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  • U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Put Alawite Women in Cages to Protect Themselves from Airstrikes

    11/01/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 202 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 11/01/15 | Leith Fadel
    In order to deter the Syrian and Russian Air Forces inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, the U.S. backed moderate rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have placed kidnapped Alawite women in cages to protect themselves from airstrikes. The U.S. backed Syrian Opposition’s social media activists posted the photos of the six kidnapped Alawite women on Twitter, adding their extra commentary that included sectarian insults to degrade the helpless women and taunt the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad. This is not the first time that the U.S. backed...
  • As War Closes In, Syrias Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. It is...
  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

    06/30/2015 7:15:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the...
  • Expert: The Pharaohs Discovered Australia, Egyptians Have Legal Rights There

    03/23/2015 3:51:34 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 49 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-6-15 | TRT Arabic (Turkey)
    During a recent TV debate on the destruction of antiquities by ISIS, Syrian political analyst Yahya Badr said that the Egyptian people was entitled to claim legal rights in Australia, since inscriptions in ancient hieroglyphics had been found near Sydney, indicating that the grandson of a pharoah had landed there. On the show, which aired on the Turkish TRT TV channel on March 6, 2015, Badr was introduced as owning the patent to mummy technology. Following are excerpts: TV host: Let's discuss the destruction of antiquities. Yahya Badr: This is a crime, because antiquities constitute documentation, which preserves the [legal]...
  • Syria Rebels Threaten to Wipe Out Shiite, Alawite Towns

    05/22/2013 11:16:06 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 69 replies
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  • Muslims clash on London streets (video) ( Sunni vs Shia ? )

    05/12/2013 1:08:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 10 May 2013
    Anjem Choudary and his fellow protestors can be seen fighting with what was reported as other Muslim groups on London's Edgware Road. ... Protestors marched with hard-line Salafist placards and flags, many of which read, "Support Jund Al Sham". ... The protestors were marching in opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who they are known to deplore for his Alawite religion. Protestors also took up the cause against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, who they deem as "Shia Enemies of Allah" for their Shi'ite Muslim backgrounds. The protestors are thought to be hard-line Salafists, who have...
  • A quarter of a Million victims by Syrian Alawite Muslims

    10/14/2012 11:27:17 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    100,000 Lebanese Christians - during 27 years of occupation CHRISTIANS UNDER MUSLIM RULE The Syrian Occupation of Lebanon By Mordechai Nisan [...] Operating however transparently under the name and guise of the Arab Deterrent Force authorized by the Riyadh Summit in October 1976, Syrian troops acted to disarm some Lebanese militias at the same time that the national army of Lebanon disintegrated to the diminutive size of 3,000 troops. By 1977, the number of Syrian troops exceeded 30,000, with over 200 tanks. After fighting the Palestinian and other leftist forces, Druzes and Sunnis in particular, the Syrian army then...
  • Horror - Child left dead on Syrian sidewalk (40,000 dead)

    10/11/2012 10:14:43 PM PDT · by Milagros · 34 replies ^ | Oct 4, 2012
    Horror - Child left dead on Syrian sidewalk Catholic Online-Oct 4, 2012 The civil war which has wracked Syria has taken its toll on civilians with somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 casualties. Observers believe ...
  • Lebanon breaks w/ past in Syrian bomb probe (Syria / Hezbollah attempted to ignite civil war)

    08/17/2012 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 17, 2012 | Tom Perry
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A plot hatched by Damascus and allegedly aimed at igniting a Lebanese civil war through a series of bomb attacks has come as little surprise in a nation where blame for political violence has often been laid at Syria's door... Hezbollah has said little on the case. Marwan Hamadeh, an anti-Syrian politician targeted by assassins in 2004, said that was telling. "It is noticeable and indicates that Hezbollah has some wise people, some people who are reading the geostrategic map of the region," he said in a televised interview.
  • 11-year-old played dead to survive Syria massacre

    05/31/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother's blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.
  • Syrian opposition urges U.N. action over 'horrific massacres'

    12/21/2011 5:43:20 AM PST · by Milagros · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | December 21, 2011 | Joe Sterling
    STORY HIGHLIGHTS - The violence spiked after Syria agreed to an Arab League plan to calm the situation - The United Nations estimates that about 5,000 people have died in Syrian violence this year - The Syrian National Council wants U.N. and Arab League action - It says nearly 250 civilians died over a two-day period
  • Rights group reports first Syrian Muslim attacks on pro-regime Alawites

    08/02/2011 6:39:10 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 20 July 2011 | WT
    Syrian Muslims have begun targeting members of President Bashar Assad's Alawite minority. A leading human rights group has reported clashes between Alawites and Muslims in at least one Islamic stronghold in Syria. In mid-July, at least 30 people were killed in fighting between the two religious sects in the Sunni city of Homs. "They fell after civil fighting between pro- and anti-regime started on July 16," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The human rights group said the Alawites have been the leading supporters of the Assad regime amid the revolt in Syria, Middle East Newsline reported. Syrian Observatory...
  • Alawites in the Muslim World

    07/22/2011 3:04:22 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Muslim Hope ^ | May 2007 | Muslim Hope
    Alawites are an offshoot of Shi'ites. Some other Muslims, particularly in Syria and Lebanon, accept them as Muslims, but others consider themheretics (ghali) and outside of Islam. 'Alawites have seven pillars of Islam, including Jihad and devotion to 'Ali,who is divine. 'Alawites believe in drinking wine, and they have something similar to a communion service. Tens of thousands of 'Alawites have been killed by other Muslims, but today 'Alawites are in control in the country of Syria. Who are these people? What do the following have in common: a persecuted people, wild outlaws, a battery-powered electric messiah, and control of...
  • Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week

    07/03/2011 1:51:11 PM PDT · by a_note · 7 replies
    TNR ^ | July 1, 2011 | D. Schenker
    Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week David Schenker July 1, 2011 | 12:00 am Why America Should Be Hoping Bashar Assad Gets Overthrown Meet the Women of Hezbollah Back in 2006, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was riding high. Having fought the Israeli army to a standstill, the organization's leader Hassan Nasrallah declared "divine victory." The war was a public relations coup for the militia, which emerged from the campaign as the most favorable personification of Shiism in the largely Sunni Muslim world. So impressive was the alleged victory that the campaign sparked a widely reported trend of conversion...
  • Christians Under Attack From Anti-Government Protesters in Syria

    05/16/2011 8:21:18 PM PDT · by fso301 · 6 replies
    Copts United ^ | 2011-05-08 | Alison Matheson
    Christian communities across Syria have been attacked by anti-government protesters in recent weeks. International Christian Concern says that protesters are being led by hard-line Islamists and that Christians have come under pressure to either join in protests demanding the resignation of President Bashir Assad, or else leave the country
  • The Saudi Mega-Plot

    06/09/2005 4:34:30 PM PDT · by dervish · 10 replies · 501+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 9, 2005 | NIBRAS KAZIMI
    Is there or isn't there a Saudi megaplot to thwart democracy in the Middle East and spread fundamentalism in its place? Is Lebanon the staging ground for a fundamentalist Sunni restoration in Syria to be orchestrated by the Saudis? 'snip' A few weeks ago in downtown Beirut, and a short distance from Hariri's grave, the espresso-sippers at trendy cafes got the privilege of first-row seating to the spectacle of fellow Lebanese demonstrating for an Islamic state and the imposition of Islamic law. They were Sunnis from the furthermost northern region of Lebanon around Akkar that hugs the Syrian border. Some...
  • Paper Trail Shows Syria as Iraq's Main Weapons Link

    12/29/2003 9:15:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 102 replies · 238+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | Bob Drogin and Jeffrey Fleishman
    DAMASCUS, Syria First of two parts A Syrian trading company with close ties to the ruling regime smuggled weapons and military hardware to Saddam Hussein between 2000 and 2003, helping Syria become the main channel for illicit arms transfers to Iraq despite a stringent U.N. embargo, documents recovered in Iraq show. The private company, called SES International Corp., is headed by a cousin of Syria's autocratic leader, Bashar Assad, and is controlled by other members of the president's Baath Party and Alawite clan. Syria's government assisted SES in importing at least one shipment destined for Iraq's military, the Iraqi...