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Monday, 16 June 2014

Syrian Forces Stomp on Islamist Strongholds Near Turkey

00 Destroyed Syrian Church. 09.12.13

This is what the Islamists want to do to the Christians, Alawis, Shiites, and the Sunni who don’t agree with them… any questions?

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On Sunday, rebels and state media said that Syrian forces flushed Islamist terrorists from their last redoubts in northwestern Syria near the Turkish frontier, capturing two villages and restoring government control over the border crossing. The military’s advances fully reversed the gains rebels had made during their three-month campaign in Latakia Governorate, the rugged coastal region that is the ancestral heartland of President Bashar Assad. The counteroffensive’s success is the latest blow to the rebels, who suffered a string of bitter recent setbacks in more the than three-year-old Syrian Civil War.

Islamist terrorists launched a surprise assault in Latakia in March, pushing south from the Turkish border to seize a string of villages in the lush mountainous terrain. The military, nervous about an incursion in a bastion of government support, dispatched reinforcements to blunt the rebel advance and eventually turn the tide. On Sunday, Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that after months of bloody clashes, army troops backed by Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah fighters seized the seaside hamlet of Samra before also taking the village of Kassab and its adjacent border crossing. He said there were minor clashes still taking place west of Kassab, a predominantly Armenian Christian village whose residents fled after the rebels seized control. The Syrian army command issued a statement saying that it “restored security and stability to Kassab”. It also said the operation “smashes the illusions” of the rebels securing a sea port in Samra or a buffer zone along the border to use as “a base for launching terrorist acts against the Syrian people”.

Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV, whose reporter is with the Syrian troops, broadcast live footage from Kassab that showed a blown-out stone building with a smouldering wooden staircase. Soldiers in camouflage uniforms were in the streets, and the rocky hills typical of the area could be seen in the background. Syrian al-Ikhbariya TV said that engineer units were clearing mines and dismantling booby traps in Kassab. The government made dislodging rebels from Latakia a priority for strategic as well as symbolic reasons. The coastal province is a stronghold of Assad’s minority Alawite sect, which is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, and losing control of even a portion of it was an embarrassment to the government.

Now in its fourth year, Syria’s conflict spilled far beyond the country’s borders to shake the foundations of the Middle East. Last week, an al-Qaida breakaway group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which holds much of northern and eastern Syria, overran huge swaths of neighbouring Iraq and captured the country’s second-largest city. In the wake of its onslaught, the jihadi group has pillaged Iraqi military bases, carting off Humvees, ammunition, and weapons. The terrorists transferred some of that materiel to Syria to bolster their forces there. The Syrian Air Force hasn’t targeted Islamic State territory with the same ferocity as it has other rebel factions. However, on Saturday and Sunday, Abdurrahman said that its aircraft bombed facilities belonging to the extremist group in Hassakeh Governorate bordering Iraq and in the groups’ stronghold of Raqqa Governorate, the Syrian military appeared to be wary of the Islamic State’s possessing high-grade military equipment. Among the places targeted by the airstrikes was Shaddadi, a town just across the Syrian border from Iraq that terrorists said is a hub for the movement of men and equipment across the frontier.

Also on Sunday, SANA said that a general amnesty declared by President Bashar al-Assad following his re-election freed some 230 prisoners from lockups in the central cities of Homs and Hama, as well as northeastern Hassakeh Governorate. The Observatory confirmed that the government released prisoners on Sunday, although it couldn’t provide exact numbers. The group said that the presidential amnesty freed more than 1,500 people… a mixture of anti-government malcontents and common criminals… since its announcement on 9 June. International rights groups say that there are tens of thousands of anti-government figures imprisoned in the country. It isn’t yet clear how many of them will be receive clemency under the pardon.

Editor:

Most activist figures are off by an order of magnitude… there aren’t tens of thousands of political prisoners in Syria. There might be a couple thousand… there’s no need to imprison more. Assad will keep about a thousand of the most adamant hardheads in custody. That’s all that he needs to do. After all, he DOES have popular support amongst ordinary sorts… they DON’T want to live in an Islamist hell (nor do they want their country to disintegrate like Iraq and Afghanistan). The army has popular support, especially, after Islamist massacres. Interestingly, one of the bitterest foes of the Islamists is the established Sunni Muslim hierarchy (who have deep ties with the Tatar Muslims in Russia). Fancy that…

BMD

15 June 2014

Ryan Lucas

Associated Press

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/syrian-government-forces-advance-northwest

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

11 June 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… American Support for Islamists in Syria Had Its Consequences

00 syrian couple in homs. 11.06.14

Doesn’t this look like the photos of the survivors of the “900 Days” in Leningrad? The WESTERN BITCH MEDIA WAS SILENT. SILENT! It also lied egregiously about the Syrian Civil War. Remember this image when you vote in November… the Republican Party applauds this shit louder than all the rest… you know what to do. Vote against ALL Republican slimeball candidates (Eric Cantor was too LIBERAL for them)!

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The neocon Republicans are the most evil actors in this drama. Vote AGAINST ALL Republican candidates in November or you vote FOR aggression in foreign parts leading to tragedies such as this. The Republicans are soulless warmongers, gaolers, and hangsmen… all decent people must oppose them. Their anti-abortion mewling does NOT cancel out their evil support for constant warfare, torture, the gutting of all environmental and labour safeguards, and a pervasive security state. However, take heart… such an apparat wouldn’t be 100 percent effective… after all, human beings would have to interpret and implement the data received, and all the conspiracy theory nutters overlook that (like the barmy Rutherford Institute, which Rod Dreher was a part of)… that’s why 1984 is actually impractical.

Remember the suffering of the people of Homs and reflect on the American government support for the Islamist terrorists who caused it. These people lived through a siege as terrible as that of the 900 Days of Leningrad. The Syrian blokadniki deserve our honour and respect. Remember who saved the suffering people of Homs from the Islamist nightmare… Bashar al-Assad… with support from Russia and China. There appears to be a disconnect between reality and what’s spread by CNN, Fox, and the rest of the Corporate Media. Remember… they were SILENT when condemnation of the Islamist terrorists would’ve shortened the suffering of the people of Homs. This silence, and their misguided condemnation of the Syrian government, led directly to the war dragging on longer than it should have. Do reflect on the fact that such is happening again in the Ukraine… may my right hand wither if I forget Hero-Slavyansk.

Orthodox people must shun extremist shits like Potapov and Paffhausen, who associate with the worst Republican warmonger elements in the District. They drag Our Lord Christ and His Church in the mud, giggling the whole time, to please their Republican allies. Potapov sold out for filthy lucre to Langley… Paffhausen hangs around anti-Orthodox filth like George Weigel… what concord hath Christ with Belial?

BMD

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Patriarch Youhanna sez Syrian Christians “Wouldn’t Submit and Yield”

00 Patriarch Youhanna al-Yazigi of Antioch. 28.09.13

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Greek Patriarch Youhanna al-Yazigi of Antioch and all the East said that Christians in war-ravaged Syria “wouldn’t submit and yield” to extremists who attack “our people and holy places”. In comments to mark Easter, Patriarch Youhanna called on the warring sides to end “intimidation, displacement, extremism, and takfiri (Islāmic extremist) mentality”. Such radicals are increasingly influential among rebels, they attack Christians as they see them as infidels and as punishment for what they consider Christian support for President Bashar al-Assad.

20 April 2014

Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/orthodox-patriarch-syrias-christians-wont-yield-083213840.html

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Monday, 21 April 2014

21 April 2014. A Photo Essay… President Assad in Liberated Ma’loula

00 Ma'loula 01. 21.04.14

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00 Ma'loula 02. 21.04.14

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The above pics are of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in liberated Ma’loula. The nuns are back in their convent, and the Aramaic-speakers are back in town to stay. The sane Muslims, Alawis, and Christians stand together. Indeed, the Sunni Muslim hierarchy is friendly with their Christian colleagues, and vice versa. That’s the way it’s always been in Syria… it’s the way it’s gonna stay, if sane elements have their way (Syrian Muslims aren’t Wahhabis… hell, most Muslims in general aren’t Wahhabis, for that matter). Langley supported an al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria… that’s not surprising, considering that Zbig was the godfather of al-Qaeda back in the ’70s. The real reason for the USA getting involved was that Bashar al-Assad was pro-Russian, and the USA wanted to kick VVP in the ass. Well, that backfired, didn’t it? Raise a glass… Ma’loula is free!

BMD

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