedly while “demonstrating” in support of the Syrian regime.
    Now, this does not mean that the Syrian opposition lies outright to gain sympathy and foreign support – mostly because the “opposition” is not homogenous and comes in different shapes, sizes and flavors.
    But Strafor clearly questions the intent of some of these groups based on very recent evidence of disinformation campaigns:
    http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/opposition-meets-in-tunisia-as-arab-observers-enter-syria-and-deathrate-rises/

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  4. The killing of one brigadier-general and his children in April last year in Homs illustrates how near impossible it is, particularly during sectarian conflict, to verify even one killing - in this case, a man and his children:
    The general, believed to be Abdu Tallawi, was killed with his children and nephew while passing through an agitated neighborhood. There are two accounts of what happened to him and his family, and they differ about the victim's sect.

    Regime loyalists say that he was killed by takfiris - hardline Islamists who accuse other Muslims of apostasy - because he belonged to the Alawite sect. The protesters insist that he is a member of the Tallawi family from Homs and that he was killed by security forces to accuse the opposition and destroy their reputation. Some even claim that he was shot because he refused to fire at protesters.

    The third account is ignored due to the extreme polarization of opinions in the city [Homs]. The brigadier-general was killed because he was in a military vehicle, even though he had his kids with him. Whoever killed him was not concerned with his sect but with directing a blow to the regime, thus provoking an even harsher crackdown, which, in turn, would drag the protest movement into a cycle of violence with the state. [65]

    http://muslimvillageforums.com/topic/66332-a-mistaken-case-for-syrian-regime-change/

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    1. More from the same - Counterpunch isn't even the original source:
      Aisling Byrne is Projects Co-ordinator with Conflicts Forum and is based in Beirut. This article was first published in Asia Times.

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  5. In the UK, the similarly neo-con Henry Jackson Society (which "supports the maintenance of a strong military, by the United States, the countries of the European Union and other democratic powers, armed with expeditionary capabilities with a global reach" and which believes that "only modern liberal democratic states are truly legitimate") is similarly pushing the agenda for regime change in Syria [47].

    This is in partnership with Syrian opposition figures including Ausama Monajed, [48] a former leader of the Syrian exile group, the Movement for Justice & Development, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was funded by the US State Department from 2006, as we know from WikiLeaks.

    Monajed, a member of the SNC, currently directs a public relations firm [49] recently established in London and incidentally was the first to use the term "genocide" in relation to events in Syria in a recent SNC press release. [50]
    http://muslimvillageforums.com/topic/66332-a-mistaken-case-for-syrian-regime-change/


    http://henryjacksonsociety.org/2011/12/20/intervention-in-syria-an-assessment-of-legality-logistics-and-hazards/
    December 20 , 2011 by Michael Weiss Preconditions for intervention
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Talk:Michael_Weiss

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/01/neocon-israel-mouthpiece-writes-syrian-opposition-policy-paper.html

    https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/turkey-taking-a-risk-with-the-u-s-in-syria/

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  6. 26 July 2011

    It says it has compiled the names of 2,918 people who have been seized by regime but whose whereabouts are unknown and whose arrest has not been acknowledged.

    Avaaz will launch a website on Thursday that profiles some of those missing, providing the person's name, age, job, where they lived and details of their disappearance. It claims the number of "disappeared" is increasing significantly each day in Syria.

    The Guardian will have a full report on the campaign tomorrow.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/2011/jul/26/syria-libya-middle-east-unrest-live


    Early this year we have looked at the roles of citizen journalists from Syria.
    One was Khaled Abu Salah who faked and uploaded many videos of Syrian government atrocities, one day playing nearly dead while playing very well and enraged just few days later.  The other fake journalist was one "Danny" who presented his fake videos with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

    Both of these fake journalists who produced fake videos of alleged atrocities seemed to be sponsored and/or trained by Avaaz, a somewhat mysterious para-government organization (PGO). Both citizen journalists were involved with Avaaz smuggling "western" reporters into Syria. At one time Khaled Abu Salah was in a video with the "wounded" western journalist Edith Bouviers who Avaaz had smuggled into and later out of Syria.

    These guys have already shown that they are willing to blow up pipelines only to explain that "the Syrian government did it". They have used explosives to make videos of how "Assad bombs the people". They put bandages on a little healthy kid to show how on AlJazeerah how "Assad wounds the children". The purpose of these fakes was to influence "western" media coverage of the war on Syria. What else are they willing to fake for that purpose?
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2012/12/another-indication-that-richard-engels-kidnapping-story-stinks.html

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  7. Turkey has once again started producing one of its episodes in its long series on the Syrian war.

    This time it used the chemical weapon, which almost led to a US military attack on Syria in 2013 following a purported attack in Damascus' Ghouta neighborhood. The attack occurred during the beginning of the second term of Barack Obama's presidency.

    Now, with the start of Donald Trump's era, the attempt has returned using chemical weapons against a Syrian city to prompt the US to launch a direct military attack against the Syrian state.

    This time, the plan partially succeeded. But the Russian military presence formed a barrier preventing Washington from opening a large front against Syria. This as well as the fact that US military decision makers were convinced of Washington's inability to fight a major war in the world after its financial and moral loss in Iraq. Also US military leaders are more cautious in going to war than the US intelligence agency (CIA), which works according to plots where it can to maintain its role and presence. Therefore, this apparatus was and still is the closest to the current Turkish rulers, coordinating their support for Takfiri factions in Syria, which have been fighting in all fields since 2011.

    In Khan Sheikhoun, the images that were broadcast to most television channels around the world depicting the victims of the chemical bombardment were broadcast from the site of the attack through the SMART News Agency, which is owned by the Syrian opposition figure Shamsi Sarkis. The company is based in Gaziantep in Turkey.

    Sarkis, who lived in France all his life until the outbreak of the Syrian war, is the son of another Syrian opposition figure Sarkis Sarkis, whose name was associated with the oil-for-food program organized by the US intelligence and the regime of Saddam Hussein in cooperation with Kofi Annan in the nineties.

    Through this theft and fraud operation, Sarkis Sarkis gathered a huge fortune estimated in the tens of millions of dollars at the expense of the Iraqi people's blood and poverty. He went from being chased, poor and destitute in French cities, to owning hotels across France and apartments in the most prestigious Parisian neighborhoods, thanks to the oil-for-food program.

    Sarkis, a member of the Iraqi Baath Party that included Syrian opposition groups, did not stop from attacking the regime in Syria even though senior officials of the Iraqi Baath Party turned to Syria during the US occupation. During the period of Chirac's rule and the issuance of Resolution 1559, Sarkis Sarkis worked on inciting a military attack on Syria. He also had close ties to the former Syrian opposition figure Akram Al-Hourani and he bankrolled the printing of Hourani's memoirs.

    Akram Al-Hourani is the father of opposition figure Fida Hourani, who hosted the US and French ambassadors Robert Ford and Eric Shuvalih in the city of Hama on Friday, July 9, 2011.
    Fida Hourani was the president of the Damascus Declaration for Democratic Change, which was established in 2005 and whose members were Syrian dissidents who took the lead in requesting American military intervention in Syria, including Riad Seif, Haytham al-Maleh, Michel Kilo and Anas al-Abdah. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood also had a major role in the declaration.

    These are the same faces you see since George W. Bush announced America's decision to reshape the Middle East according to its interests. The same people, but with different banners and new names; fictitious companies fabricated for a while, which disappear so that this same person creates a second, third, and countless companies.

    Do you remember the American project to support the media against the axis of resistance in the Arab world? The oil-for-food program in Iraq was one of its means of securing funds.

    http://english.alahednews.com.lb/essaydetails.php?eid=38033&cid=269


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  8. April 3,2011During a press conference held in Paris,
    the Syrian opposition has called upon Europeans to support the popular uprising and to require political reforms.

    However, Sarkis Sarkis from the Arab Socialist Movement, member of the Damascus Declaration, member of the National Democratic Rally,
    Abdulhamid Alatassi representative of the Secretariat-General of the Damascus Declaration in Diaspora in France and
    Anas Alabdeh, president of the Justice and Construction Movement, president of the Secretariat of the Damascus Declaration have stated that they do approve any military intervention in their country.
    http://eng.babelmed.net/cultura-e-societa/48-syria/6535-syria-a-revolution-with-no-images.html


    April 17, 2011 Paris — A prominent Syrian opposition leader has rejected promises by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to introduce reform, as anti-regime protests enter their fifth week in Syria.
    Sarkis Sarkis, a prominent figure in the Arab Socialist Movement in Syria, and who has been exiled in Turkey for 27 years, accused the Syrian regime of lying to the people.
    http://www.egyptindependent.com/exiled-opposition-leader-says-syrian-regime-lying



    July 7, 2011Bernard-Henri Lévy, well known for his devotion to humanitarian military interventions, organized a conference to “stop the massacre” in Syria, “SOS Syrie,” in Paris on the fourth of July.
    https://uprootedpalestinian.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/p_khaddam_bayanouni.jpg?w=250

    February 2006
    Messrs. Khaddam and Bayanouni formed the NSF in February 2006. The marriage of the Muslim Brothers
    and breakaway Baathists
    shocked many in the Arab world. The pair also reached out to the Bush administration, hoping a partnership with the U.S. could increase pressure on President Assad.
    http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/33180-wikileaks-reveals-how-the-us-aggressively-pursued-regime-change-in-syria-igniting-a-bloodbath

    US funding to the Syrian opposition began flowing under the Bush administration in 2005 [3] if not earlier.
    Around the same time, Syrian exiles in Europe founded the Movement for Justice and Development, openly calling for the overthrow of the Ba’athist government. The Movement was one of the key recipients of US lucre.
    The leader of the organization, Anas Al-Abdah, is a member of the Syrian National Council, the main exile opposition group, which French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague have designated a legitimate representative of the Syrian people [5]
    https://gowans.wordpress.com/tag/arab-socialist-baath-party/


    Abdullah Hourani and Kellie Strom Syria Solidarity UK

    http://www.syriauk.org/2015/




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  9. http://scpss.org/en/?p=272
    The National Action Group for Syria
    In early 2011, a group of young Brotherhood members connected to the Aleppo faction created a political movement called the National Action Group for Syria.

    It was led by Ahmad Ramadan, a little-known businessman and pro-Palestinan activist.
    Founding members also included al-Bayanouni’s close ally
    Obeida Nahas.

    During Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni’s tenure as head of the Brotherhood from 1996 until 2010, the leadership was dominated by members from his home city, Aleppo.
    This Aleppo faction included the Brotherhood spokesperson, Zuhair Salem, as well as al-Bayanouni’s adviser, Obeida Nahas,
    a prominent figure within the Ikhwani young guard.
    http://scpss.org/en/?p=272

    Obeida Nahas Syrian National Council
    Ali Sadr al-Deen al-Bayanouni Syrian Muslim Brotherhood
    Mohamed Farouk Tayfur Syrian Muslim Brotherhood


    Syrian American Council (SAC) – One of the largest American based Syrian lobbying organizations. It’s president is Talal Sunbulli.  Sunbulli is listed as the Syrian coordinator in the international phone book of Muslim Brotherhood members seized by federal investigators during the Holy Land Foundation investigation.  SAC’s chairman, Hussam Ayloush, is the executive director of CAIR California.

    SAC Board member Mohammed Nahas (Dr. Mohammad N. Al-Nahhas) 
    is a former board member of the Bay County Islamic Society (BCIS)**
    https://culturaljihad.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/muslim-brotherhood-likely-influences-senate-defense-bill/
    ** the Bay County Islamic Society (BCIS) was part of the US Muslim Brotherhood network established in Panama City, Florida by the late and former head of the US Muslim Brotherhood Ahmed Elkadi. 



    The Syrian National Council has always been a front of the more militant ‐Jihadist wing
    of the Muslim Brothers [MB].
    http://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/A_Heretic_s_Up_Dated_Musings_on_Syria.pdf

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  10. Dr. Houssam Alnahhas ,dentist
    https://www.researchgate.net/institution/Aleppo_University/members

    Dr. Houssam Alnahhas, nominated by the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces to represent the Syrian CBRN-Taskforce, Syria
    Houssam Alnahhas was born in Syria in 1988. He worked as the Local Coordinator for the CBRN Task Force of the International Union of Medical Relief and Care Organizations (UOSSM) and is now the research and information management officer for UOSSM. As such, he has extensive first-hand experience of the chemical attacks in Syria and their treatment.
    Dr. Alnahhas studied clinical medicine at Aleppo University, but the Syrian Civil War prevented him from completing his education. He is now studying at the Cerrahpaşa Medical School of Istanbul University.
    During the Syrian Crisis, he led a medical team people to treat casualties and coordinated efforts between various NGOs to direct humanitarian efforts. During his career as a doctor, Dr. Alnahhas was responsible for developing preparedness and response protocols and manuals in case of chemical attacks.
    http://nct-middleeast.com/speakers/dr-houssam-alnahhas-national-coalition-of-syrian-revolution-and-opposition-forces/

    Between 2009 - 2012 I was a director of the “Medical Translation Team” and Editor in chief on “Sitamol Medical Magazine” Aleppo University, Faculty of Medicine.

    Between 2012 - 2014 I started working as "Research and Statistical Studies" officer in UOSSM
    (International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations) in addition to my work as translator for OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) during their meetings in Gaziantep and Antakya (Turkey).

    In 2014 I attended a workshop "Missioncraft in Disaster Relief Operations" conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Center For Global Health, in Boston (United States).
    Excellent user for PC: - Internet and Outlook Express - Microsoft office (word, Excel, PowerPoint) - Google Forms - Internet paging and scientific searching - KoboToolbox, Silk databases Management Platform. less
    https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~0136e0fbc9457b180f/


    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Houssam_Al-Nahhas

    August 24, 2016 ·
    Dr. Houssam Alnahhas, nominated by the National Coalition of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces to represent the Syrian CBRN-TF, will speak during NCT CBRNe Middle East 2016 in Kuwait. More details about the program can be found here: http://cbrnemiddleeast.com/program/
    http://www.defence-suppliers.com/news/Event_News_14/




    January 6, 2017
    Dr. Houssam Alnahhas, an expert in formulating response protocol for chemical weapons attacks and the coordinator of Syria’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Task Force — an emergency response team jointly formed by the 25 medical relief organizations operating inside war-ravaged Syria — confirms to Asia Times that there is credible evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria. With that evidence, he believes efforts can be made to create an effective legal mechanism for enforcing accountability.
    http://www.atimes.com/article/time-hold-chemical-war-criminals-syria-account/





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    1. Huh! Studied in Aleppo, listed as denistry - did he have to cancel his studied before getting to a lick of cw training? Is that what he's getting now in Turkey, to match the job he already got? Or does the government-affiliated "university of the revolution" lie in its records? http://acloserlookonsyria.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Aleppo_University_Attack#University_Press_Office_Blames_Regime_Jet.3F

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  11. Dr. Houssam Alnahhas of the Union of Medical Care and Relief
    Ongoing Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria - Syrian American ...

    Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), Founded in January 2012 in France,
     is a coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Turkey
    http://www.uossm.org/who_we_are

    http://acloserlookonsyria.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Alleged_Chemical_Attack,_December_12,_2016


    Where We Work: 
    Our activities and programs are managed by our operational office located in Reyhanli, Turkey, and operated by 600+ staff working across the following regions;
    Northern Region: comprises of Reyhanli and Gaziantep in Turkey and the Northern and Eastern regions of Syria, including Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.
    Southern Region:  comprises of Tripoli in Lebanon, Amman in Jordan and the Southern region of Syria, including Homs, Eastern Ghouta, Dar’a, Quneitra and South of Damascus.



    https://www.facebook.com/ibconsultancy/posts/1055477677884880
    Dr. Houssam Alnahhas is a representative of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) and the local coordinator of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Taskforce in Syria (CBRN-TF). He responded to the Talmenes attack. Dr. Alnahhas said:
    “I will never forget the 350 victims from the Assad regime’s chlorine attack in Talmenes. Mohamad was a six year-old boy who was on his way to school when the barrel bomb filled with chlorine hit – he lost consciousness from the gas and died.

    http://libyancivilwar.blogspot.com/2015/07/syria-chlorine-allegations-2014-attacks.html

    The report said, “Three witnesses, who did not give any description of the incident on 29-30 April 2014, provided material of unknown source. One witness had second-hand knowledge of two of the five incidents in Al-Tamanah, but did not remember the exact dates. Later that witness provided a USB-stick with information of unknown origin, which was saved in separate folders according to the dates of all the five incidents mentioned by the FFM (the U.N.’s Fact-Finding Mission).
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/evidence-that-syria-chemical-attacks-weapons-attack-were-staged-by-jihadists-un-team/5544804


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  12. http://theindicter.com/analysis-of-evidence-contradicts-allegations-on-syrian-gas-attacks/

    Statement by Ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin,
    We should emphasize that “Jabhat al-Nusra” controlled the Talmenes, Sarmin and Qmenas at the time when the chemical incidents under the JIM investigation happened there in 2014-2015.
    http://russiaun.ru/en/news/sc_srcn

    Al-Nusra Front supporters hold the group’s black flag as they shout slogans during a demonstration in Kafranbel, Idlib province, northern Syria on March 1, 2013. AP
    https://souriahouria.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Mideast-Syria-Al-Qaeda.jpg

    Albey Ahmed Berri
    Since 2012, Berri was commander of the infamous Hama Military Council.
    Free Syrian Army forces under its command committed the
    Aqrab massacre in December 2012, resulting in 125-300 civilians killed, most of them from the Alawite minority.[4] [5] [6]

    On December 31, 2013, while on his way to Taftanaz, he was arrested with two of his soldiers at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's checkpoint and was put near Saraqeb, a city in northern Idlib.

    Following Idlib Military Council's push for his release and a demonstration of people in Maaret al-Numan, he was set free in Hama.[7]
    https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Albay%20Ahmed%20Berri&uid=1575



    https://www.facebook.com/ibconsultancy/posts/1055477677884880
    25th August 2106 — The UN should use any means necessary – including military action – to end the use of chemical weapons in Syria and punish those responsible, according to doctors working in the country. Their comments follow the release of a damning UN report leaked yesterday.
    The UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism report clearly identifies the Assad regime as responsible for at least two chemical weapons attacks in Idlib province, in clear breach of Security Council resolution 2118. It also finds the Islamic State guilty of a third in Marea.

    Dr. Mohammed Tennari is director of the Sarmin field clinic in Idlib and treated victims in the chlorine attack on 16th March 2015. He also testified about his experience in front of the UN Security Council. Responding to the leaked report, he said:
    “When I showed the video I took of three babies from the Taleb family suffocating to death in my hospital, there were tears in the eyes of Security Council members. But some said they didn’t have proof of who committed this chemical attack. They said the perpetrators should be stopped and punished, but only once the world knew who was responsible. They know now.
    “They must enforce their own resolutions, which call for action under Chapter VII. The Security Council should use force if necessary to ensure that the Assad regime commits no more chemical attacks against civilians and is held accountable.”

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  13. Labib al Nahhas, Ahrar al Sham visiting US lasting a few days in December 2015


    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/no-yellow-card/

    https://behindthenewsisrael.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/gfgf1.jpg?w=736




    A senior figure from a Syrian rebel group with links to al Qaida was allowed into the United States for a brief visit, raising questions about how much the Obama administration will compromise in the search for partners in the conflict.

    Labib al Nahhas, foreign affairs director for the Islamist fighting group Ahrar al Sham, spent a few days in Washington in December, according to four people with direct knowledge of the trip and who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of U.S. relations with Syrian rebels.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-25/meet-syrian-al-qaeda-linked-rebel-who-freely-visited-america-last-year

    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/ahrar-al-sham-terrorist-leader-labib-al-nahhas-freely-visited-the-u-s-a-reports/

    The new group includes members of Ahrar al-Sham (the Islamic Movement of the Free People of the Sham) including Saudi Sheikh Abdullah al-Muhaysini, (former head of the moderates of East Aleppo and an al-Qaeda affiliate who has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury as a terrorist),


    Here’s a link to the article from July 10, 2015 by Labib al-Nahhas in the Washington Post in which he claims that the Obama Administration’s response to the Syrian conflict was an “abject failure”.

    http://www.oyetimes.com/views/columns/157432-tracking-al-qaedas-evolution
    Labib al-Nahhas, who brands himself as the Chief of Foreign Relations for Ahrar al-Sham which has supplied key members to the new al-Qaeda affliliate, was born in Madrid to a Syrian father and Spanish mother and graduated from Birmhingham University with a degree in telecommunications engineering in 1999.


    Katiba Aswad al Tawheed (active in #Saraqeb,#Idlib) defect from Ahrar al Sham and join HTS. 28 May 2017
    https://twitter.com/Trffgg3/status/868785400113967104

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  14. March 14, 2014 Khan Shaykun
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq_h3q2bOaY

    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, teamed up with a Free Syrian Army unit known as the Liwa al Ummah to overrun a military outpost in Idlib province last week. Free Syrian Army units continue to ally themselves with the Al Nusrah Front on the battlefield despite Al Nusrah’s public affiliation with al Qaeda.
    The latest joint operations between the Al Nusrah Front and the Free Syrian Army took place on March 6, when the two groups attacked a Syrian Army outpost in the city of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province. The Al Nusrah Front announced the joint operation in a statement that was released yesterday; the statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
    The statement said that “a small group from the mujahideen of the Al Nusrah Front and Liwa al Ummah attacked the Tariq ‘Ajeeb barrier” and overran it, killing six Syrian soldiers and wounding 30 more. The Al Nusrah Front said that a tank was used by the group during the assault.
    “The mujahideen took as spoils a BMP vehicle, 3 RPG launchers, a collection of light weapons, and various ammunition,” the Al Nusrah Front claimed. The two group then proceed to attack “the neighboring Ma’arzafi barrier.”
    Heavy fighting has been reported in Khan Sheikhun over the past week as the Al Nusrah Front and Free Syrian Army groups have been attacking Syrian forces in the city [see video above, which shows Free Syrian Army fighters attacking Syrian troops].
    The emir of the Al Nusrah Front, which was formed by al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, publicly reaffirmed his allegiance to al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, in a statement released in April 2013. The group was added to the US’ list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist groups in December 2012. Several Free Syrian Army groups have openly joined the Al Nusrah Front over the past year.
    The Liwa al Ummah, or Brigade of the Muslim Nation, was formed by Abd al Mahdi al Harati, a deputy of Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the former emir of the al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Al Harati, who headed a rebel group during the Libyan revolution, led Liwa al Ummah for six months in 2012 before merging with the Free Syrian Army. Liwa al Ummah is estimated to have around 6,000 fighters, and is comprised primarily of Syrians, but also includes a large contingent of Libyans, Sudanese, Palestinians, Egyptians, and Arabs.
    Hundreds of Libyan fighters are thought to have traveled to Syria to fight with rebel groups. Many of these Libyans are believed to be fighting alongside the ISIS or the Al Nusrah Front. Ansar al Sharia Libya, a Libyan jihadist group with ties to al Qaeda, helps recruit Libyan fighters to travel to Syria. Ansar al Sharia Libya is also reported to run training camps for recruits destined for Syria.
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/03/al_nusrah_front_free_1.php


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  15. 2012

    One night after iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast,
    I am introduced to Abdelmajid al-Khatib,
    an unassuming pharmacist from the Jabal al-Zawiya area of Idlib province who acts as Liwa al-Ummah's political organizer

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/09/the_syrian_rebels_libyan_weapon

    2013
    ..The “Mujahid Omar al-Mukhtar Brigade”: its name derives from the Libyan anti-colonial revolutionary Omar al-Mukhtar. In an interview, the group’s spokesman Abu Louay emphasized to me that the battalion is “independent” and while it has no links with “Islamic extremists,”
    it also rejects the Syrian opposition-in-exile coalition (SNC), despite sharing photos and postings of developments regarding the SNC on Facebook. In fact, Abu Louay indicated to me that Liwa al-Mujahid Omar al-Mukhtar has no ideology or political program, but is simply concerned with bringing about the downfall of the Assad regime.

    Like most of the other groups documented above, it was a signatory to the September ceasefire and has played a role in more recent fighting outside of Abu Kamal, most notably in the city of Deir az-Zor.
    For these recent efforts, Liwa al-Mujahid Omar al-Mukhtar was commended by Katiba Bayariq al-Sunna.
    Interestingly, it has also claimed some martyrs from a deployment sent to aid the wider rebel front in the Qalamoun area of Damascus province.
    http://brown-moses.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-factions-of-abu-kamal.html

    2017
    http://markcurtis.info/2017/06/07/a-london-attacker-and-uk-covert-operations-in-syria-and-libya/#_ftnref2
    Both London and Manchester Terrorists Linked to UK Covert Operations in Syria and Libya


    https://southfront.org/london-manchester-terrorists-linked-uk-covert-operations-syria-libya/

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  16. Mustafa al-Haj Yussef is a leader of a White Helmet centre in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib

    A close partner of Raed Saleh is Mustafa al-Haj Yussef, 
    leader of the White Helmets centre in the Al Nusra-occupied city of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib.

    The photo, above, clearly demonstrates the close relationship that Saleh shares with his friend and colleague Yussef, and apparently with the armed militant seen standing behind the two White Helmet leaders.
    http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/12/10/exclusive-president-raed-salehs-terrorist-connections-within-white-helmet-leadership/



    Faction of Sheikh Raed Salah
    January 20 2013 Both foreign mercenaries and local rebels are suffering sizeable losses on a daily basis, which is making them deal with the current situation inadequately and lose control of themselves. Occasionally, they are even starting to shoot each other when sensing treachery or links with the Syrian security services.

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article177180.html
    The Arab media recently wrote about the involvement of two Israeli citizens in military operations in Syria.

    The Israelis found their way into Syria from Turkey, but when they wanted to go back to Israel, it turned out that the rebels had burned their passports, which they justified by saying that once you had sided with the rebels, there was no going back. According to the same publication, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs had commented on the event, explaining that they had already been in contact with Turkey in order to clarify the citizens’ exact coordinates, while at the same time pointing to the probable involvement of both Israelis, who are of Arabic descent, in the faction of Sheikh Raed Salah,
    who had collaborated with them and enlisted Israeli Arabs wanting to take part in the fight against the Syrian president.


    Jul 25, 2012 Meanwhile, this long-term goal does not prevent Defense Minister Ehud Barak from getting crazy - speculating on an invasion of Syria based on a hypothetical transfer of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles
    or even chemical weapons to Hezbollah.
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NG25Ak02.html


    May 17, 2017 But the real fury appears to be in Israel.
    That's because Israel is reportedly the source of the intelligence, through a human asset — a spy — embedded with ISIS.
    https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-17/israeli-intelligence-agents-furious-trump

    April 8 2017 The US Special Forces have evacuated a Jordanian spy during its landing southwest of Deir Ez Zor few days ago, the Deir Ezzor 24 news website reported citing a source in the city. The spy allegedly was a military commander in the terrorist organization.
    https://southfront.org/us-evacuated-jordanian-spy-among-isis-members-during-its-recent-raid-near-deir-ezzor/

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    1. More puzzle pieces, thank you. I've been trying to assemble this, but not up to it now. But it's cool to have them on file like this.

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  17. 2017

    1 June 2017 Hussam al-Atrash was the most senior religious official of Harakat Nooradeen al-Zengi and is now Deputy General Security Official of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadi-salafist insurgent group in north-western Syria whose relationship with al-Qaeda is much-contested.
    On 31 May, al-Atrash issued a statement arguing for a change of course for the insurgency in the “Greater Idlib” area.
    https://kyleorton1991.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/jihadi-ally-calls-for-official-opposition-government-to-take-over-idlib/





    Free Syrian Army units as well as the Islamic Front, which is viewed by some analysts as “moderate” despite its close ties to al Qaeda, continue to fight alongside the Al Nusrah Front against regime forces. And even though hundreds of fighters have been killed in internecine clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham on one side, and Al Nusrah,
    the Islamic Front, and Free Syrian Army units on the other, the groups occasionally fight alongside each other against Syrian government forces. For instance, the Islamic Front, Al Nusrah, and the ISIS have joined forces to fight the Syrian military in Yabroud.


    The heroes of Western Ghouta : Golani ,Golani is from Deir Ezzor ( p 78 )
    Under the Black Flag: At the Frontier of the New Jihad by Sami Moubayed

    14/05/2017 Families of fighters cross from the Eastern Ghouata to al-Qaboun and arms dealer with his group open fire on displaced people and kill and injury some of them at the east of Damascus
    http://www.syriahr.com/en/?p=66439

    05.06.2017
    The #Saudi backed #JaishAlIslm in Douma in eastern Ghouta of #Damascus are exciting & crusifying people

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=296927154081313
    05.06.2017
    https://twitter.com/maytham956/status/872007338349264897

    Fri Jun 02, 2017 Local sources said that ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board) engaged in fierce clashes in the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp, leaving a number of militants dead and several more wounded.
    The sources said that a number of ISIL terrorists were killed in a fresh round of clashes with the rival group of Tahrir al-Sham rival in Abi Hashish square in Yarmouk camp.
    The sources also said that Jeish al-Islam has set fire at the crops of villagers in al-Ash'ari farms in Eastern Ghouta.
    Also, a number of terrorists left the Yarmouk Camp in line with an agreement between the Syrian army and the militants stationed in the region.
    Based on the agreement between the army and the militants in the four towns of Fua'a, Kafraya, al-Zabadani and Madhaya, 4 patients along with 12 of their family members were allowed by the terrorists to leave Fua'a and Kafraya in Northern Idlib for Aleppo.
    Also, the same number of militants withdrew from Yarmouk Refugee Camp and left for Idlib.
    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960312000476



    [….]the SIC includes Salafis of Sururi obedience. They are activist (haraki) Salafis who differ from their quietist counterparts by their acceptance of contentious politics and from jihadis by their rejection of violence in domestic politics (except, of course, in Syria’s case).
    Sururis are named after Syrian veteran ideologue
    Muhammad Surur Zayn al-Abidin, a member of the LUS and the SIC’s board.
    The SIC board also features Muhammad al-Abda, another major reference for activist Salafis, as well as two members of the Islamic Committee of Sham (Khayrallah Talib and Fayiz al-Salah), a well-funded charity of Sururi obedience.
    http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/55580?lang=en

    Zein al-Abdeen
    Al Islam Brigade Sheikh Zein al-Abdeen Bin al-Hussein - Shariah Judge (AKA as Muatassim Billah al-Hadi
    a prominent LI field commander)


    Dr. Abdel-Moneim Zine El-Din

    الدكتور زين الدين سوريا الجزيرة

    His name is Dr. Zaineddin. You can see him shoulder on shoulder with #Muhaysiny while on AJ he holds up pics of faked CW attacks! @8.29
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP8IiuzV3E8

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAl3PUHW0AAELdF.jpg

    https://twitter.com/RenieriArts/status/867355964613296128







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  18. But what are the "rebels" doing in this fight?
    Doctors Without Borders has suspended its activities in the besieged Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta after militants stormed its hospital looking for wounded enemies amid intense clashes between rival Syrian rebel groups.
    According to reports from MSF-supported doctors in the area, about 30 masked and armed men stormed the Hazzeh Hospital in the eastern Ghouta region on 29 April, looking for specific wounded patients. They also stole the hospital’s ambulance.
    Only a few kilometers south of Hazzeh Hospital, the Aftares medical point was struck by bullets, said the report. As fighting surrounded the medical point for two days, medics were trapped and unable to collect the wounded, even those lying within sight of the hospital.
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    http://palestinianpundit.blogspot.com/2017/05/syrian-rebels-raid-doctors-without.html

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