Skip to comments.Network of Evil. Mapping the Islamic Brigades from Benghazi to Syria.
Posted on 11/03/2012 10:30:33 AM PDT by Katechon
We know Ambassador Chris Stevens and the CIA were somehow, some way running or heavily involved in an pipeline of money, weapons and information being routed from Libya to Syria through the Muslim Brotherhood and some Saudis. We know Turkey is the nexus, and Libya is the doorway to the Caliphate to get arms in for distribution to Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and eventually Saudi Arabia.
Now, what I suggest here -- for us Freepers to do -- is to begin MAPPING this network of evil, this network of jihadist brigades fighting for the Caliphate.
According to Asher Berman, -- who is running a blog "focused on ground-level information about the Syrian rebels," -- the civilian opposition to Assad had to maintain anonymity and stay underground, even as its members were organizing Local Coordination Committees and provincial Revolutionary Committees, in order to coordinate the importation of commodities such as food and fuel, to establish and help in the running of schools and hospitals, to publicize atrocities committed by the Assad regime, to organize local elections, and finally, to begin reestablishing some form of governance in the "liberated" regions. But now -- as the Assad regime "contracts," -- the civilian opposition leadership is beginning to
emerge from the underground. The Idlib Revolutionary Council, for instance, recently held elections, brought a new leadership, publicized the names of the election winners, and even posted their pictures on Facebook.
The Syrian "rebels," (which are the armed jihadists working with the "civil" opposition to replace the regime of Bachar el Assad by an islamic Republic), are also emerging from the shadows. They are in fact ACTIVELY using social media to self-promote, to raise money, and even to direct attacks and exchange tactics. Asher Berman tells us that the so-called rebels use the social media to boost their influence, their financing and their combat capabilities -- with Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Oh, and doing so, they are developping international networks of communications and fundraisings...
I'm going to track them. Put names and faces on those islamic networks. Since we know there is an armament pipeline
Two Kuwaitis founded a commission called the Haia al-Shaabiya l-Daam al-Shaab al-Suri (The Popular Commission to Support the Syrian People), to raise money for Syrian militants.
Kuwaiti sheikhs Hajaj al-Ajmi (left) and Irshid al-Hajri (right) are raising funds for Syrian jihadists. They helped finance Mahdi al-Harati (middle), the leader of Liwa al-Ummah
The Commission, says Asher Berman in a paper published by the Foreign Policy Reasearch Institute, is connected to the Free Syrian Army and to the Free Men of Greater Syria (Ahrar al-Sham).
Logo of the "Popular Commission to Support the Syrian People," as featured on its Twitter account
Free syrian army coat of arms
Free Men of Greater Syria (Ahrar al-Sham)
Hajaj al-Ajmi uses Twitter to target potential donors in Saudi Arabia, where the Saudi regime has shut down private networks actively raising funds money for the Syrian rebels. This crackdown by the Saudi regime of private involvement with the Syrian rebels has left a large pool of potential donors, suggests Asher Berman. Al-Ajmi's Commission is thus actively tapping into this very pool of money -- in order to send, privately, funds to Syrian rebel groups. In addition to Saudi moneymen, the Commission is also reaching Kuwaitis. This Youtube video, for instance, features prominent Kuwaitis appealing for donations.
Al-Ajmi's Twitter account has 134 676 followers.
Rebel groups receiving money from Al-Ajmis Commission often confirm to donors proper reception. The jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham (Free Men of Greater Syria) tweeted a *thank you* to both sheikhs. (Yes, the Ahrar al-Sham brigade is on Twitter, and yes, it has a website and a YouTube channel.) In this YouTube video, Ibrahim Ayoub, the leader of the Hamza Brigade, also thanked al-Ajmi's Commission for sending $10,000.
SHAM FALCONS The brigade Suqour al-Sham (Falcons of the Levant) uses social media quite intensively.
Logo of the Falcons
(Ahmad Abu Issa also recently co-founded the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, a brigade mainly composed of Salafi rebel groups. It's basically al-Qaeda.)
The Falcons Brigade was founded by Ahmad Abu Issa, a Salafi preacher.
Logo of the Islamic Front
TAWHID BRIGADE Ahmad Abu Issa's chief rival is Jamal Maaruf, (also known by his pseudonym Abu Khalid), the leader of the Martyrs Brigade (Shuhada) and of the Tawhid Brigade.
Jamal Maaruf's group reportedly fields around 45,000 fighters. Jamal Maaruf, who "was a jihadist in Iraq and in the Lebanese based group of Fatah al Islam," according to Wikipedia, "established himself as one of the top leaders," writes Asher Berman, "by appearing in a YouTube video standing next to the ruins of a MiG fighter jet during his groups September attack on the Abu Dhuhur airbase." Here is the video.
Logo of Tawhid Brigade, or Unification Brigade)
UMMAH BRIGADE (or Liwaa al-Ummah, or Banner of the Ummah) The Umma Brigade promoted on YouTube "their establishment of a civilian hospital in southern Idlib with medical supplies donated from Libya," writes Asher Berman.
Logo of Liwaa al-Ummah, which Asher Berman translates as the "Umma Brigade," but which is translated as "Banner of the Nation" on its Wikipedia page.
SHUHADA BRIGADE (Martyrs Brigade, I can't find it on Wikipedia!) Asher Berman relates an instance where tensions arose between two brigades that publicized a joint operation. On the August 14th, 2012, the Tawhid Brigade and the Shuhada Idlib Brigade car-bombed a checkpoint in Idlib. "The YouTube video of the attack," writes Asher Berman, "produced by the Tawhid Brigades media team, featured only Tawhids symbol. A post on Shuhada Idlibs Facebook page dated August 18th, accused the Tawhid Brigades media office of an 'injustice,' asserting that is was also their right to be proud of their accomplishments."
This Mapping is only the beginning. From what happened in Benghazi, we can now safely deduce that Ghadaffi was overthrown in order to use Libya as the doorway to the Caliphate -- as the doorway to get the arms in for distribution to islamic terrorists in Syria, but also in Yemen, Jordan and Egypt.
Have not read thru all of it....maybe the State Dept personnel including Pickering and Hillary might ought to scan.
WTH were we doing there?
Good job — thank you!
Katechon, really great work on this article. Bookmarked for later study.
Read Aaron Klein’s story in the WND. It’s all about Soros making money off of Obama’s high-sounding interventionist policies in the Middle East. Soros and Obama have played the world. They used US taxpayer money, personnel, equipment and facilities to set the Middle East on fire so they could profit off it. Brilliant. They played the liberals with some high-sounding phrases.
Maybe this helps to explain all that ammunition bought by the IRS, EPA, etc.
According to two Senior State Department Officials, Stevens escorted the Turkish Consul General out of the consulate front gate one hour before the assault began at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time. Was Ali Sait Akin there to discuss a weapons transfer?
The Turks have nukes... right?
The Time reported that rebel sources who dealt with Okab Sakr say he was in the Turkish city of Antakya, overseeing the distribution of "small consignments of 50,000 Kalashnikov bullets and several dozen rocket-propelled grenades" to the Free Syrian Army. Free Syrian Army sources told the Time that Okab Sakr was designating the representatives in Syria to whom the Istanbul Center would funnel "Kalashnikov rifles, BKC machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammunition" to the Free Syrian Army. Rania Abouzeid wrote for the Time that "a secretive group operates something like a COMMAND CENTER IN ISTANBUL, directing the distribution of military supplies provided by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and transported with the help of Turkish intelligence to the Syrian border and then to the rebels," (my emphasis). Still according to the Time, the Free Syrian Army is nominally headed by Riad al-Asaad, who is based in Turkey.
Okab Sakr, Saudi Arabia's man in Istanbul
Riad al-Asaad, COMMANDER of the FREE SYRIAN ARMY, from TURKEY HEADQUARTERS.Are Riad al-Asaad's HQs in Istanbul? I dunno yet. Now the Daily Telegraph tells us that a military official said that "Mustafa Abdul Jalil [the interim Libyan president, post Gaddafi] sent him [Belhadj] there [in Turkey]," in November 2011. The Daily Telegrah quotes U.S. military officials saying Abdelhakim Belhadjs contact with the Syrian Free Army was part of a Lybian delegation to Turkey offering arms and fighters to the Turkish-backed Syrian jihadists.
Very interesting stuff and it may even be true. There is no reason given in it as to, if we are arming the rebels, why an ambassador claimed to be part of this arming was killed?
That would appear, to me, to work against these arms transfers.
Again, this is why I tied it back to either Russian retaliation-by-surrogate for our messing with their proxy (a real motive... think of the whole morass in Southeast Asia) OR AQ putting the kibosh to the weapons going to the rival Muslim Brotherhood, believing they could abscond with them from the Libyans themselves and transport them via their own channels to either Syria or, for example, Yemen as a base for attack on the Saudis.
The problem with the latter is that these rebels reportedly instructed crowds thereabout to raise their voices in protest about the video BEFORE the attack began. It was MB in Egypt doing that. On the other hand, the AQ flag was planted on the annex after the attack.
As for 1) I do not see the Russians getting involved in anything like this especially now. They want this weak idiot re-elected not a strong leader with great support.
As for 2) al Queda and not in competition right now but co-operating to overthrow these governments.
This does not add up for me.