May 15, 2013
Meanwhile in Raqqa Syria
Thanks to Brown Moses.
Is it just me or does that remind you of the heydays of al-Qaeda in Iraq in Dialah Province?
May 14, 2013
Obligatory Syrian Heart Eating Terrorist Video Post
We swear to god that we will eat your hearts and livers you soldiers or Bashar the dog.. We are the heroes of Baba Amr
The video was released by Syrian Truth, which is a group who is supportive of the regime. To be honest the man speaking in the video's accent sounds close to other videos I've seen featuring regime forces.
Another hint might be that Iran's Press TV is running with it.
Are there rebels who might do this? Yes. Are there regime elements that might do this? Yes. Are there regime or rebel elements that would fake this and blame it on the other side? Yes.
Its why they accuse us of false flag stuff all the time, they'd do it in a heartbeat. So when we run these, we kind of like to note which savages are running the videos of the other savages. Just for um, clarity I guess?
If you think to yourself, "Well that's pretty f*cked up right there", I'm with you on that.
Update: Time was actually able to interview the man doing the cutting and eating, turns out he was eating a lung, not a heart. So that's kind of a fail there? I mean I've never heard of any special powers you can get from lungs?
It also turns out that the man is from the West in Syria near the Lebanese border which might explain his accent.
News sites around the world have shown Khalid al Hamad sink his teeth into what appears to be the lung of a dead Syrian government soldier. His fellow rebels have called for him to be arrested or killed for the act. Human rights groups have condemned him. But Al Hamad has no regrets.Well that explains that and also raises the issue of propaganda videos that are spread via cell phone networks rather than internet. The FSA was quick to call for the punishment of al Hamad while the rest of the world was watching. And al Hamad tried to excuse his savagery by pointing out the videos of regime savagery he was watching on his cell phone.
In an interview conducted via Skype in the early hours of May 14 al Hamad explained to TIME what caused him to cut out the soldier’s organs: “We opened his cell phone and I found a clip of a woman and her two daughters fully naked and he was humiliating them, and sticking a stick here and there.”
The video, a 27-second clip in which al Hamad brandishes organs that appear to be the lungs and hearts of the Syrian soldier who lies dead at al Hamad’s feet, was first seen by two TIME reporters in April. A few weeks later TIME obtained a copy. Though we had been told by witnesses to the filming that the video was legitimate, we set about authenticating its content, aware of the potential that it could have been faked for propaganda purposes. Al Hamad has now confirmed that the video is real, and that he did indeed take a bite of the soldier’s lung. (At the time of the filming, al Hamad believed that he was biting into the liver. A surgeon who has seen the video confirms that the organ in question was a lung, which somewhat resembles the liver). On May 12, a copy of the video appeared on a pro-regime website, sparking a flood of Facebook “shares” and YouTube views.
Al Hamad, who is Sunni and harbors a sectarian hatred for Alawite Muslims, said he has another gruesome video of his killing a government soldier from the Alawite faith. (Syrian President Bashar al Assad is Alawite; the conflict in Syria is increasingly sectarian.) “Hopefully we will slaughter all of them [Alawites]. I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip I am sawing another Shabiha [pro-government militiaman] with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him in small pieces and large ones.”
So after all that, we're right back where we started with two groups of savages killing each other and arguing about who has the best snuff video porn collection on their smart phone.
May 09, 2013
Little Johnny Syria Sings
Of particular interest to American's might be around 30 seconds where he praises Osama bin-Laden for turning the World Trade Center into a pile of dirt.
Or maybe later when he uses the word Irhabi, saying our terrorism is blessed by Allah.
Hat Tip: Conservative Report.
May 06, 2013
Parade Of Hizballah Muji Killed In Syria
Well, not a parade because they can't walk..
Strange Twists of Fate! Sarin Gas Actually Used By Syrian Rebels
A U.N. official says there are strong suspicions that Syrian rebel forces have used the deadly nerve agent sarin gas in the country's civil war.Um yeah.
Carla Del Ponte told an Italian-Swiss TV station that the findings come after interviews with doctors and Syrian victims now in neighboring countries.
Del Ponte, the commissioner of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria, said the notion isn't surprising, given the infiltration of foreign fighters into the Syrian opposition.
But rebel Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Almokdad said rebels don't even have unconventional weapons, nor do they want any.
Need I go on?
May 05, 2013
Israel Rocks Syria
Lots of "allahuakbars," lots of big booms, and lots of explosions! In others words - everything is normal. (SNAFU!)
Tomorrow, Syrian rebels will claim it was a school and parade the bodies of dead children for the media.
Below the fold, for your comedic entertainment, an #OWS truther claims Israel is using nukes.
This is the "nuke" video:
Enjoy! Go Israel!!
May 03, 2013
Huge Bombing in Damascus
A bomb tore through a traffic-clogged district of downtown Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores, according to Syrian state television.Here is video from the scene.
It was the second attack to strike at the heart of President Bashar al-Assad’s power base in as many days, underscoring his vulnerabilities as he battles a disparate but increasingly well-supplied rebel movement. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki narrowly escaped a car bombing that targeted his convoy Monday morning. At least nine people were reported killed in that blast. Opposition activists said the dead included at least two of Halki’s bodyguards and a driver in the convoy.
May 01, 2013
Meanwhile in Syria
A video of a massacre reminiscent of the Iraqi snuff films by Ansar al-Sunnah and AQI in which Iraqi solders were often lined up and shot in the head.
And Barack Obama promises us that he'll make sure that any sophisticated weapons like say anti aircraft missiles don't fall into the hands of hard line Islamists.
April 29, 2013
Fear and Loathing in Syria
Hope? No, there is no hope.
April 12, 2013
Obama Supported Syrian Rebels Fire On Civilian Vehicles And Buses
Obama wants to give these rebels more arms.
April 09, 2013
Shocking News! AQI Claims Syrian Jihadi Front al-Nusra
An an official statement issued yesterday, the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) officially claimed Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) as its own product and subsidiary. The audio message from ISI’s emir, Abu Bakr al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi, confirmed once and for all JN’s status as an al-Qaeda offshoot established by ISI—a link JN leaders have long played down or denied. It also significantly revised jihadi nomenclature for the region. The names of “the Islamic State of Iraq” and “Jabhat al-Nusra,” decreed al-Baghdadi, are hereby void; the two groups are now combined under the joint name of “the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria” (al-dawla al-islamiyya fi al-‘iraq wa-l-sham; ISIGS). Thus will the “banner” of jihad achieve further unity.This isn't the Qaida al-Jihad we're looking for. You can go about your business. Move along. Move along.
April 03, 2013
Bad: 8 Year Old Fights in Syria
Worse: 8 Year Old Has Assault Rifle in Syria
OMFG! 8 Year Old Smokes Cigarettes in Syria
This video has just a little of everything to offend.
Child soldier? Check.
Child with an "assault rifle"? Check.
Child smoking a cigarette? Check.
In fact, it's almost too good to fact check. What more evidence do we need that the Syrian opposition are full of monsters?
Sure, they get their kids to help them murder the people they capture by cutting off their heads. Eh, it's been done.
But this? This is something that's really offensive.
If you really want kids like this saved, why not forego the Marines altogether and call in the big guns: The New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services.
I kid, I kid.
This is just a little bit too on the nose, don't you think? I'm tempted to call BS if for no other reason that the fact that the Assad regime has been known to hire European PR companies in order to sell a favorable image to the West. And what could be better to win over liberal nanny-staters than this?
Thanks to Halal Pork Shop.
April 01, 2013
Red on Red: Al Nusrah Front Leader Killed in Syria
Just a quick note as I have to finish eating this popcorn before it gets cold. The caveat here is that the source is Iranian:
Syrian army forces have killed Adnan al-Haj Ali better known as Abi Mohammd Joulani, leader of al-Nusra Front in Syria, announced a Syrian opposition source affiliated with Ahfad bani Omaiya in Rif, Damascus....H/T: Rantburg.
Reports had it that al-Haj Ali and his Syrian deputy Mostafa Al-Badawi have been killed in an air attack by a Syrian MiG fighter jet.
Al-Badawi was one of al-Qaeda high ranking authorities, who commanded thousands of forces the Front employed in Syria. He was from Homs and cooperated with active terrorist groups in Persian Gulf littoral Arab countries to bring Arab gunmen into Syria.
March 28, 2013
American Charged w/ Aiding al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate
I'll be honest, this comes as a bit of a shock. I had thought that the reports that a former soldier, Eric Harroun, working with al Qaeda elements in Syria were overblown. For instance, a Fox News report tried to sensationalize a statement he made that he had worked "alongside" the al Qaeda linked al Nusrah front. When in fact, the relationship (he claimed) was one where they gave him a ride once and he and the Free Syrian Army had been in one place and al-Nusrah units had been in close proximity.
Which is technically "alongside". But saying "Phoenix man took ride from terrorists after his truck broke down" doesn't seem as sexy as "fought alongside".
But it appears that there really was more to the story:
Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, was arrested and charged with conspiring to use a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) while fighting with the al Nusrah Front, an organization commonly referred to as “al Qaeda in Iraq” and designated as a foreign terrorist organization since October 2004.So, when Haroun claimed on his Facebook page that he "shot down a Syrian helicopter", the assumption on my part was ... how do I say this? .... That he was full of sh*t.
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement.
Harroun, a U.S. citizen who served with the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2003, was charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to use a destructive device outside of the United States, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted. Harroun made his initial appearance today in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan.
The al Nusrah Front is one of several aliases used by the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist organization, and since November 2011, the group has claimed responsibility for nearly 600 terrorist attacks in Syria.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Harroun allegedly crossed into Syria in January 2013 and fought with members of the al Nusrah Front against the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria. The affidavit alleges that Harroun was trained to use an RPG by members of the terrorist organization and that he fired an RPG and posted online multiple photographs of himself carrying or posing with RPGs and other military weapons. Harroun allegedly participated in attacks led by the al Nusrah Front and was part of an RPG team, for which he carried anti-personnel and anti-armor rockets.
But now? Maybe the relationship was deeper. At the very least it sounds as if he really did do some fighting "alongside" al Nusrah. And by alongside here, I mean it in the straightforward, literal use of the term: he fought with them.
But this brings up an interesting and I think important question given that the US is actively training members of the Free Syrian Army to battle the Assad regime: Where does one cross the line between fighting against Assad, which we support, and doing so with the cooperation of the al-Nusra Front, which we consider a terrorist organization?
I hear news reports out of Syria all the time claiming that the FSA is always more than willing to work with the al-Nusra Front since the group has a reputation for fighting. So, is it legal for an American to go to Syria and fight with the FSA, which we support? And if so, then in the heat of battle if your FSA unit and a unit from the al-Nusra Front combine for a single objective then are you now in jeopardy of arrest upon your return home?
I'm not saying that is what happened in Haroun's case. What I'm suggesting is that there are probably a lot of Americans in Syria right now fighting. Those people could probably use some legal advice right about now.
What we see in Syria is a bit like what happened in Afghanistan in the 1980s. A messy situation where we have a competing and conflicting goals without unified actors in whom we can trust.
My own inclination is that the entire affair is none of our business. More power to the Syrians if they want to get rid of Assad. We'll pat you on the back later.
Except, of course, we all see what is coming if Assad does fall. Do we really expect to see a friendly government in Damascus if Assad falls? I doubt that very much.
But if people want to go to Syria and fight Assad for the coming chaos, I really have no problem with that. It's your life waste.
March 27, 2013
The Moderate Syrian Rebels?
A guest post at Jihadology about Farouq Brigades Jamat al-Nusra and other Islamic groups in Syria.
If you see how Farouq presents the story to English language media, it would seem it’s a plain black and white case of local, moderate fighters clashing with rabid, fanatical global jihadists, purely because Farouq wants a moderate Syria. All fine and dandy, but the truth, as always, is much more complex.Me against my brother, my brother and I against our cousin, etc etc.
You see, Farouq Brigades, “are a bunch of thieves,” as one of my sources described. Northern Farouq is notorious for its extensive smuggling businesses of diesel, cement, and even hashish. They carry out extortion on their checkpoints. They charge exorbitant taxes for goods passing through their checkpoints, and this greed is shared by their Homs-based colleagues, who, in the last week of December 2012, were busy taxing weapons to other rebels, instead of co-operating with them to fight the regime forces,
March 26, 2013
Syria: Cube Worshippers Using Scope With Cross Worshippers' Bible Verses For Unholy War
March 20, 2013
This Isn't the Red Line You're Looking For
As accusations fly over who may have unleashed chemical weapons in Syria, some are skeptical about whether a chemical assault happened at all.Reading on, the article talks about the effects of Mustard or Sarin and other nerve agents, but previous accusations have been of the use of Agent 15. Which would not have the effect of killing everyone who treated victims. So the question is did the victims have an uncontrollable urge to strip and go a rapin'?
The reports of chemical warfare ignited a firestorm of reactions around the world, with Russia slamming the rebels and some U.S. lawmakers saying Washington might need to take action against the Syrian government.
But some say images posted by Syrian state-run media of the aftermath of the Aleppo incident, which the government blamed on rebels, aren't consistent with a chemical weapon attack.
March 17, 2013
War P0rn: The Rock Sees All
March 11, 2013
Video of Syrian Jihadis Beheading Assad Fascists Pretty Suspicious
A few people have emailed me about a video that has been making the rounds on Liveleak claiming to show members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) murdering and beheading troops loyal to Assad's fascist regime.
Let me point out that I support neither the rebels who are composed largely of Sunni Islamofascists, many of whom are sympathetic to al Qaeda, nor of the fascist Baathists of the Assad regime -- a regime that in addition to being fascist also supports terror.
With that in mind, the video in question seems highly suspicious. Why?
1) The video was posted by pro-Assad forces, not by the jihadis themselves. When jihadis behead their opponents they are generally proud of the fact and circulate their own videos claiming responsibility. They do not need Assad's people to post the video for them. They do it themselves.
2) On close inspection the "jihadis" don't actually appear to be killing the captives. Except for the last victim, they appear to be dead already. I've seen more than my fair share of beheading videos, and trust me on this one, the victims don't just lie there making no sound. It's the sounds that will always haunt me and remind me just how cruel the murderers are. Either every one but the last guy is dead already, or they've been beaten so severely that they're unconscious.
3) Some of the "jihadis" seem to be speaking Russian, Chechen, or Turkish. Now, this could be an outfit of foreign fighters in the al Nusrah front. But, I wonder .....
4) Last, the "al Qaeda" flag is wrong. The "jihadis" use all the right words, shout "Allahu akbar!" when they're supposed to, but the flag ... it's ... wrong. The al Qaeda flag is white on a black field, not black on a white field.
Here's a (poor) screenshot of the flag being waved in the video.
Now here's the al Qaeda flag we'd expect.
I'm not exactly sure what the shenanigans are that are going on here, but the video just doesn't add up on a number of levels. I have a number of theories as to actually what's going on, but to be honest I'm not 100% sure. The comments section over at LiveLeak is full of partisans on one side or the other convinced that the other side is full of evil terrorists, while their own faction is full of defenders of civilization. So, that hasn't been much help.
One thing I'm sure of is that whoever made this video, they are SOBs that need to be killed.
The video is below. WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC!!
March 08, 2013
US, UK Seeks To Strengthen Syrian Opposition
A couple of days ago, Syrian Rebels captured 21 UN Peacekeepers. The UN has been reluctant to condemn the Syrian opposition and the media has been slow to report the capture:
Despite the Rebels taking hostages and, to date, refusing to release them, the United States, The United Kingdom, and France have continued support of the Syrian Rebels:
Western training of Syrian rebels is under way in Jordan in an effort to strengthen secular elements in the opposition as a bulwark against Islamic extremism, and to begin building security forces to maintain order in the event of Bashar al-Assad’s fall.
Jordanian security sources say the training effort is led by the US, but involves British and French instructors.
Keep in mind, the Syrian Rebels have vowed to impose sharia law once al-Assad is ousted. This is the "secular elements" the West is trying to strengthen? Syria was already one of the more secular Islamic countries in the Middle East. After Egypt, Libya, and other "Arab spring" nations failed in bring any new freedoms to the citizens, but in fact, resulted in more radical Islamic governments, you would think the West would learn.
So, why have the US and the UK actively participated in overthrowing the more secular Middle East governments only to pave way for radical elements? Why are they so eager to bring Islamists to power?
Former Iranian Official Launches 'Countdown To An Attack On Israel'..
Via the Free Beacon
An ally of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has launched a “countdown to an attack on Israel” following the Jewish state’s launching of an operation to destroy weapons in Syria last month.It would be a shame if Foghani met with a terrible accident or something.
Alireza Forghani, a Khamenei confidant and former governor of Iran’s Kish province, published an article arguing that Tehran and Syria should launch a tag-team attack aimed at the total “eradication [of] Israel from the planet.”
“There remains no excuse for not [waging] a total multipartite attack on Israeli soil, with hopes of completely eradicating Israel from the planet (Allah willing),” Forghani wrote, according to a new translation of his Jan. 29 essay by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Attacking and completely eradicating Israel from the planet is the only solution to this problem,” Forghani wrote. “If this problem isn’t resolved with this golden opportunity, it is not known when there may be another.”
March 07, 2013
Syrian Rebels Kidnap UN Peacekeepers Near Israel Border
Hostage Video:'We Cannot go Home Because Assad Gov't Wont Stop Bombing'..
Gee, lets help them some more, eh John Kerry?
[S]yria rebels near the village of Jamla on the Golan Heights captured a convoy of United Nations vehicles and kidnapped 21 Filipino UN employees Wednesday.Videos below the fold including two hostage videos posted today:
The kidnappers were negotiating with UN forces and demanding that the Syrian regime remove all its troops from the area adjoining the Syrian side of the border with Israel.
The UN Security Council demanded their immediate and unconditional release.
In Manila, Philippine military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said that Syrian rebels were holding 21 Filipino peacekeepers “as guests.”[...]
A video clip released by the rebels shows a number of gunmen standing alongside the UN vehicles, while their apparent leader announced his demands. Some of the United Nations employees can be seen inside the vehicles.
In a second video, the same rebel spokesman is seen accusing the UN, the Assad regime and Europe of “collaborating with Israel.”[...]
The Free Syrian army will remain here until we banish Bashar and his oppression,” one rebel is seen saying.
The video accuses the peacekeepers of assisting the Syrian regime to redeploy in an area near the Golan that the fighters seized a few days ago in battles that left 11 fighters and 19 regime forces dead.
A man identified as Abu Qaed al-Faleh, spokesman for the Martyrs of Yarmouk Brigades, announced the group is holding the peacekeepers until Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces withdraw from Jamla.[More]
These two videos maybe why the Philippine military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said that Syrian rebels were holding 21 Filipino peacekeepers “as guests.”.
Guests my arse.
February 28, 2013
Syria Demands UN Stop Israel from Seeking Oil In Israel
Syria has condemned Israel’s search for oil in the Golan as a “flagrant violation” of United Nations resolutions and has called on the UN to intervene, AFP reports[...]Never a dull moment when it comes to Islamists.
Israel had originally hoped to give the Golan back to Syria in exchange for peace, but its offer was rejected with the Khartoum Resolution of 1967, in which Arab leaders vowed not to recognize or make peace with Israel.
See what the Juice are doing!!
Secretary of State Kerry's First Act Interfere in Middle Eastern Conflict
ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance, including food rations and medical supplies, to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change President Bashar al-Assad's "calculations" and expedite his removal from office.The irony is Kerry and Obama have continually argued against these types of actions by the US in the past. The similarity to 1980's Afghanistan is pretty apparent.
Washington's top diplomat also announced at an international conference in Italy on Thursday that the U.S. will provide $60 million in assistance to Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian Opposition Coalition, to help it unify politically and better distribute humanitarian supplies and public services to areas of Syria that have been liberated from Mr. Assad's rule.
Arms are already flowing to Syria from Libya and other nations like Saudi Arabia so the non-lethal nature of the aid is less relevant. What is relevant is that this aid will most likely be co-opted by al-Nusra and other allies of al-Qaeda in their campaign to win Syrian hearts and minds by lending civilian aid. al-Nusra is already the most effective group at delivering civilian aid in occupied areas.
I have little faith that any promises made to cut al-Qaeda aligned groups out of this process can or will be kept.
We might as well just write a check to Ayman al-Zawahiri.
February 22, 2013
Popcorn Time! Syrian Rebels Attack Hezbollah
As a great American military hero, Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, once said, I love it when a plan comes together:
Syrian rebels have reportedly bombed two compounds operated by the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah, the main Syrian opposition group announced Thursday.Thanks to Vince "B.A." Aut Morire.
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) claims its forces bombed Hezbollah facilities in Lebanon and Syria, a cross-border raid that indicates the rebels’ desire to increase their attacks on allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
February 13, 2013
American, British Taliban Confirmed Dead
A dead American and Brit were recently eulogized by the Taliban in a propaganda video. This is the first time I've heard about these two. How many other traitors are over in Pakistan fighting?
The Taliban identified the two Western jihadists as "Inaam," who is from "America," and "Abbas," who is from "Britain." The full identities of Inaam and Abbas were not disclosed, nor have their deaths been reported in the press. The Taliban did not disclose the date or locations of their deaths, or how they were killed.The only good news here is that both of them got what they deserved.
Inaam and Abbas may have been killed in Pakistan, perhaps in a drone strike or while fighting the Pakistani security services.
In related news, a video is circulating showing an American fighting with al Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria.
Al Qaeda Winning Hearts and Minds in Syria
There is a great line from Gladiator which summed up Roman politics well: Whoever controls the mob, controls Rome. And the way you controlled the mob was to give them bread and entertainment.
Which, parenthetically, seems very much related to Obama's SOTU address last night. But I digress.
I'm not sure how al Qaeda is doing with the entertainment -- public beheading might eventually fill that role -- but it seems they've go the bread part down pat:
y distributing fresh vegetables, bread, cooking oil, water and blankets to Syrians in rebel-held areas, the Al Nusra fighters - considered one of the most effective rebel groups but blacklisted as terrorists by the US - have exploited an opportunity to boost their popularity for when the regime of Bashar Al Assad falls.The irony here is that the US is the #1 supplier of humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees. Yet most Syrians don't know this because we no longer mark the aid as from the US, the thinking being something along the lines that if they knew it was from the US they'd be pissed. For some reason.
"It's a way for them to win hearts and minds even if people don't agree with their ideology," said Aaron Y Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, referring to the group's end goal of creating a strict Islamist state.
So, we're damned if we do and we're damned if we don't.
February 12, 2013
Syrian Boy Wields Dagger, Sings Al-Qaeda Songs & Vows to Slaughter Shiites
Child abuse, the Islamists way:
February 09, 2013
It Finally Happened...
Obama did something with which I absolutely agree:
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said in his Senate testimony Thursday that he and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey supported arming Syria's rebels, but President Obama rejected the idea.
Official #Iran Broadcasting Channel Claims Syrian Air Raids On Israel
[Internet Haganah]Seriously.The Mad Mullah's have totally gone off the deep end or fell into the well or something.
And why would they lie?
So far this farce is only known to be on the IRIB Italian radio website, but it may be elsewhere as well[...]
My [Aaron's...ed] copy of the video:
February 01, 2013
Comedy Gold: Syrian Insurgent Blows Himself Up
When red-on-red violence goes horribly right. Now is the time you consume that popcorn I've been advising you to keep on the ready.
Warning: kinda graphic.
UPDATE: I changed the video to YouTube from Liveleak. I don't know what the deal is with LiveLeak, but their embed thingy kinda sucks.
Thanks to DMartyr.
January 31, 2013
Syria Responds to Israel Airstrike w/ ..... Hacking Minor Jewish Website
In the epic struggle of Syria vs. Fail: Fail - 1, Syria - 0.
Hacking a few websites -- important stuff like, a homes for rent website and a soccer fanzine -- after being bombed. I'm sure that will cause the Israelis to think twice next time!
Thanks to Haim
January 30, 2013
Report: Israeli Jets Strike Convoy Along Syrian Border
Syria denies strike on convoy and said IAF struck a "research facility"
(CNN) -- Israeli fighter jets struck overnight a suspected Syrian convoy along the Lebanese-Syrian border believed to be moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.Hezbollah has been wanting to add extra weapons to their arsenal.
Fighter jets struck the vehicles because they were carrying SA-17 missile parts, a Russian-made medium-range delivery system, and equipment that could have been employed in an attack against Israel, another source told CNN.
But Damascus said the strike had instead targeted a research facility near the Syrian capital.
"Israeli warplanes penetrated our airspace at dawn today and directly bombed one of the scientific research centers responsible for raising the level of resistance and self-defense in the area of Jimraya in the Damascus countryside," the military said in a statement aired on state-run television. "This comes after multiple failed attempts over months by terrorist groups to enter and seize the mentioned site."[More...]
As @ChallahHuAkbar notes on "Syrian Research Facilities": "activities focus substantively on the development of biological and chemical weapons". Quoted via treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages
Update and related: Analysis: Syria CERS center has long been on Israel’s radar
Good News: Al Qaeda Effectively Rules in Syrian Towns
For those of you interested in what's going on in Syria, this is a must read from al-Reuters. Yes, that al-Reuters. Sometimes having terrorists in your employ pays dividends:
In a small town in Syria's east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops.Syria: just like Iraq, only no Americans around to blame.
Members of the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda's Syria affiliate, have also prevented women from wearing trousers, preferring that they adopt the shapeless head-to-toe black veil.
The town of 54,000 on the Euphrates river offers a snapshot of what life could be like if Islamist rebels take control of significant areas of Syria as President Bashar al-Assad loses further ground....
Insurgents with long Sunni-Muslim-style beards patrol the streets enforcing a strict interpretation of Islam. Alcohol is removed from shops. Daily religious teaching is provided for Mayadin's children, who get free loaves of bread if they attend.
One young boy who attends these classes told Reuters that pupils are taught about praying, the role of women, the place of polygamy in marriage and jihad against "Assad's Alawite regime."
January 28, 2013
Rooting for No One: Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Syria Attack
If it weren't for all the innocents who get caught in the crossfire, I really would wish that the war in Syria would never end. On the one side you have the Nazi Baathists who are the main conduit through which Iran funds the terrorists in Hezbollah. On the other side? Al Qaeda:
Jabhat al-Nusra, which the U.S. says has ties to al-Qaeda and has declared a terrorist organization, said in a statement posted online that one of its suicide bombers detonated a car bomb last Monday at the headquarters of a pro-government militia in the central province of Hama. It said the bomber drove a truck packed with explosives to the militia's complex in the town of Salamiya and blew himself up "to give the tyrannical regime a taste" of violence it has been inflicting on the Syrian people.So, there you have it. Syria is fast becoming the new Lebanon of the Middle East.
Activists said at least 42 people, mostly pro-Assad militiamen, were killed in the blast.
January 24, 2013
War P0rn: FSA Rebels Try To Ambush Castle Ruins
All I could think is, "Where is an Apache when you really need one?"
(WARNING: Some graphic content!)
January 17, 2013
American In Syria: Syrian Rebels Edition
No matter what!!!!
This Syrian rebel is a bit more nasty like:
January 02, 2013
Good News: 60k Dead in Syria
The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll "truly shocking."The only question is will this civil war be costly enough that people in the Middle East will decide that settling their differences with blood is not worth it.
After I don't really know anyone here that thinks cost in blood of the American Civil is anything less than a tragedy. Sure issues were settled o the battlefield, but at an almost unimaginable cost.
So will the New Syria be worth the cost of the Jihad? I doubt it very much.