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Freedom for Palestine; Freedom for Palestinian Political Prisoners held captive in Zionist Dungeons

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

They meet behind Zionist bars; fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and students, friends, neighbours, townspeople, relatives, comrades. They unite in their defiance of injustice; men, women, children, elderly…. none of them a stranger to the other, none of them a stranger to us, none of them a stranger to Palestine. They are held captive in dungeons, denied the air of Palestine, denied the sunrise and the sunset, denied the laughter of a family member, denied the tear over a martyred comrade. They sacrificed their freedom willingly, so the children of Palestine may enjoy a life free of occupation and oppression.

They are buried alive in grave-like cells, so the future generations of Palestine may enjoy the sunrise over the mountains of Jerusalem and Safad, the fresh breeze over the meadows of Jenin and Bisan, the wind playing with the waters of Gaza and Acca. But, it is not they who are captive, for they have chosen to fight for freedom… it is us, who walk this land shackled by a brutal occupation. It is not they who are the living dead, for they live in dignity that defies the jailor… it is us, who walk in life content with less than full liberation and justice. It is not they who lost years in vain behind bars, for they teach generation to come the meaning of sacrifice and steadfastness… it is us, who waste our lives in pursuit of a false freedom and a false statehood. It is not they who are deprived of Palestine, for they have chosen to be one with Palestine… it is us, who betray Palestine when we go on with our lives while 6500 Palestinians are held captive. It is not they who are unknown, for Palestine knows her devoted children, every town, village and refugee camp in Palestine knows them, every house in Palestine knows them, every child in Palestine knows them…. It is us, who have yet to earn the honour to have our names recorded with those of the heroes of Palestine.

They are the lovers of freedom, the defeaters of oppression, the heroes of Palestine. They struggle every minute, every hour, every day. They are steadfast in the face of Zionist inhumanity and world betrayal. They fight for our freedom every day, and in return we remember them only on the 17th of April. Palestinians Prisoners’ Day should be every day. They should be remembered every minute of the day, for they fight for us every minute of the day… their families suffer every minute of the day… they suffer for us every minute of the day. We will only be free when ALL Palestinian political prisoners are free… for they have chosen Palestine and they have chosen to sacrifice their freedom for the freedom of all of us.

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

According to various statistics and report, since 1967, the Zionist entity held 850,000 Palestinians captive, including 15,000 women and tens of thousands of children. Since 2000, more than 85,000 Palestinians were held captive by the Zionist entity, including more than 10,000 children and 1200 women, 65 MPs and former PA ministers and 24,000 administrative detainees. Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial, issued by Israeli occupation commanders, and is usually between one and six months, often renewed for several times, in many cases for more than 10 times. The Palestinian Detainees Committee reports that there are currently 6500 Palestinians held captive in 22 Israeli jails, detention and interrogation centres, including 25 women (among them 4 minors), 205 children, 480 administrative detainees, 20 journalists, 13 MPs and 1 former minister. Imprisoned MPs are: Ahmad Saadat, Khaleda Jarrar, Marwan Barghouthi, Abdel Jabar Fuqha, Hasan Yousif, Mohammad Natsheh, Mohammad Bader, Aziz Dweik, Azzam Salhab, Nayef Rjoub, Husni Bourini, Mohammad Abu Ter, Riyad Haddad. Among the prisoners, 480 are sentenced to at least one life term, the highest being that of Abdallah Barghouthi with 67 life sentences and 5200 years. The Committee reported a noted increase in the abduction of Palestinian children in the last four years, whereby 3755 children were kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces (IOF), including 1266 kidnapped in 2014. During the first quarter of 2015, 1059 Palestinians were kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces: 397 from Jerusalem, 304 from Hebron, 195 from Ramallah, 130 from Nablus, 91 from Jenin, 81 from Bethlehem, 43 from Qalqilya, 38 from Tulkarim, 12 from Salfit, 6 from Jericho, 3 from Tubas and 54 from the Gaza Strip. Additionally, more than 200 children were kidnapped by the IOF. It is worth mentioning that 85 Palestinians freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity in 2011, were kidnapped again, 63 of whom are still detained, and Israeli occupation military courts returned the sentences for 38 of them:

– Jerusalem: Ala’ Bazian, Naser Abed Rabbo, Rajab Tahhan, Ibrahim Mish’al, Jamal Abu Saleh, Adnan Maraghah, Ismail Hijazi, Salman Abu Eid from Biddo.

– Ramallah: Nidal Zalloum, Bushra Tawel, Ibrahim Shalash, Rabee’ Barghouthi from Kobar, Khalid Gethan, Ibrahim Masri from Shuqba.

– Nablus: Hamzah Abu Arqoub, Taha Shakhsher, Ahmad Hamad from tel, Zahir Khatatbah, Nidal Abdel Haq.

– Hebron: Mahmoud Sweiti, Ismail Masalmeh, Abbas Shabaneh, Ma’ath Rmouz, Hamid Awawdeh.

– Jenin: Waheeb Abu Ar-Rub and Mohammad Haj Salah from Qabatya, Imad Musa, Samir Mahroum, Mu’ammar Ghawadrah, Abdel Rahman Salah.

– Tulkarim: Ashraf Wawi, Mo’ayyad Jallad, Abdel Min’im Tu’mah, Majdi Ajouli, Ayed Khalil from Qiffen, Mohammad Barakat from Anabta, Amer Miqbil.

– Imad Abdel Rahim from Salfit.

Palestinian prisoners are subjected to torture, abuse and medical negligence in Israeli jails. Statistics show that 100% of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees were subjected to at least one form of torture, mainly physical, abuse, humiliation and denial of their basic rights. 95% of Palestinian children held captive by the Zionist entity said they were subjected to torture, abuse and mistreatment. Since 1967, 206 Palestinian political prisoners were killed by the IOF, including 71 due to torture, 54 due to medical negligence, 74 executed by IOF after arrest, 7 shot dead by IOF and Israeli prison guards. Additionally, tens of Palestinians died shortly after their release of severe ailments they suffered during their captivity, including 22 year-old martyr Ja’far ‘Awad, who died on 10.04.2015. Palestinian prisoner rights organizations and sites report that more than 1500 Palestinian prisoners suffer from various ailments and diseases, mostly due to torture, abuse, bad conditions within the over-crowded and damp cells, and are subjected to a systematic medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Authority. 160 of these prisoners suffer from chronic diseases, with 80 of them suffering from chronic diseases and currently being in a critical condition, 25 suffer from cancer, and tens are physically and psychological disabilities. Also, 17 Palestinian prisoners are semi-permanently held captive in the so-called “Ramleh Prison Clinic”: 1) Shadi Daraghmeh, 2) Iyad Ridwan, 3) Mansour Muqadeh, 46 years old, 4) Riyad Imour, 5) Mutaz Ibeido 34 years old, 6) Salah Titi, 23 years old, 7) Yousif Nawaj’ah, 48 years old, 8) Nahidh Alaqra’, 43 years old, 9) Daoud Abu Hayyeh, 10) Kifah Hattab, 11) Ashraf Abu Alhuda, 35 years old, 12) Amir Ash-Shammas, 13) Fouad Shobaki, 14) Tha’er Halahleh, 15) Ami As’ad, 16) Mo’tasim Raddad 32 years old, 17) Khalid Shawish, 40 years old.

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Palestinian political prisoners © google images

Among the over 6500 Palestinian prisoners/detainees, there is a group, which grows with every passing month, of very courageous and patient prisoners. These prisoners, called the “Deans of Prisoners”, have been locked up inside Zionist dungeons for over 20 years! These prisoners continue to be held captive despite signed agreements with the Zionist entity to release them. According to “Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum” signed on 04.09.1999, all Palestinian prisoners/detainees arrested by Israel prior to 04.05.1994 should be released. Nevertheless, again confirming the futility of negotiations with the Zionist entity, Israel refused to abide with the agreement, and postponed their release time after time, then released a number in three groups, to gain more concessions from the PA. 30 prisoners detained prior to 1994 still remain captive in Zionist jails, including 14 from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, 9 from West Bank, 5 from Jerusalem (4 carry West Bank IDs), 2 from the Gaza Strip.

Among the 30 prisoners, 16 have spent over 25 years in Israeli captivity. These are truly the “Generals of Patience” and they endure this long and harsh captivity because the love of Palestine is strong in their heart and because the belief in the justice of their cause is as strong as the first day of imprisonment. The Zionist torture couldn’t break them and the Zionist dungeons couldn’t break them. I collected as much information as I could find on every prisoner. It is disappointing that there is very little information on some of the prisoners. Note: According to Palestinian prisoner sites, and unless otherwise indicated, a life sentence = 99 years.

1. Karim Yousif Fadel Younis, 56 years old, from ‘Ara/’Ar’ara. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 06.01.1983 (32 years, 3 months, 11 days – total days: 11,789)

Palestinian political prisoner Karim Younis © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Karim Younis © google images

Karim was born on 24.12.1958 in ‘Ara/’Ar’ara and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He finished high school, and enrolled in Bir As-Sabi’ university at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. During his 3rd year at the university, Karim was kidnapped to an interrogation cell, and was accused of resisting the Israeli occupation. After 27 court sessions, he was charged with membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and killing a Zionist occupation soldier, and sentenced by the Lyd occupation military court to be hanged. This verdict was later reduced to one life sentence. During his imprisonment, Karim enrolled in the Open University at the Dept. of Political Science and International Relations.

He also wrote an article in the 1990s on the Oslo Accords, refusing this agreement and stating that it will lead to nothing. At the time, some of his comrades in jail disagreed with him and he decided not to publish the article. Additionally, he published a book titled “The Other Reality of Israeli Parties” in which he exposed all Israeli political parties. Currently, Karim is considered the longest serving political prisoner in the world. He is also considered amongst the prominent leaders of the prisoner movement and its symbols, as he fought a battle with the Israeli prison administration against separating Palestinian political prisoners from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948 from those from areas occupied in 1967. Karim represented the prisoners many times and participated in all prisoner protest actions and hunger strikes, and was several times punished with solitary confinement.

Karim lost his father two years ago, and the Israeli prison administration denied him the chance to say farewell to him. His mother Subhiyeh Younis participated in all prisoner-related activity until she became too ill and too weak to participate. In an interview she talked about her relationship with her son: “…A relationship of never ending longing and nostalgia for a meeting I hope will happen soon.” On his detention she recalls: “On the night of 05.01.1983, after 2 am, we heard violent knocking on the door. My husband opened the door and I was standing behind it; soldiers pushed me inside and asked for Karim. We said he is at the university in Bir As-Sabi’.

After searching the house, they didn’t find him and left. That very same night they kidnapped Sami, and the next day they kidnapped Karim from the university, and kidnapped Maher and accused the three of killing an Israeli soldier …. We found a lawyer who asked for very high expenses, and after 27 court sessions over a year, Karim and Maher were sentenced to be hanged. This verdict was meant to destroy us emotionally and psychologically, and when they brought them for us to see them, they were dressed in red clothes and their hands and legs cuffed. We hired another layer and the ruling was changed to life sentence. Subhiyeh considers herself imprisoned like her son, and says that the worst thing for parents is seeing their children behind glass and not being able to touch them. She used to visit him every two weeks, and had to travel from 4 am to see him, and endured the suffering and degradation from the Israeli occupation soldiers and jailors as long as she gets to him. She remembers how during these visits, when her eyes would tear, he would get annoyed and threaten to cut the visit, and would ask:

“Did I annoy you? Don’t you consider me a hero? Aren’t you supposed to be proud of me instead of crying for me? Aren’t you the one who believes that prison is for men, did you change your mind now?” She recalls how much he loves Maqloubeh and Mlukhiyyeh dishes and that whenever the family is gathered, they are always sad because he is missing. She adds that the conditions of Palestinian prisoners get worse by the day, for example, family members aren’t allowed anymore to bring their children certain food items during visits such as olive oil, olives, rice, clothes of all types, tea, coffee and stuffed vine leaves. So the prisoners are forced to buy their own food and water and other necessities, such as soap and cigarettes, for extremely high prices from the prison canteen (a sort of prison shop) which means a canteen allowance for every prisoner of at least 1300 Shekels every month.

Subhiyeh says that even the chair she sits in is bored with waiting for Karim; “I miss my son in a way I cannot describe, I long to hold him and hug him, and I fear most to collapse the minute I meet him, and that my legs will not hold me and I lose my balance and faint.” She never stops hoping that he will return home: “I imagine that he will be released, and I am sitting in this very chair, and the door opens without anyone knocking, Karim enters opening the door widely to hurry and hug me, I scream out of happiness until I almost faint.” She recalls: “Often I asked him: do you remember the way to our house? He would laugh and say: how could I miss the house, and it is very easy? It’s on the main road, opposite the bus station.”

2. Maher Abdel Latif Abdel Qadir Younis, 57 years old, from ‘Ara/’Ar’ara. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 18.01.1983 (32 years, 2 months, 30 days – total days: 11,777)

Palestinian political prisoner Maher Younis © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Maher Younis © google images

Maher was born on 09.01.1958 in ‘Ara/’Ar’ara, and has 1 brother and 6 sisters. After finishing primary school, Maher attended the agricultural school in Khadera. He was kidnapped by Israeli occupation soldiers and was accused of membership in Fateh, possession of weapons and killing an Israeli occupation soldier. After 27 court sessions, the Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to be hanged, but the verdict was reduced to a life sentence. During his captivity, he enrolled in the Open University to study linguistics, but was unable to get a degree, as he missed the last four courses because the Israeli prison administration refused to let him continue his education.

Maher’s mother is active in activities in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, and she represents the parents of political prisoners from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and is their spokesperson. Maher wasn’t allowed to see his father for 6 months, and when his father was on his deathbed, Maher applied to the Israeli prison authority for a special permit to visit him, but it was refused and his father died without Maher having the chance to say goodbye. This had great effect on Maher, and during the following Ramadan he asked his mother for money so he can make dinner for the prisoners in his father’s memory.

3. Mohammad Ahmad Abdel Hamid Al-Tous, 60 years old (1955), from Hebron. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 06.10.1985 (29 years, 6 months, 11 days – total days: 10,785)

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad At-Tous © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad At-Tous © google images

Mohammad was born in 1955 in Hebron, and is father to 3 children. Israeli occupation forces kidnapped him on 06.10.1985 and he was tortured and isolated several times. He was member of a Palestinian resistance group that worked in occupied Palestine. In 1985, Israeli warplanes bombed several group members while on their way to Syria. Only Mohammad survived and another two members, Ziad and Mustafa Ighnemat, who stayed behind in Sourif, were detained.

The three received life sentences. When Mohammad was kidnapped, his son Shadi was 3 years old, his daughter Fida’ was two years, and his wife was pregnant with his son Thaer. Mohammad’s wife Amnah, who used to participate in all solidarity activities with Palestinian political prisoners, died on 02.01.2015, after being in a coma for one and half years. She had suffered a stroke and fell in come after being told that Israel refused to include her husband in the list of those to be released within the prisoner exchange deal. His son Shadi says: “We await and prepare ourselves to welcome father who has been away from us for so long, and left us young to come back now and see us and see our children.” Mohammad’s children grew up and got married while he was locked up in a zionist dungeon. He now has 6 grandchildren whom he only saw in pictures.

4. Ibrahim Nayef Hamdan Abu Mukh, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 24.03.1986 (29 years, 24 days – total days: 10,616)

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Abu Mukh © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Abu Mukh © google images

Ibrahim was born on 26.02.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, has one sister and lost both his parents when he and his sister were children. They lived a life of poverty and deprivation, but Ibrahim had a strong character and will to face life. He concluded the primary school, but poverty prevented him from finishing his school education, and was forced to join the labor market in order to try and make money to finish his secondary and university education. Ibrahim loved reading and was known to always carry a book.

He was well educated politically and believed in armed resistance as the road to defeat occupation. On 24.03.1986, he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces, and after interrogation, he was charged with membership in the PFLP, the possession of weapons and explosives and carrying out resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to life imprisonment, and since then he has been transferred from one Israeli occupation jail to another. During his captivity, Ibrahim enrolled in the Open University at the Dept. of Political and Social Science. It is worth mentioning that before his captivity, Ibrahim was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. Despite being in jail, Ibrahim dreams of the day he is free, and with the help of his friends, his sister and her family, he is building a house for himself near his parents’ house.

5. Rushdi Hamdan Mohammad Abu Mukh, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Ghabriyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 24.03.1986 (29 years, 24 days – total days: 10,616)

Palestinian political prisoner Rushdi Abu Mukh © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Rushdi Abu Mukh © google images

Rushdi was born on 20.04.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He concluded his school education, after which he worked in a workshop owned by his brothers in manufacturing iron doors and windows. He was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 24.03.1986 and charged with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and conducting resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948. The Lyd occupation military court sentenced him to life imprisonment. Before his captivity, Rushdi was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. He has been since transferred to several occupation jails, and he suffers from diabetes.

6. Walid Nimer As’ad Duqqa, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Ghabriyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 25.03.1986 (29 years, 23 days – total days: 10,615)

Palestinian political prisoner Walid Duqqa © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Walid Duqqa © google images

Walid was born on 01.01.1961 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 6 brothers and 3 sisters. He concluded his school education, and worked in a petrol station until he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces. The Lyd occupation military court charged Walid with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and conducting actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. During his captivity, Walid enrolled in Open University at the Dept. of Political Science and received his first and second university degrees. His mother hangs his degrees on wall in her sitting room. Walid lost his father while in captivity, and the Israeli prison authority refused to let him say farewell to him. Before his captivity,

Walid was engaged, but after he was sentenced, he broke the engagement in order not to be unfair to his fiancée who will have otherwise to wait long for him. During imprisonment, Sana’ Salameh, an activist for prisoner rights from At-Tireh, proposed to Walid and he accepted. He is considered as one the first to initiate the concept of resistance within prisons to gain prisoner rights. This is to be achieved through continuous protests and struggle within the prisons, combined with the support of people outside the prisons, raising awareness on prisoner issues to international public, and keeping it a case of struggle so as to win rights for prisoners, such as being treated as prisoners of war, with all the rights connected to it, including a determined sentence.

Walid, a courageous and tireless fighter for the rights of political prisoners, wrote to his mother on the day he entered his 20th year in captivity: “I admit now, and in my 20th year in jail, that I still don’t feel the hate or roughness or crudeness that life in jail imposes… I admit that I still get happy like a child for the simplest things, and I am filled with happiness when I hear a word of encouragement or a word of flattery or a kind word… I admit that my heart beats for a flower I see on the TV screen or a natural scene or the scene of the sea… I admit that I am happy despite everything and miss nothing of life’s pleasures except two scenes: children and work.”

7. Ibrahim Abdel Raziq Ahmad Bayadsa, 54 years old, from Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 26.03.1986 (29 years, 22 days – total days: 10,614)

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Bayadsa © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Bayadsa © google images

Ibrahim was born on 07.03.1960 in Baqa Al-Gharbiyyeh, and has 6 siblings. Due to financial difficulties, he was not able to finish his university education, so he worked in a factory in an effort to save money to go back to university. He was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on 26.03.1986 and was charged with membership in the PFLP, possession of weapons and explosives and carrying out resistance actions in Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

During his captivity, Ibrahim was transferred to several jails, as he actively participates in protest actions. He taught a number of detainees Arabic and Hebrew, and enrolled in the Open University at the Law Dept. His mother Hajja Aisha, who is over 80 years old, is active in the solidarity movement for political prisoners and participates in most activities in support of Palestinian political prisoners. She is considered a mother for all Palestinian political prisoners and they all know her and wait for her visit. Additionally, his brother Abu Walid is member of the support group for political prisoners and their families. On the day he entered his 25th year in captivity, his mother said. “I cannot describe how I feel on this day after I saw all this gathering that still bears on its shoulders the issue of the prisoners from the Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, and make it a global issue to be remembered and passed on by generations…

There is no place for sadness and sorrow in me now, because I know that Ibrahim is not alone in his cell, and I am well aware that he traveled all over the world with his and his brothers’ just cause.” She continued: “When I last visited him, he was in good health and had high spirits, was proud and standing tall because his cause is a just cause and a national cause that everyone is proud of… What pains me most is that I can never shake his hand or kiss him… the Israel prison authority tightened the noose on the Palestinian political prisoners and prevents them from meeting their families except from behind a glass window and to talk with them through a speakerphone.” She also recalled how Ibrahim always told her to bring Palestinian dishes on her visits, such as Khubezeh and spinach, as these remind him of the taste of freedom, but the Israeli jailors killed his joy the day they prohibited the delivery of any home-made food to the prisoners.

8. Ahmad Ali Hussein Abu Jaber, 56 years old, from Kufr Qasem. Held captive in Zionist dungeons since 08.07.1986 (28 years, 9 months, 9 days – total days: 10,510)

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad Abu Jaber © google images

Palestinian political prisoner Ahmad Abu Jaber © google images

Ahmad was born on 01.01.1059 in Bir As-Sabi’. His father died before his birth, and when he was young, he moved with his family to Kufr Qasem. Ahmad finished the primary school and worked in manufacturing aluminum doors and windows. He was kidnapped on 08.07.1986, and on 22.07.1096 charged by the Nablus Israeli military court with membership in Fateh, and killi

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The “Factory Area” (Al-Ma’mal) between Al-Jood Association and Bayaanoon Village saw wild and wooly moments as the Syrian Army continued its march toward Turkey.  A van loaded with 7 rats was destroyed and all their weapons and ammunition seized for distribution to our militias.

Many of our readers are contacting me about Al-Zahraa Town near Nibbul with news about its liberation.  I have received reports only that the army is tackling stubborn defenses there with significant progress.  I am, of course, like many of you, anxious to see the town liberated and its population freed from the stench of the Erdoghani Turks. Let’s hope we can declare it rat-free tomorrow.

Rat websites have announced the death of one of their verminious heroes, one called ‘Adnaan Junayd Abu-Hilaal, a Nusra leader.  He was killed near the Al-Nayrab Palestinian Camp by militia.  Another 8 of his litter mates also traveled with him to the flames of Hell.



Syrian ArmyNahlayyaa:  Idlib’s governor, Dr. Khayreddeen Al-Sayyid,  inspects the town after its liberation by the Syrian Army


محافظ إدلب يتفقد بلدة نحليا بعد سيطرت الجيش عليهاTaftanaaz and Al-Tanjara:  This abandoned base for repair and maintenance of helicopters was not the target of the SAA.  Instead, the move to this village was exclusively for the purpose of killing all the vermin belonging to Ahraar Al-Shaam Al-Islamiyya there.  12 rodents were stuffed down the chute to Mephisto’s Massage Parlor. Along with them went, also, a pickup truck and its usual accoutrements, i.e., a Doschka.

Mu’tazz Farrookh

Saami Muhammad Julaylaati

‘Amr Al-Dhaahir

The rest were all carrying fake identities and were declared foreigners.

Kooreen Village:  About to fall completely under the weight of constant SAA artillery.  This village is held by Nusra/Alqaeda, Jund Al-Aqsaa, Faylaq Al-Shaam. They are almost out of ammunition and are expected to head straight north to Turkey in just a few hours.  They would probably like to get to northern Idlib City, but, that might be somewhat difficult since the SAA has surrounded it.

Tal Deeneet:  This is an archeologically important area.  2 nests of vultures were destroyed as the SAA continues to pursue all terrorists until the area is Ratten-rein or Ratten-frei. 

Shaykh Barakaat Peak:  The Syrian Air Defense corps shook the Turks right in their boots when they tracked 2 F-16s straddling the border area of Hatay and northern Idlib province in a most provocative fashion.  The Turk jets picked up on the tracking radar and quickly returned to their bases before the Syrians opened fire on them with a combination of SA-6 Gainfuls and the usual ack-ack.

Al-‘Ankaawi Village and Qastoon:  2 Nusra/Alqaeda nests were devastated by SAA infantry and artillery this morning.  All rats were killed.  All were foreigners.

Kafr Laataa:  A group calling itself “Faylaq Al-Shaam” was destroyed by SAA and PDC.  It’s leader for the area of rural Idlib was killed along with 4 others:

Kinaan Jilali (a/k/a “Abu Muhammad”)

Zaahi Al-Muloohi

No other names.


Heavy fighting going on in all these areas: Qumaynaas, Al-Nayrab, Sirmeen, Kareema Hill, Al-Muqbila, Fayloon, Ma’arrat Al-Nu’maan, ‘Ayn Sawdaa, Al-Tamaani’ah







Doumaa:  The Syrian Air Force continued its relentless pounding of Zahraan ‘Alloosh’s lair in the area of Doumaa laying to rest his hogwash about  “ONE THOUSAND MISSILES” to be fired on Damascus if the army doesn’t stop bombing him.   Not only does he not have any missiles left, he also lost his favorite baby blanket.   Yesterday, the SAAF destroyed several fortifications and blasted a nest of ‘Allooshi child molesters.

‘Ayn Turmaa:  More SAAF sorties targeting moving rodents.  Syria has received newer and more accurate air-to-ground missiles which are devastating the terrorist rats in this area.   The day before yesterday, there was also an attempted infiltration from ‘Ayn Turmaa to Waadi ‘Ayn Turkmaa.  We can confirm the deaths of 24 rodents here.

Jawbar:  SAAF soaring over this dilapidated suburb near the Rahma Mosque and scorching the slimy rodents inside.  The rat effort to hold on to Jawbar is becoming increasingly puzzling what with the fact that all resupply routes are now closed.

Zibdeen:  2 Saudi Arabian AIDS-carrying monkeys were killed here yesterday by the Air Force.

DAMASCUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:  The Syrian Army has been monitoring rodent movements in the East Ghoutaa for several days while Military Intelligence under the command of Maj. Gen. Muhammad Mahalla was intercepting and deciphering rat communications coming mostly out of Jordan and the Zionist Settler State.  What became clear was that the rodents were planning for a major push against the airport coming out of the Ghoutaa.   With news of the new airline “Syrian Wings” becoming widespread, the rats thought they’d throw a wet blanket on the whole affair by shutting down the airport.  Yesterday, in an operation specifically designed to address that fantasy,  the Syrian Army took to the offensive and preempted any such operation.  In a matter of hours, ground forces backed by militias and artillery overwhelmed the rodents at Yaldaa, Babeelaa and Bayt Sahm frustrating their plans and destroying any semblance of discipline they might have had.  The Syrian Army is now combing the area for remnant rodents to add to the piles of manure appearing all around the country.

Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmouk:  The Palestinian groups allied with Syria and their cohorts in the PDC are making significant headway in the battle to rid the Palestinian people of the Alqaeda rat infestation.  Remember, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad is mostly ISIS after that group relinquished the camp to the Nusra/Alqaeda vermin. There is a bloody battle under way now in the center of the camp moving to the western side.   The Syrian Army has not received support from the treasonous PLO in Ramallah and, therefore, is supplying the fighters with logistics, artillery and all the firepower they need for the task at hand.

Al-Samdaaniyya Village:  In the Qunaytra area.  On April 16, 2015, Nusra, under Zionist command, moved from its positions behind Zionist lines and tried to invade this village.  The rats were observed making the move from Syrian Army-controlled Al-‘Ajraf, Rasm Al-Shoolaa and Al-Hameediyya.  The Army and citizens took immediate steps to block the advance killing an estimated 12 rodents and wounding scores of others who could be seen being spirited to Zionist quack hospitals near Lake Tiberias.

Umm Baatina:  SAA has seized a large stash of arms and ammunition here which will be used to kill Wahhabists.

Zamalkaa Bridge:  A firefight resulted in the deaths of 6 Nusra rats:

‘Awni Talaal Al-Ahmad

Akram Mahmoud Khiddu

Firaas Hallaal

The other 3 were Jordanians with forged documents.  Monzer says that the 3 might be Jordanian spies.

Jidyaa Tunnel:  More dead rats.  I have no details about the fighting here.

Zaydeen and Dayr Al-‘Asaafeer:  Several nests were destroyed by marauding members of our militias.  Several assault rifles and boxes of ammunition were seized.  The group here, Jabhat Ansaar Al-Shaam, admitted to 7 rat deaths from their pack of filthy, plague-carrying pests.

Qaarra Village in the Qalamoon:  An attempted invasion at night by Alqaeda from neighboring Lebanon was a disaster after Lebanese Intelligence alerted the SAA.  I don’t have the details, but, Monzer writes that the route they used will probably never be open again after the SAA’s artillery dislodged a large boulder causing it to collapse on to the roadway.  Major mess.  Also, the SAA assessed the site and found dozens of weapons thrown down by the fleeing rats.

Tal Hamraa in the Zabadaani area:  Now completely under SAA control.  Nusra annihilated here as of April 14, 2015.



Balochistan-Foreign Forces Destabilize Pakistan


Map of Balochistan, Pakistan

By Sajjad Shaukat

Although in the recent years, Pakistan’s civil and military high officials have been saying that

foreign hands are behind the insurgency in Balochistan province in order to destabilize Pakistan,

yet army chief’s clear statement in this respect is notable.

During his visit to Quetta, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif on April 15, this year warned

foreign forces and spy agencies against destabilizing Pakistan by supporting insurgents in

Balochistan. Gen. Raheel elaborated, “Army will continue supporting the Balochistan

government till terrorism is wiped out…those found involved in funding and facilitating

terrorists will be dealt with iron hands.”

Expressing his condolences over killing of 20 workers in Turbat, he also warned all miscreants

and anti-state elements to refrain from their terror-activities.

In fact, Gen. Raheel Sharif was compelled to expose conspiracy against Pakistan after the

gunmen killed 20 laborers in the deadliest attack on April 11, who were working at a dam

construction site in the Turbat district of Baluchistan.

On the same day of the incident, Balochistan’s Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and

Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that a militant group funded by Indian spy agency, RAW was

behind the brutal attack in Turbat.

However, as part of the strategic game in Balochistan, negative role of foreign forces and

intelligence agencies which are working against the integrity of Pakistan needs attention.

When during the Musharraf regime, Pakistan government initiated the construction of Gwadar

deep-seaport in Balochistan province in March 2002 with Chinese assistance, sirens went off in

the capitals of foreign countries, especially the United States, India and Israel. The US took it as

a threat to its global plans, and India felt that it threatened its integrity. Israel took it as a greater

threat from an Islamic country.

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to the

Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its ideal

location among three key regions, South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-

resourced Central Asia has further increased its strategic significance. Its development has

shifted the Great Game of Central Asia to Pakistan. Hence, sirens still continue alarming in the

And, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources like gas, coal and gold, entailing Pakistan’s close

ties with China pinches the eyes of the US, India, Israel and some western countries which intend

to destabilize Pakistan for their collective aims. Besides, Gwadar’s development has created

strategic irritations among certain powers including America, India, Iran and Afghanistan.

Therefore, with the tactical support of American CIA and Israeli Mossad, Indian RAW has

continuously been assisting the Baloch separatist groups and Baloch Sub Nationalists to conduct

subversive acts—and using terrorist elements in Balochistan to threat Chinese interest in the

development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). However, Afghanistan has become

a hub from where external secret agencies have been funding and arranging subversive activities

in other parts of Pakistan—especially in Balochistan through their affiliated militant groups at

the cost of Pakistan, China and Iran. In the past few years, they abducted and killed many

Chinese and Iranian nationals in Pakistan.

It is of particular attention, that Indian former Army Chief Gen. VK Singh openly admitted that

during his tenure, he supervised special army unit, Tactical Support Division (TSD) on the

instructions of the then defence minister to sponsor acts of sabotage in Pakistan, particularly

It is mentionable that during his trip to Beijing, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang signed eight agreements on July 5, 2013 in various fields.

The most important one envisages the establishment of CPEC between deep Gwadar seaport of

Balochistan and the historic Silk Road city in western regions-Xinjiang of China—connecting to

Gilgit-Baltistan through Khunjerab Pass. Beijing has also offered to build an international

airport, while the roads infrastructure in Gwadar would be connected with the communication

network of rest of the country to facilitate transportation of goods. By rejecting US growing

pressure, Pakistan has handed over the control of Gwader seaport to China.

While, in May, 2013, a day before Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Islamabad; Chinese

engineers being driven through Clifton Block-1 in Karachi escaped a major bomb attack.

It is worth-mentioning that during China’s visit, Gen. Raheel Sharif, on January 25, 2015,

China’s Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission Gen. Fan has assured that China will

assist Pakistan in every challenge.

It is noteworthy that in February 8, 2012, three Republican Congressmen including Dana

Rohrabacher, Louie Gohmert and Steve King tabled a bill before US Congress stating,

“Balochistan is currently divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan with no sovereign

rights of its own. In Pakistani Balochistan the people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial

killings.” The bill favoured Baloch rights of self-determination, having a sovereign state—and

must be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status.

As regards the deteriorating situation of Balochistan, everyone knows that Balochistan

Liberation Army (BLA) and their affiliated outfits including another group, Jundollah (God’s

soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the province gets logistic support from RAW

and other anti-Pakistan spy agencies—these militants kidnapped and killed many innocent

people and the security personnel in the province. They also massacred many persons through

suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence. Hence, they are responsible

for dumped bodies and extrajudicial killings in the province. On a number of occasions, these

insurgent groups claimed responsibility for their subversive acts. The main aim behind is to

create unrest in Balochistan and to discourage Beijing for the development of Gwadar port.

Taking cognizance of the foreign powers’ anti-Pakistan designs, Islamabad has made

extraordinary security arrangements, as Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit Pakistan on

It is remarkable that a Gallup survey of the UK official body, DFID, conducted on July 20, 212,

had disclosed that the vast majority of the Baloch people oppose the idea of an independent

As a result of the general elections 2013, the government led by the nationalist leader Chief

Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch was established in Balochistan, while on

December 7, 2013; local bodies elections were largely held in a peaceful manner in the province.

These elections proved that majority of the Baloch are loyal to the federation, and have rejected

the case of separatists, being projected by foreign forces which are destabilizing Pakistan by

supporting anti-state elements in Balochistan.

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Assaults on Women in India


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By Sajjad Shaukat

Indian hegemonic designs and lust for military power has resulted in brazenly ignoring socio-

economic factors behind the menace of rape, as sexual assaults are direct outcome of ignored

Fundamentalist government of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi still prefers

military spending instead of improving social fabric of Indian society. Rising number of rapes

are attributable to religious fanaticism, nation’s patriarchy, widespread poverty and lack of law

Now, India has become an eternal ordeal for women, and every 23 minutes a lady is raped. In

this respect, some women lodge a complaint or FIR, while most of them avoid it, considering

In this regard, some major rape cases are notable. On April 14, 2015, an officer of Indian

Administrative Service, SN Roy in Haryana has been sent on leave after being accused of

sexually abusing a woman who complained to the police. On March 28, a woman from

Bengaluru filed a complaint with Delhi police against an immigration officer who sexually

harassed her at Indira Gandhi International Airport. On March 21, a court in Delhi granted bail to

environmentalist R.K. Pachauri who was facing a case of sexual attack on a woman research

analyst. On March 18, the naked body of a 75-year-old woman was found at an ashram in West

Bengal’s Burdwan district—a second rape of a senior citizen in West Bengal within a week.

Besides, in a number of rape cases, targeting foreign women have come to the surface in India in

2013. In March 2013, a 38 year old Swiss woman was gang-raped in a forest near Datia town by

six Indians. In January 2013 a South Korean student was drugged and raped by the son of owner

of the hotel where she was staying.

Regrettably, a British holidaymaker in the northern city of Agra suffered a leg injury when she

jumped out of the hotel window to save her honor, as two men entered her hotel room with the

intent to molest her. In February 2013, a Chinese woman working in Gurgaon, was raped by an

Indian acquaintance. In May 31, 2013, a young Irish woman was raped by a man in a house in

Kalighat area. The 21 years old young girl came into with acquaintance, an Indian native named

Sujay Mitra in the city of Kolkata where she was celebrating her birthday.

In a notorious case, five years ago, 15-year old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling was raped and

left to die on a beach in the tourist resort of Goa. In another shameful case, in June 3, 2013, a US

national was gang-raped by three men in a truck in Manali. The woman was attacked, after she

accepted a lift by three men in a truck. Police said the men drove the woman to a secluded spot

where they raped her and robbed her.

This practice continued in 2014. Taking cognizance of sexual assaults on the tourist ladies,

British and Swiss governments including those of other countries have already issued

instructions to women tourists to refrain from going to India due to growing risks of insecurity

In this context, The New York wrote in June 10, 2013, “Visits to India by female tourists

dropped 35 percent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year.

That three-month period came after the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in

December…every day women face the harassment and intimidation in India.”

It elaborated, “Although the per capita rate of rapes reported to the police in India is below, as

many sexual attacks go unreported and that the actual number is far higher…sexual offense law

in March that imposes stronger penalties for violence against women and criminalizes actions.

But attacks on women have continued with an alarming regularity. While Indian women are

most often the targets, foreign tourists have been victims as well.”

Sumit Galhotra, a journalist who specializes in human rights in South Asia, said that he has

noticed, “While some rape cases in India have received widespread coverage in the local media,

but others have not, particularly rape cases in rural India, which are routinely ignored in the

press…despite the pervasiveness of India’s rape problem, only a few cases get international

In fact, the fast-track court system in India is still not fast enough. In this context, the Indian

judicial system moves at a glacial pace, because the prosecution’s primary focus has, instead,

been on barring foreign journalists from proceedings.

In this connection, on March 29, 2015, a report under the caption, “Pakistani girl molested, Pune

cop held”, published in Indian newspaper, “The Hindu” said that a Pune policeman has been

booked for molesting a minor Pakistani national at her residence. Anand Gidde, attached to the

Pakistan desk of the Foreigners Registration Office, visited the 13-year-old’s house on March 24

ostensibly for verifying documents and molested her.

Nevertheless, rape of a Pakistani Hindu minor girl is driven by general acrimony of Indians

against Pakistan. Despite repeated demand of Pakistani High Commission in India, no action has

been taken against the culprit Anand Gidde who has also managed a bail before arrest.

Reportedly, the minor girl was raped by the Pune Police official on instance of Indian secret

agency, RAW officials to humiliate the family of the victim after they refused to work for RAW.

The incident is an eye opener for foreigners, particularly Hindu and Sikh families aspiring to

visit India for pilgrimage or other purposes.

Undoubtedly, major reason for increasing cases of rape is callous attitude of Indian government

and political leaders who behave insensitively to these ugly crimes. Hence, foreign governments

and media must pay a greater attention regarding growing evil of rape against women in India,

denouncing it forcefully and uncovering negligence of Indian police and law-enforcing agencies.

Otherwise, sexual assaults on Women in India will continue.

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Obama’s War on Donbass: The Devastating Toll After One Year of Conflict

Global Research

US combat troops are working with Ukrainian forces. NATO planes arrive regularly carrying heavy weapons, munitions and other war supplies. Sputnik News explained the toll so far after one year of conflict.

UN figures claim 6,072 killed – another 15,345 wounded. Independent sources report much higher figures – multiples more than conservative estimates.

Perhaps 100,000 or more have been killed or wounded – many maimed for life.

The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) estimates 1.5 million internally or externally displaced refugees.

OSCE officials report seven journalists killed, another 170 injured. These are conservative figures. More accurate ones are likely higher.

Donbass is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Kiev forces openly target them. Other times, they’re arrested, detained and tortured. Some die in captivity.

In Donetsk, an estimated 9,464 facilities and other structures were destroyed – including:

  • 5,302 residential buildings;
  • 53 hospitals and other medical facilities;
  • 250 schools and pre-schools;
  • 13 colleges and universities;
  • 17 sports venues;
  • 32 cultural institutions;
  • 88 commercial enterprises;
  • 56 industrial facilities;
  • 605 power lines and distribution facilities;
  • 148 heat supply facilities;
  • 30 water supply facilities;
  • 2,669 gas supply facilities;
  • 53 road and transport infrastructure elements;
  • Donetsk airport – turned to rubble; and
  • the Saur-Monila memorial complex – entirely destroyed.

In Lugansk, an estimated 8,500 facilities and other structures were destroyed – including:

  • 7,899 residential buildings;
  • 65 hospitals, clinics and laboratories;
  • 3 gas distribution stations;
  • 33 heat supply facilities;
  • 43 water supply facilities;
  • 37 government buildings;
  • 97 schools and pre-schools;
  • 68 cultural institutions; and
  • 77 churches.

Billions of dollars are needed to restore what’s lost.  All the above devastation was non-military related. Even in legitimate wars, international law strictly forbids targeting civilians and non-military related sites. Doing so constitutes war crimes. Waging naked aggression is the supreme high crime against peace.

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Italian Paper Breaks Silence Over Political Assassinations in Kiev


“Somebody is Killing those Opposed to the Ukrainian Government”

Global Research

Italy’s second largest newspaper La Repubblica has broken western media’s silence over the latest wave of political murders in Ukraine.

In an unusual for mainstream western media frank assessment of Kiev’s post-Maidan regime, La Repubblica has denounced “a ruthless sweeping away of every form of political opposition taking place in Kiev”. The paper was reacting to yet another assassination in Ukraine — this time of a popular journalist Oles Buzina.

Not shy of calling a spade a spade, the article leaves no doubts as to what has happened, and is happening in Ukraine, right from the headline: Pro-Russian journalist murdered in Kiev. It is the third political homicide in 24 hours.
Not shy of calling a spade a spade, the article leaves no doubts as to what has happened, and is happening in Ukraine, right from the headline: “Pro-Russian journalist murdered in Kiev. It is the third political homicide in 24 hours.”

The captions describe Oles Buzina as a “journalist and writer very well known in the Ukrainian capital” and his murder as an “execution on his door step”.

“Somebody is systematically killing all those opposed to the Ukrainian government borne from last year’s ‘revolution’.”

Noteworthy here are the inverted commas into which the Italian newspaper puts the word ‘revolution’, thereby putting in doubt the democratic nature of the regime change in Kiev.

The article then quotes President Putin as saying that this is “one of the many crimes of the new Ukraine”.

One would be hard pressed to find, anywhere in western mainstream media, other articles like this, which report Putin’s statements without the slightest attempt of casting his words in a somewhat negative or misleading way.

Coverage of the Ukraine crisis by La Repubblica has been so far little better than those of its British and American counterparts. The editorial line was usually biased against Russia.

In a departure from this bias the article says that murders in Ukraine are taking place “within the silence of many western media”.

More importantly, Buzina’s assassination is set in a context of a series of political homicides with the assassins described as “organized commandos” and “professional hit men” — implying an instigator.

Journalist Oles Buzina looks on at the office of Sevodnya daily newspaper in Kiev in this October 12, 2012 file photo.

The motives behind the assassinations are clearly explained:

“Yesterday evening [Wednesday], again in the Ukrainian capital, a commando killed Sergey Sukhobok, owner of an internet site and of a small newspaper which contests government policy and puts forward the reasons of the people in rebel Donbass.

“Earlier still, in the afternoon, other hit men had carried on an identical mission near the home of Oleg Kalashnikov, former MP of the pro-Russian Party of the Regions, and considered a great opponent to the movements that protested last year in Kiev’s Maidan and that now run the country.”

Giving readers a taste of Ukraine’s new political climate, the article says that “several oligarchs, politicians and celebrities made creepy statements filled with ‘at last’, ‘he deserved it’, ‘an enemy gone’,” upon hearing news of Kalashnikov’s murder.

The Ukrainian ministry of Interior itself is quoted describing the slain Buzina as “the notorious journalist”.

“Neo-Nazi ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] movement is probably behind these murders, at least as far as their material execution is concerned,” says the article, again leaving open the possibility of there being an instigator behind such “systematic killings”.

But after a year of seeing the ‘Pravy Sector’ movement dismissed by western media to the tone of “oh, you’ve got some Nazi lunatics everywhere, not just in Ukraine,” it is refreshing to read La Repubblica’s article pointing out that:

“Pravy Sector heavily influences the choices of both government and president Poroshenko, boycotting every attempt to search for a peaceful solution and sending punitive expeditions against anyone who dares to dissent from the new hyper nationalistic and patriotic line”.

Having quoted President Putin’s firm assurances that “there will never be an open war between Russia and Ukraine,” the article concludes that in Ukraine itself “the beginning of a new wave of uncontrollable terror does not bode well”.

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President al-Assad: “If support to Terrorism continues, al-Qaeda will be the future of Europe and the Region”


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Moscow talks are a Breakthrough
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President Bashar al-Assad described in an interview with the Swedish Expressen Newspaper  the outcomes of Moscow talks as a breakthrough and said that the UN envoy’s Aleppo plan, which is supported by the government, was spoiled by external intervention, renewing his warning that the terrorism imported to Syria will “bite” its backers whenever it has the chance.

He also called on Sweden to influence the EU to lift the economic sanctions imposed on the Syrian people.

The following is part of the full text of the interview:

Question 1: Mr. President, I would like to offer my most sincere thanks on behalf of Expressen for giving us this interview. Thank you so much. While we are sitting here, doing this interview, the terrorist organization ISIS and even al-Nusra is overrunning al-Yarmouk refugee camp. At the same time, al-Nusra is controlling the Syrian-Jordanian border and have taken control over Idleb. How serious would you describe the situation now?

President Assad: Whenever you talk about terrorism, it’s always serious, because it’s always dangerous, anytime, anywhere, no matter how. That’s what you always say about terrorism, and it is not related directly to the example you have mentioned, because this is only a manifestation of terrorism. It’s a long process that started years ago even before the crisis in Syria. Terrorism is serious and dangerous because it doesn’t have borders, it doesn’t have limits. It could hit anywhere, it’s not a domestic issue. It’s not even regional; it’s global, that’s why it’s always dangerous. In our case, it’s more dangerous, let’s say, the situation is worse not only because of the military situation that you have mentioned in your question. Actually because this time it was having a political umbrella by many countries, many leaders, many officials, but mainly in the West. Many of those officials didn’t see the reality at the very beginning. It’s more dangerous this time because we don’t have international law, and you don’t have the effective international organization that would protect a country from another country that uses the terrorists as a proxy to destroy another country. That’s what’s happening in Syria. So, I’ll say yes, it is dangerous, but at the same time, it’s reversible. As long as it’s reversible, it’s not too late to deal with it. It’s going to be more serious with the time when the terrorists indoctrinate the hearts and minds of people.

Question 2: But they are overrunning more areas in Syria. Are the Syrian forces and army weakened?

President Assad: That’s the natural, normal repercussion of any war. Any war weakens any army, no matter how strong, no matter how modern. It undermines and weakens every society, in every aspect of the word; the economy, the society, let’s say, the morals, and of course the army as part of this society. That’s normal.

Question 3: But is the army weaker than before? Because last year, we could see win-win effect from your side, from the army’s side, you overrunning more areas, more control over al-Qalamoun and other areas, but now, they have control over Idleb, as an example.

President Assad: It’s not related to that issue, whether it’s stronger or weaker. As I said, any war undermines any army, that’s the natural course of events. But in your case, when you look at the context of the war for the last four years, you have ups and downs. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and that depends on many criteria, some of them related to domestic, internal and military criteria, or factors, let’s say, which is more precise. Some of them are related to how much support the terrorists have. For example, the recent example that you mentioned about Idleb, the main factor was the huge support that came through Turkey; logistic support, and military support, and of course financial support that came through Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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Question 4: Is it information, or is it an opinion?

President Assad: Information, everything, they were like one army; the terrorists, al-Nusra Front which is part of al-Qaeda, and the Turkish government or institutions or intelligence, were like one army in that battle, so it doesn’t depend on the weakening of our army. It depended more on how much support the terrorists have from Turkey.

Question 5: Turkey and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, they had an agenda four years ago. Did it change? Did they change that agenda?

President Assad: First of all, they’re not independent countries, so they won’t have their own agenda. Sometimes they have their own narrow-minded behavior or vengeful behavior or hateful behavior that’s been used by others’ agenda, let’s be frank here, sometimes the United States. So, we cannot say that they have their own agenda, but they haven’t changed. They still support the same terrorists, because this behavior is not related to the crisis in Syria. They supported the terrorists in Afghanistan, they supported the Wahhabi ideology, the extremism that led to terrorism recently in Europe, for decades, and now they are supporting the same ideology and the same factions under different labels and names in Syria. So, there’s nothing to change because this is their natural behavior.

Question 6: Which ideology you mean?

President Assad: The Wahhabi ideology, which forms the foundation for every terrorism in the world. No terrorist acts for the last decades in the Middle East and in the world happened without this ideology. Every terrorist bases his doctrine on the Wahhabi ideology.

Question 7: Wahhabi ideology, it’s linked to 9-11 and all the terrorist groups. Doesn’t the United States know about that link between Wahhabi ideology and terrorists? But they continue to support Saudi Arabia.

President Assad: This is a very important question, because the United States in the 1980s called the same groups of al-Qaeda and Taliban, in Afghanistan, they called them holy fighters, and that’s what president Bush described them as, holy fighters. And then, after the 11th of September 2001, they called them terrorists. The problem with the United States and of course some Western officials is that they think you can use terrorism as a card in your pocket, as a political card. Actually, terrorism is like a scorpion; whenever it has the chance, it will bite. So, they know, but they didn’t estimate how dangerous terrorism is to be used as a political card.

Question 8: Mr. President, the official Syrian delegation and part of the opposition have recently met in Moscow. Are there any effective results of that meeting?

President Assad: Actually, yes. We can say yes, because this meeting was the first time to reach – because you know we had many dialogues before – this is the first time to reach an agreement upon some of the principles that could make the foundation for the next dialogue between the Syrians. We haven’t finalized it yet, because the schedule of that meeting was very comprehensive, so four days wasn’t enough. Actually, two days, it was four days, but two days between the government and the other opposition representatives. It wasn’t enough to finalize the schedule, but because when you have a breakthrough, even if it’s a partial breakthrough, it means that the next meeting will be promising in reaching a full agreement about what are the principles of Syrian dialogue that will bring a Syrian, let’s say, solution to the conflict.

Question 9: It’s very important, what you say, Mr. President, because the United Nations’ Syria Envoy, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, he’s planning a series of consultations to begin in May or June to assess the chance of finding a common ground between the main states with an interest in the conflict. What do you think about it?

President Assad: Actually, I agree with de Mistura about this point, because if we want to look at the conflict in Syria as only an internal conflict between Syrian factions, that’s not realistic and that’s not objective. Actually, the problem is not very complicated, but it became complicated because of external intervention, and any plan you want to execute in Syria today in order to solve the problem – and that’s what he faced in his plan towards Aleppo – it will be spoiled by external intervention. That’s what happened in Aleppo, when the Turks told the factions, the terrorists they support and supervise, to refuse to cooperate with de Mistura, so I think he’s aware that if he couldn’t convince these countries to stop supporting the terrorists and let the Syrians solve their problem, he will not succeed.

Question 10: What is your opinion about de Mistura’s efforts?

President Assad: We discussed with him the plan for Aleppo, and it comes in line with our efforts in making reconciliations in different areas in Syria. This is where we succeeded, and this is where you could make things better, when you have people going back to their normality, when the government gives them amnesty and they turn in their armaments, and so on.  So, his plan for Aleppo comes in line with the same principle of reconciliation, so we supported it from the very beginning, and we still support his efforts in that regard.

Question 11: Mr. President, Sweden is the only country in Europe that grants permanent rights of stay for people that flee the war in Syria. What has that meant, and how do you view Sweden’s policy?

President Assad: In that regard or in general?

Question 12: In that regard, that’s right.

President Assad: I think that’s something that’s appreciated around the world, not only in our country, and this humanitarian stand of Sweden is appreciated regarding different conflicts, including the Syrian one. So, this is a good thing to do, to give people refuge, but if you ask the Syrian people who fled from Syria “what do you want?” They don’t want to flee Syria because of the war; they want to end that war. That’s their aim, that’s our aim. So, I think if you give people refuge, it is good, but the best is to help them in going back to their country. How? I think Sweden is an important country in the EU. It can play a major role in lifting the sanctions, because many of the Syrians who went to Sweden or any other country, didn’t only leave because of the terrorist acts; they left because of the embargo, because they have no way for living, they want the basics for their daily livelihood. Because of the embargo, they had to leave Syria, so lifting the embargo that has affected every single Syrian person and at the same time banning any European country from giving an umbrella to terrorists under different names, whether they call it peaceful opposition, whether they call it moderate opposition. It’s been very clear today, it’s been proved, that this opposition that they used to support is the same al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood. Third one is to make pressure over countries that support terrorists and prevent any plan of peace in Syria, like the one that you mentioned, of Mr. de Mistura, to be implemented in Syria, mainly Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey. So I think this is the best help and humanitarian help on the political title that Sweden could offer to the Syrian people.

Question 13: Embargo and war, and millions of refugees or people who fled from the country. This has been described as the worst refugee crisis since World War II. How big of a responsibility, Mr. President, do you have for this situation?

President Assad: I think to compare between what’s happening in Syria, even from a humanitarian point of view, and what happened in World War II, I think it’s kind of a huge exaggeration. We cannot compare, for political reasons. But regardless of this exaggeration, we have millions of people who are displaced from their areas to other areas because of the terrorist acts, and that’s a huge burden. Actually, so far, we bear the major brunt of the crisis. You hear a lot of fuss about what the international organizations and what they call themselves “friends of Syria” spend money and give support and donations to the Syrians. Actually, if you want to have just a glimpse of what we are doing, for example in 2014, last year, all those countries and organizations offered in the food sector 22% of what we offer as a country during the war. That’s a huge difference, which is 1 to 5.

Question 14: Inside the country?

President Assad: Inside Syria, yes. Regarding the healthcare sector, it was 1 to 18 in our favor. So actually, we are bearing the brunt. Besides that, we’re still paying salaries, sending vaccines to the children, offering and providing the basic requirements for the hospitals in the areas that are under the control of the terrorists. So, we are still running the country and bearing the brunt.

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Question 15: According to SAPO, the Swedish intelligence agency, returning jihadists – there are many here in Syria now – returning jihadists are the biggest domestic threat in Sweden today. Do you agree?

President Assad: I wouldn’t look at terrorism as domestic or as regional. As I said, it’s global. So, if you want to look at Sweden as part of Europe or part of the Scandinavian group of European countries, you have to take into consideration that the most dangerous leaders of ISIS in our region are Scandinavian.

Question 16: This is information?

President Assad: Yes, it’s information. That’s what we have as information. So, you cannot separate this group of countries or Sweden from Europe. As long as you have terrorism growing in different European countries, Sweden cannot be safe. As long as the backyard of Europe, especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa is in chaos and full of terrorists, Europe cannot be safe. So, yes I agree that it is a primary or prime threat, but you cannot call it domestic, but it’s a threat.

Question 17: Has Sweden asked you to share information about these ISIS fighters or other jihadists?

President Assad: No, there’s no contact between our intelligence agencies.

Question 18: Mr. President, in December 2010, Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish terrorist who was trained in Iraq and Syria, carried out a suicide attack in Stockholm. Recently, the same scenario in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, and even Copenhagen. Do you think Western countries will face the same scenario in the future?

President Assad: Actually, everything that happened in Europe, and I mean terrorist attacks, we warned from at the very beginning of the crisis, and I said Syria is a fault line, when you mess with this fault line you will have the echoes and repercussions in different areas, not only in our area, even in Europe. At that time, they said the Syrian president is threatening. Actually, I wasn’t threatening; I was describing what’s going to happen. It doesn’t take a genius because that’s the context of events that happened many times in our region, and we have experience with those kinds of terrorists for more than 50 years now. They didn’t listen, so what happened was warned of before, and what we saw in France, in Charlie Hebdo, the suicide attempts in Copenhagen, in London, in Spain, ten years ago, this is only the tip of the iceberg; terrorism is a huge mountain. It’s not isolated events. When you have those isolated events, you have to know that you have a big mountain under the sea that you don’t see. So, yes, I expect, as long as you have this mountain, and as long as many European officials are still adulating countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar just for their money and selling their values and allowing the Wahhabi dark ideology to infiltrate and be instilled in some communities in Europe, we have to expect more attacks in that regard.

Question 19: What is the most effective way to deal with terrorism?

President Assad: First of all, terrorism is not a war. First of all, it’s a state of mind, it’s a culture, so you have to deal with this culture. You have to deal with it in an ideological way, and that implicates the education and the culture. Second, those terrorists exploit the poor people. You have to deal with poverty, so economic growth is very important, development. Third, you have to deal with the political issue that’s being used by these terrorists in order to indoctrinate those youths or children in solving the political problems in our region, for example the peace issue was one of the primary reasons for those terrorists to recruit terrorists.

Question 20: Which peace? You mean the peace process?

President Assad: I mean between the Arabs and the Israelis. Solving this problem, because this is one of the reasons to having desperation, you have to deal with the desperation of those youths who wanted to go and die to go to heaven to have a better life. That’s how they think. So, you have to deal with these desperations. The last measure is exchanging information between the intelligence. War is only to defend yourself against terrorism. You cannot go and attack terrorism by war, you can only defend yourself if they use military means, so that’s how we can defend against terrorism.

Question 21: Mr. President, ISIS has asked its supporters from around the world to come to Syria and Iraq to populate their so-called caliphate. How do you see the future for ISIS?

President Assad: I don’t think that ISIS so far has any real incubator in our society. Let me talk about Syria first. I cannot talk on behalf of other societies in our region, because when you talk about ISIS it’s not a Syrian issue now; Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Libyan, in Egypt, in many areas they have it. But regarding Syria, they don’t have the incubator, so if you want to talk about the short term, ISIS doesn’t have a future, but in the midterm, in the long term, when they indoctrinate the hearts and minds of the people, especially the youths and children. This area will have only one future; al-Qaeda future, which is ISIS, al-Nusra, and Muslim Brotherhood, and this is going to be your backyard, I mean the European backyard.

Question 22: In the middle and long term, it’s very dangerous.

President Assad: Of course it is, because you can take procedures against many things, but ideology you cannot control.  When it is instilled, it’s very difficult to get rid of. So, when it’s instilled, this is the only future of the region.

Question 23: ISIS and al-Nusra, they get help, they receive support from outside, you said Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and like that, but so does your side too. You have Hezbollah fighting for you. Do you need Hezbollah here in Syria?

President Assad: As a Swedish citizen, you don’t accept anyone to tell you or to draw comparison between Taimour Abdulwahab, for example, as a terrorist, and your government, no matter whether you agree with your government or oppose your government. The same for Charlie Hebdo, terrorists and the French government, you cannot make comparison. So, we don’t accept as Syrians to have comparison between the state and the terrorist organizations. Our mission is to help the country, to defend the citizens, while I don’t think this is the role of ISIS or al-Nusra or the Muslim Brotherhood. Their role, actually, is only to kill people and terrorize them. So, you cannot make a comparison. Second, as a government, we have the right to ask for support from any state or organization or any entity that will help us in our war against terrorism. Third, because when I said terrorism cannot be a domestic issue, and this is wrong to look at it as a domestic issue, the good thing is to have cooperation with different powers in the region. For example, we had cooperation between the Syrians and the Iraqis even before the rise of ISIS recently during the summer of last year in Mosul. Before that we had good cooperation, intelligence and even military, for one reason; because the Iraqis were aware that the terrorism in Syria could spill over to Iraq, and that’s what happened in Mosul. The same is with the Lebanese. So, Hezbollah is aware that terrorism in Syria means terrorism in Lebanon. Chaos here means chaos there, so this kind of regional cooperation is very important for all of us.

Question 24: Mr. President, once again you are accused for having used chemical weapons in Syria. Two sets of tests carried out for The Times and medical charities reveal that your forces chlorine and cyanide, according to The Times and even Amnesty International, I think. What do you have to say about it?

President Assad: We always said this is propaganda against Syria from the very first day, to demonize the president to demonize the state, in order to bring the hearts and minds of the Syrian people toward their agenda. That didn’t work, and if you want to compare this propaganda to what is happening now in the West regarding Ukraine, it’s nearly the same; demonizing Putin and telling and forging, a lot of videos and things that only tell the public opinion in the West lies. This is reality. Western people should be aware about this. That doesn’t mean we don’t have mistakes, we don’t have something wrong or something bad going on, but at the end, this media propaganda doesn’t reflect the reality in our region. So, talking about the chemical weapons, they didn’t have a single evidence regarding this, and even the numbers that are being published by many European organizations as part of that propaganda were varied from 200 victims to 1,400 victims. It means it’s not objective, it’s not precise, and so far there’s no evidence that those people were killed because of this attack. The only evidence that we have when the committee came from the United Nations, it proved that the sarin gas was used in that area, but they couldn’t tell how and by whom, so they just keep accusing Syria of that. That’s not realistic, because if you want to use WMDs, you don’t kill a few hundreds; you kill tens of thousands of people, and that’s beside the capital, it will affect everyone. So, many stories regarding this issue are not correct. Second, we are the party who asked the United Nations to send a delegation to verify this allegation.

Question 25: You still do that?

President Assad: We did, Syria did. Syria asked the United Nations, not any other country. When there was proof that terrorists used it in the north of Syria, they didn’t try to verify it. They didn’t mention it. So it’s part of the political agenda against Syria.

Question 26: As you know there are many serious allegations against your government, about human rights abuses committed by your side. How much do you know about torture in your prisons here?

President Assad: When you talk about torture we have to differentiate between policy of torture and individual incidents that happen by any individual. When you talk about a policy of torture, the closest example is what happened in Guantanamo. In Guantanamo, there was a policy of torture by the American administration that was endorsed by president Bush and by his minister of defense and the rest of the administration. With Syria we never had under any circumstances such a policy. If you have any breach of law, torture, revenge, whatever, it could be an individual incident that the one who committed should be held accountable for. So, that’s what could happen anywhere in the world, like any other crime.

Question 27: Can Amnesty International or Red Cross visit your prisons here?

President Assad: We had many reporters and many organizations that came to Syria, but if you want to mention a certain name to come and visit, that depends on the kind of cooperation a certain organization and our government and that depends on the credibility of the organization. But in principle, many organizations and entities can visit our prisons.

Question 28: Mr. President, I have covered the war in Syria for the last four years. I met different groups and activists who were involved in the conflict. I even met soldiers from your army here. Some of those activists are actually not Islamists. I have been told that they fight for freedom. What would you like to say to them?

President Assad: We never said every fighter is an Islamist. We know that. But they are prevailing now, the terrorists, ISIS and al-Nusra, but if you want to talk about freedom, freedom is a natural instinct in every human since our ancestor Adam, and this is a divine thing for anyone to ask for, so it’s going to be illogical and unrealistic and against the nature of the Earth and the people to be against freedom. But we have to ask a few simple questions. Is killing people part of that freedom? Is destroying schools and banning children from going to schools part of that freedom? Destroying the infrastructure, electricity, communications, sanitation system, beheading, dismemberment of victims. Is that freedom? I think the answer to that question is very clear to everyone regardless of their culture. So, we support anyone who works to get more freedom, but in an institutional way, under the constitution of that country, not by violence and terrorism and destroying the country. There’s no relation between that and freedom.

Question 29: They blame even the Syrian army for the same things, as in killing and like that.

President Assad: They have to prove. I mean, the army has been fighting for four years. How can you withstand a war against so many countries, great countries and rich countries, while you kill your people? How could you have the support of your people? That’s impossible. That’s against reality, I mean, that’s unpalatable.

Question 30: If you could turn back the time to 2011 and the start of the crisis, what would you, with the benefit of hindsight, have done differently?

President Assad: We have to go to the basics first. I mean, the two things that we adopted in the very beginning: fight the terrorists, and at the same make dialogue, and we started dialogue during the first year, a few months after the beginning of the conflicts in Syria. We invited everyone to the table to make dialogue, and we cooperated with every initiative that came from the United Nations, from the Arab League, and from any other country, regardless of the credibility of that initiative, just in order not to leave any stone unturned and not to give anyone the excuse that they didn’t do this or didn’t do that. So, we tried everything. So, I don’t think anyone could say that we should have gone in a different way, whether regarding the dialogue or fighting terrorism. These are the main pillars of our policy since the beginning of the problem. Now, any policy needs execution and implementation. In implementation, you always have mistakes and that’s natural. So, to talk about doing things differently, it could be about the details sometimes, but I don’t think now the Syrians would say we don’t want to make dialogue or we don’t want to fight terrorism.

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Syrian Rebels Caught in ‘False-Flag’ Kidnapping

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Image: Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent.

In December 2012, Syria’s U.S.-backed “moderate” rebels pulled off a false-flag kidnapping and “rescue” of NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his crew, getting the crime blamed on a militia tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a propaganda scam that NBC played along with despite having evidence of the truth.

On Wednesday, Engel, who had blamed an Assad-linked Shiite militia in reports both for NBC and Vanity Fair, acknowledged that a new examination of the case persuaded him that “the group that kidnapped us was Sunni, not Shia.” He added that the kidnappers “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.”

According to an account published by the New York Times on Thursday – in its “Business Day” section – NBC executives had evidence from the beginning that the actual kidnappers were part of “a Sunni criminal element affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the loose alliance of rebels opposed to Mr. Assad.”

The Free Syrian Army has been the principal rebel force supported by the U.S. government which, in April 2013, several months after Engel’s high-profile ordeal, earmarked $123 million in aid to the group to carry out its war against Assad’s government.

The other significance of the Syrian rebels’ successful false-flag kidnapping/rescue of Engel is that it may have encouraged them to sponsor other events that would be blamed on the Syrian government and excite the U.S. government and media to intervene militarily against Assad.

On Aug. 21, 2013, a mysterious Sarin gas attack outside Damascus killed several hundred people, causing U.S. officials, journalists and human rights activists to immediately leap to the conclusion that Assad was responsible and that he had crossed President Barack Obama’s “red line” against the use of chemical weapons and thus deserved U.S. military retaliation.

Within days, this political-media hysteria brought the United States to the verge of a sustained bombing campaign against the Syrian military before contrary evidence began emerging suggesting that extremist elements of the Syrian rebel force may have deployed the Sarin as a false-flag event. Obama pulled back at the last moment, infuriating America’s influential neoconservatives who had long put “regime change” in Syria near the top of their to-do list.

In retrospect, the aborted U.S. bombing campaign, if carried out, might well have so devastated the Syrian military that the gates of Damascus would have fallen open to the two most powerful rebel armies, Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the hyper-brutal Islamic State, meaning that the black flag of Islamic terrorism might have been raised over one of the Mideast’s most important capitals.

Dangers of Bad Journalism

The revelations about Engel’s staged kidnapping/rescue also illuminate the dangers of biased mainstream U.S. journalism in which the big news organizations take sides in a conflict overseas and shed even the pretense of professional objectivity.

In the case of Syria, the major U.S. media put on blinders for many months to pretend that Assad was opposed by “moderate” rebels until it became impossible to deny that the dominant rebel forces were Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the Islamic State. In late September 2013, many of the U.S.-backed, supposedly “moderate” rebels realigned themselves with Al-Qaeda’s affiliate.

In the case of Ukraine, U.S. journalists have put on their blinders again so as not to notice that the U.S.-backed coup regime in Kiev has relied on neo-Nazis and other right-wing extremists to wage an “anti-terrorist operation” against ethnic Russians in the east who have resisted the overthrow of their elected President Viktor Yanukovych. When it comes to Ukraine, the more than 5,000 deaths – mostly ethnic Russians in the east – are all blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin. [See’s Seeing No Neo-Nazi Militias in Ukraine.”]

These biased storylines – with the “U.S. side” wearing white hats and the other side wearing black hats – are not only bad journalism but invite atrocities because the “U.S. side” knows that the U.S. mainstream media will reflexively blame any horrors on the black-hatted “bad guys.”

In the case of Engel’s staged kidnapping/rescue, the New York Times belatedly reexamined the case not in the context of a disinformation campaign designed to excite war against Syria’s Assad but as a follow-up to disclosures that NBC’s longtime anchor Brian Williams had exaggerated the danger he was in while covering the Iraq War in 2003 – explaining the story’s placement in the business section where such media articles often go.

The most serious journalistic offense by NBC in this case appeared to be that it was aware of the behind-the-scenes reality – that individuals associated with the U.S.-backed rebels were likely responsible – but still let Engel go on the air to point the finger of blame in Assad’s direction.

The Times reported that the kidnapping

“group, known as the North Idlib Falcons Brigade, was led by two men, Azzo Qassab and Shukri Ajouj, who had a history of smuggling and other crimes. … NBC executives were informed of Mr. Ajouj and Mr. Qassab’s possible involvement during and after Mr. Engels’s captivity, according to current and former NBC employees and others who helped search for Mr. Engel, including political activists and security professionals.

“Still, the network moved quickly to put Mr. Engel on the air with an account blaming Shiite captors and did not present the other possible version of events. … NBC’s own assessment during the kidnapping had focused on Mr. Qassab and Mr. Ajouj, according to a half-dozen people involved in the recovery effort.

“NBC had received GPS data from the team’s emergency beacon that showed it had been held early in the abduction at a chicken farm widely known by local residents and other rebels to be controlled by the Sunni criminal group.

“NBC had sent an Arab envoy into Syria to drive past the farm, according to three people involved in the efforts to locate Mr. Engel, and engaged in outreach to local commanders for help in obtaining the team’s release. These three people declined to be identified, citing safety considerations.

“Ali Bakran, a rebel commander who assisted in the search, said in an interview that when he confronted Mr. Qassab and Mr. Ajouj with the GPS map, ‘Azzo and Shukri both acknowledged having the NBC reporters.’ Several rebels and others with detailed knowledge of the episode said that the safe release of NBC’s team was staged after consultation with rebel leaders when it became clear that holding them might imperil the rebel efforts to court Western support.

“Abu Hassan, a local medic who is close to the rebel movement, and who was involved in seeking the team’s release, said that when the kidnappers realized that all the other rebels in the area were working to get the captives out, they decided to create a ruse to free them and blame the kidnapping on the Assad regime. ‘It was there that the play was completed,’ he said, speaking of the section of road Mr. Engel and the team were freed on.

“Thaer al-Sheib, another local man connected with the rebel movement who sought the NBC team, said that on the day of the release ‘we heard some random shots for less than a minute coming from the direction of the farm.’ He said that Abu Ayman, the rebel commander credited with freeing the team, is related by marriage to Mr. Ajouj, and that he staged the rescue.”

The Sarin Mystery

While it’s impossible to determine whether the successful scam about Engel’s kidnapping/rescue influenced the thinking of other Syrian rebels to sponsor a false-flag attack using Sarin, some of the same propaganda factors applied – with the U.S. news media jumping to conclusions about Assad’s responsibility for the Sarin deaths and then ridiculing any doubters.

Yet, like the Engel kidnapping affair, there were immediate reasons to doubt the “group think” on the Sarin attack, especially since Assad had just invited United Nations inspectors to Syria to investigate what he claimed was an earlier use of chemical weapons by the rebels. As the inspectors were unpacking their bags in Damascus, the Sarin attack occurred in a Damascus suburb, a provocation that quickly forced the inspectors to address the new incident instead.

The inspectors were under extraordinary U.S. pressure to implicate Assad — especially after Secretary of State John Kerry described a massive Sarin attack using multiple rockets that he said could only have come from a Syrian military base. But the inspectors only found one crudely made Sarin-laden rocket – and when rocket experts examined it, they estimated that it could only travel a couple of kilometers, meaning it was likely fired from rebel-controlled territory. [See’s “The Collapsing Syria-Sarin Case.”]

Even as the evidence implicating the Syrian government evaporated, the mainstream U.S. news media and many wannabe important bloggers continued to defend the earlier “group think” on the Sarin attack and reject the possibility that the sainted rebels had done it. But the false-flag Engel kidnapping/rescue shows that such propaganda stunts were in the rebels’ bag of tricks.


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Bay of Pigs: Unforgettable Battle

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by Roberto Jesus Hernandez 

It is said that walking through the Zapata Swamp is like doing so in several countries at the time due to the variety of its nature and scene of the Bay of Pigs invasion still in the memory of the heroic Cuban forces and the mercenaries that were defeated 54 years ago.

A traveler that visits today the largest wetland in the Caribbean, full of roads, modern tourism centers and private installations cannot imagine the drama of the combats that led to the first great defeat of imperialism in Latin America.

Julio A. Amorin Ponce, historian of the municipality of Matanzas province and located over 180 kilometers southeast of Havana said that not even books can collect all that happened during the invasion.

The researcher added that today people remember the Young militia that defeated the enemy in less than 72 hours, civilians destroyed by bullets and the joy of those that defended the island’s sovereignty on April 19th, 1961.

Five decades after the invasion a large part of the official archives on the event is still kept secret whose prelude was Operation Pluto, organized, financed and executed by the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.

Barely four months after the US broke off diplomatic ties with Cuba, a paramilitary force landed on the island with over 1500 well equipped mercenaries. This is documented and explained in a local museum dedicated to the invasion for all visitors.

Mercenaries paid by the US government did not hesitate in violating international conventions when they used the Cuban air force symbols on their aircrafts and used Napalm against local combatants despite the prohibition of its use, recalls Amorin.

Photographs of the time immortalize the courage of the Cuban people guided by its historical leader Fidel Castro and whose invaders planned on creating a provisional government to subvert the internal order.

The truth is that the forgotten corner on the island, where people lived in inhuman conditions working producing and selling coal for a miserable salary saw their children die due to hunger and diseases is currently more prosperous than ever before in history.

The Revolution that triumphed in 1959 preserved the exuberant beauty of the land and changed forever the destiny of the locals with a dignified life that knows how to defend the country in times like those in the history of the Bay of Pigs.


Abel González Alayón
Chief-Editor Language Department
Cuban News Agency

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