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Beheaded Bodies of 50 Syrian Citizens Found in Aleppo After Obama-Backed Jihadists Withdraw from Area
Where are the Congressional hearings on Obama’s support of these savages? The silence of the media is bloodcurdling. Obama wanted to wage military strikes on behalf of these jihadists. But the leader from behind had no one in front of him so he moved on to his next debacle…..taking down Israel. The money quote in this article is the last line, “W…
“…very, very concerning.”
Jihad spokesman Mohannad Abu al-Fidaa said that the nuns “will not be released until several demands have been implemented.” The Storming Of Monastery Near Damascus And Kidnapping Of Its Nuns (thanks to MEMRI) Earlier this week, reports emerged that a group of a dozen nuns from the historic Christian town of Ma’loula near Damascus were kidnapped by…
Under Obama, America is supporting these jihad savages. Why? I have been reporting on Obama’s alignment with enemies of America for well over a year, and the Wall Street Journal ran a front page news story confirming this treachery last Tuesday — so why isn’t Congress calling for hearings? Why are our elected officials standing by while a traitoro…
The family that prays together, slays together! Righteous. Abu knows best! No worries, as thousands of jihadis descend on Syria from Europe, Africa, the US and Canada, media and political elites remain focused on “islamophobia.” That there is the real terror ….. not fathers like Ahmed. Family jihad: father takes five sons to join Syrian rebels By…
When it comes to Israel, the Obama administration leaks like a sieve here and here too.. Diarrhea of the mouth is epidemic in an adminsitration that severly punishes leakers which would be funny if it weren't so deadly.
Mind you this comes from an administration that threatens journalists who criticize Obama and spying on them. And according Lara Logan of 60 minutes on the Benghazi cover-up, "an extraordinary amount of pressure on the people involved not to talk. And an extraordinary amount of pressure on anyone in the government–the military side, the political side–not to say anything outside of official channels. I mean, to the point where people that we've known for years would call people who were no longer in their positions, and they would call someone else that we knew, and messages would be delivered like that because there couldn't be any trail linking you directly to our story. The administration is cracking down so hard on leakers: no one wants to put anything in writing, everybody is scared to talk over the phone, people want to meet in person–all of that makes it that much harder to investigate anything."
Israeli planes strike Syrian military base, U.S. official says By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
(CNN) — Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia this week, an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday.
An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government.
The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.
There was some confusion about the timing of the attack, with some reports saying it happened Wednesday, and others saying Thursday.
When asked for comment, an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman told CNN: "We don't refer to foreign reports."
Israel has been accused several other times this year of launching airstrikes inside Syria, including once in January. In the January incident, a U.S. official said Israeli fighter jets bombed a Syrian convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah.
Syrian rebels warn against talks with regime
Israel's military did not comment on any of the allegations at the time, but has long said it would target any transfer of weapons to Hezbollah or other groups designated as terrorists, as well as any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.
Thursday's reports of a blast come amid a Syrian civil war in which Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim militant group, has been helping Syrian government forces. Syria's government is led by Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shiite offshoot Alawite sect; the rebels and other militants fighting al-Assad's forces and Hezbollah are largely made up of Sunni Muslims.
The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 after government forces cracked down on peaceful protesters during the Arab Spring movement and is now a full-blown civil war. The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 people have died in the conflict.
International inspectors are trying to ensure that Syria eliminates its chemical weapons stockpile by the middle of next year. Syria agreed to the program under international pressure earlier this year.
One of the monitoring groups, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Thursday that Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons mixing, filling and production facilities, and all of the chemical weapons at 21 inspected sites have been placed under seal.
The watchdog body's announcement of the facilities' destruction meant that Syria met a key deadline in the elimination program.
‘Horror on both sides’: French mag runs photo of Syrian rebels beheading ‘pro-regime militiaman’ [graphic pic]
The French magazine Paris Match is running a shocking video of what are reported to be rebels beheading a man who is either a pro-Assad militiaman, or was “merely” accused of not supporting the rebel opposition.
Well at least we can be assured that McCain’s rebel friends, who are moderate of course, won’t get a chance to super-charge their war atrocities.
Oh. Well. Fine then.
New York Times Publishes Piece on the ‘Dilemma’ of Supporting Syrian Rebels, Complete With Horrific Execution Video
As the Obama administration pushes American intervention in Syria in the wake of the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, many are concerned about the prospect of aiding the violent Islamists that make up a significant percentage of the rebel forces.
For months, Blaze readers have seen accounts of the horrific violence perpetrated by the rebels, from the apparent execution of Syrian truck drivers for the “crime” of not being Sunni Muslims, to purported video of the rebels executing children who supported Bashar al-Assad and a Syrian rebel cutting out the heart of his enemy and eating it.
On Thursday, the New York Times published yet another horrific illustration of how ruthless some of the rebels can be, noting that while Assad’s forces have certainly committed atrocities, the rebels certainly aren’t eschewing violence, and their crimes pose a “dilemma” for the west. The article includes video of the rebels executing seven badly beaten Syrian soldiers, the leader intoning: “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”
The clip, the Times writes, “joins a growing body of evidence of an increasingly criminal environment populated by gangs of highwaymen, kidnappers and killers.”
And while Secretary of State John Kerry has said roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of the rebels are “bad guys,” the Times writes that “across much of Syria, where rebels with Western support live and fight, areas outside of government influence have evolved into a complex guerrilla and criminal landscape.”
As time has passed, some that may have been described as “protesters” or “activists” at the onset of the conflict have been increasingly drawn into the web of violence and extremism. The Times points to Abdul Samad Issa, the leader of the group that executed the Syrian soldiers, as an example of a man who went from a trader and livestock herder to a revolutionary commander who is now “running a training camp in the highlands near Turkey.”
In the video, which can be seen at the New York Times website, the seven prisoners have their faces pressed to the dirt, each with an armed rebel behind him. After Issa concludes his “bitter revolutionary verse,” he shoots the prisoner kneeled before him and the rest of the gunmen follow suit with the other prisoners.
The Times concludes grimly:
[The soldiers’] cellphones, the former aide [who revealed the execution] said, had videos of soldiers raping Syrian civilians and looting.
Mr. Issa declared them all criminals, he said, and a revolutionary trial was held. They were found guilty.
Mr. Issa, the former aide said, then arranged for their execution to be videotaped in April so he could show his work against Mr. Assad and his military to donors, and seek more financing.
The video ends abruptly after his fighters dump the soldiers’ broken bodies into a well.
One of the participants, a young man wearing a purple fleece jacket, looks into the camera and smiles.
Read the entire piece at The New York Times.
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VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES Syria has been in a civil war for the past three years. We have posted several galleries highlighting this conflict, but this morning news reached us that things have escalated severely. Government forces loyal to President Bas […]
(TheBlaze/AP) — Syria’s opposition plunged into disarray Sunday as its president quit and its military chief refused to recognize the newly elected (and former Texan) prime minister of an interim government for rebel-held areas.
The moves reflect deep splits in the body that the U.S. and its allies hope will emerge as the united face of the opposition and advance the fight to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime.
But the missteps of the opposition’s mostly exile political leadership drew little notice inside Syria, where rebel fighters dismissed it as ineffective and pushed ahead with their offensive to gain ground near the country’s southern border with Jordan. It’s worth wondering whether they’ll follow a government under such leadership when the time comes.
The first blow to the opposition Syrian National Coalition was the surprise resignation of its president, who said he was quitting in frustration over what he called lack of international support and constraints imposed by the body itself.
Mouaz al-Khatib, who rose to prominence as a preacher in Damascus’ most famous mosque, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page that he was making good on an earlier vow to quit if undefined “red lines” were crossed.
“I am keeping my promise today and announcing my resignation from the National Coalition so that I can work with freedom that is not available inside the official institutions,” he said.
He also blamed world powers for not offering Syria’s rebels the support they demand and complained that “international and regional parties” tried to push the Coalition toward negotiations with the Assad regime – something most members refuse.
“All that has happened to the Syrian people – from destruction of infrastructure, to the arrest of tens of thousands, to the displacement of hundreds of thousands, to other tragedies – is not enough for an international decision to allow the Syrian people to defend themselves,” the statement said.
Despite electing a new, U.S.-educated prime minister last week to head a planned interim government, the Coalition has failed to make much of a mark inside Syria, where hundreds of independent rebel brigades are fighting a civil war against Assad’s forces.
Reflecting the growing dissension over that move, the head of the Coalition’s military branch, Gen. Salim Idris, said his group refused to recognize the new prime minister, a little-known IT professional from Texas named Ghassan Hitto, because he lacked broad support among the opposition.
“For the purpose of giving power to a prime minister to unite the revolutionary forces and lead the Syrian revolution toward certain victory, we unequivocally declare that the Free Syrian Army … conditions its support and cooperation on the achievement of a political agreement on the name of a prime minister,” Idris said in an online video.
An aide to Idris, Louay Almokdad, said many prominent Syrian opposition figures opposed the election of Ghassan Hitto, who received 35 out of 48 votes cast by the Coalition’s 63 active members.
While al-Khatib’s resignation surprised many Coalition members, some said it reflected problems that have caused five other members to resign in the past week.
Coalition member Rima Fleihan told The Associated Press in Cairo that the body did not accurately represent Syrians.
“We have problems internally with the structure of the Coalition and decisions being taken undemocratically,” she said.
Another recently resigned member, Walid al-Bunni, accused the Gulf state of Qatar, which heavily finances the opposition, of using pressure to install its candidate for prime minister. Others have accused the Muslim Brotherhood of exercising outsized influence.
Late Sunday, the Coalition distributed a statement saying it had rejected the resignation and asked al-Khatib to keep doing his job.
Secretary of State John Kerry also said he regretted al-Khatib’s resignation, but said it won’t affect U.S. generous aid to the Coalition.
Speaking to reporters during an unannounced trip to Baghdad, Kerry also said he had confronted Iraq, Syria’s eastern neighbor, about allowing Iran access to its airspace for flights the U.S. believes are ferrying in weapons and fighters to the Assad regime.
In a small victory for the opposition, senior Arab diplomats said they would transfer Syria’s seat at the Arab League to the Coalition. The Coalition said it would send a delegation to a league summit that begins Tuesday in Qatar.
The Syrian government, which contends the civil war is an international conspiracy being carried out by terrorists to weaken Syria, did not comment on the Coalition developments. Instead, it hosted a “National Dialogue Forum” in Damascus that included none of the forces seeking Assad’s ouster.
“All this stuff that happens outside never makes any difference to us,” rebel fighter Firas Filefleh said via Skype from the northern province of Idlib. He said he and his colleagues respect al-Khatib as a religious figure but that he and the Coalition is ineffective.
“The Coalition has never made any difference for the fighting brigades,” he said. “They brought some flour and some canned goods but have never done more than that.”
Filefleh said he had no opinion of Hitto and said he had never heard of Gen. Idris, who purports to be the rebels’ highest military leader.
Late Sunday, the Coalition circulated videos it said showed Hitto during his first visit to Syria since his election. The videos showed Hitto in a sport coat and jeans, shaking hands in an unnamed town in Aleppo province.
Meanwhile, rebels tried to advance their campaign to gain ground along the southern border with Jordan.
Since last summer, the opposition has seized large swathes of land near the Turkish and Iraqi borders to the north and east, and has used them to organize and build supply lines.
Victory in the south could allow them to do the same there. They have recently seized army checkpoints along a 15-mile (25-kilometer) strip of the border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels clashed Sunday with forces at a checkpoint and military base in the area.
Also Sunday, Israel’s military said soldiers on patrol in the Golan Heights were fired upon and responded by firing back into Syria. It did not say if the Syrian fire was from rebels or the government.
The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed since Syria’s crisis began in March 2011.
Associated Press reporters Aya Batrawy in Cairo, Matthew Lee in Baghdad and Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, and Abdullah Rebhy in Doha, Qatar, contributed reporting.
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