The devastating role of Arab and regional states in inflaming crisis

From the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Arab and regional states have been playing a devastating role in inflaming the crisis through hosting, training, arming and funding the armed terrorist groups to carry out heinous crimes and criminal acts against Syrian people and their public and private properties. 

This devastating role was clearly exposed through media outlets which have circulated many reports about the US and its regional and Arab allies’ intervention in Syria’s internal affairs.

It has been proved that Erdogan’s government has opened its airports and borders to terrorist members to carry out terrorist acts against the Syrian people in a flagrant violation of the international law and the rules of good neighbourliness.

Implementing the orders of the US administration, the current Turkish government has allowed the entry of thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists and takfiris and Wahhabis to commit their crimes of killing the innocent Syrians, blowing up their properties and spreading chaos and sabotage in Syria with the aim of destroying the country and weakening the Syrian Arab army.

The Justice and Development government in Turkey is part of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood project in the region, which is why it is conspiring against Syria. The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to assume control, not build states.

What happened in Khan al-Assal recently gives a new proof on the involvement of neighbouring countries in this atrocious crime through providing military, logistic and financial support for the armed terrorist groups.

It has become well-known that the terrorists are directed, trained, armed and funded by the US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey who are legally responsible for the savage massacres and criminal acts of their terrorist agents.

The Saudi regime is involved in supporting terrorists who fight Arab armies, and there are many members from the royal Saudi families who direct the arming and funding of terrorists from neighbouring states.

Saudi Arabia has been carrying out this destructive role for decades as it seeks to destroy the pan-Arab project and cause fragmentation and instability in the region in service of the American-Zionist project.

Qatar is also playing a very vicious role since it started from the very beginning of the crisis to offer unlimited financial and military support for the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

The continued silence on those crimes in the framework of immoral coalitions between Turkey and a number of influential countries at the UN Security council, in addition to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Libya which send carriers of weapons into Syria's neighbouring states means supporting the terror, funding it and instigating killing and destruction in Syria.


On International al-Quds Day: Resistance, the sole way for liberation

International al-Quds Day is an annual event that began in Iran in 1979, commemorated on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, to express solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle and rejecting Zionism as well as Israel's racist Judaization policy against the city of Jerusalem.

The objective of marking the occasion on the last Friday of Ramadan is to remind Muslims and the world of the Palestinian cause and benefit from this occasion to recruit energies in order to save Al-Quds and Palestine from the hands of the Zionists and to cast light on what Palestine and its people are suffering because of the aggressive Israeli measures which deprive the Palestinian under occupation of their basic human rights.

Millions of people in different Islamic countries held massive rallies in solidarity with the Palestinian people, condemning the aggressive policies of Israel and calling for the liberation of Palestine, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. They waved Palestinian flags and chanted "Death to Israel and America," and burned Israeli and American flags.

This year’s occasion comes following a new round of US-brokered talks between Palestinian Authority and Israel. The two sides held talks in Washington earlier this week and are reportedly set to resume talks by mid August.  However, many Palestinians believe the talks are doomed to failure because Israel and the US are putting pressure on Palestinian negotiators to unconditionally concede their legitimate rights, especially with regard to the repatriation right of the Palestinian refugees and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

However, the Palestinian people will accept nothing short of their complete inalienable rights: Palestine from the sea to the river should return fully to its people, and no negotiator is entitled to give up or abandon one grain of sand from the soil of Palestine, or a drop of its water, oil, or a piece of its land.

Israel poses a danger to the peoples and countries of the region, and eliminating it is a national and pan-Arab interest.  The people of the region are capable of removing the Zionist entity from the world scene through heroic resistance acts.

It has been crystal clear that Syria is paying the price of its support for Palestinian and Lebanese resistance. One of the main reasons behind the global conspiracy concocted against Syria was because of its unlimited support for resistance movements against Israel.

The relentless steadfastness of the Syrian people and their unwavering stances in facing the ferocious campaigns seeking to undermine Syria’s resistant role will continue unabated to foil the global conspiracy against Syria and the Arab nation.

The conspiracy against Syria won't dissuade it from its support for resistance, because it is the sole way to liberate Palestine, al-Quds and all the occupied Arab territories, and the Syrian people's support for the path of resistance is stronger than ever.


Terrorist Threats

‘‘Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world.’’ The international Herald Tribune disclosed on July 29, 2013.

The daily added that a  rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the terrorists against the Syrian government, raising fears among American and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.

More Westerners are now fighting in Syria than fought in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Yemen, according to the officials, citing the  growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes.

Classified estimates from Western intelligence services and unclassified assessments from government and independent experts put the number of fighters from Europe, North America and Australia who have entered Syria since 2011 at more than 600. That represents about 10 percent of the roughly 6,000 foreign fighters who have poured into Syria by way of the Middle East and North Africa.

Most of the Westerners are self-radicalized and are traveling on their own initiative to Turkey, where "rebel" facilitators often link them up with specific groups, terrorism experts say. Many have joined ranks with the Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front, which American officials have designated as a terrorist group.

European and other Western intelligence agencies are rushing to work together to track the individuals seeking to cross the border into Syria from Turkey, though several American officials expressed frustration that Turkey is not taking more aggressive steps to stem the flow of Europeans going to fight in Syria.

The German authorities have so far focused domestic efforts on preventing people suspected of being radicals from leaving the country. In the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, the security authorities this month identified 12 people thought to be radicals, who they said had given ‘‘concrete indications’’ that they were planning to leave for Syria.

Public prosecutors in the Netherlands have said that while the authorities cannot stop would-be jihadists from leaving the country, they can combat recruitment, which is against the law and carries a sentence of up to four years in jail or a fine of about $100,000.

A precise breakdown of the Western fighters in Syria is difficult to offer, counterterrorism and intelligence officials said, but their estimates include about 140 French citizens, 100 Britons, 75 Spaniards, 60 Germans, and a few dozen Canadians and Australians. There are also fighters from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, according to a study in April by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, a partnership of academic institutions that is based in London estimated that 140 to 600 Europeans had gone to Syria.

About 30 French citizens have returned from the front lines in Syria, according to Mathieu Guidère, a professor at Université Toulouse II and an expert on Islamic terrorism.

Recently, the Dutch authorities arrested a 19-year-old woman suspected of recruiting young Dutch Muslims to fight with Islamic extremists in Syria.

In April, the Belgian authorities raided 48 homes across the country and detained six men implicated in what prosecutors described as a jihadist recruitment drive for the insurgency in Syria. Some of the men have since been released, Eric van der Sypt, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor, said by telephone on Friday.

Mr. van der Sypt said the Belgian authorities had recently arrested another man after he returned to Belgium from Syria, but he declined to provide more information, citing the continuing investigation.

‘‘We’re still following the phenomenon of people going to Syria from very close by,’’ he said, referring to residents who had become involved in a radicalist group known as Sharia4Belgium, in places like Antwerp and Vilvoorde, a community north of Brussels.

 Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

New Test for UN credibility

It is completely unacceptable for the US and its Western allies to continue turning a blind eye and a deaf ear regarding the criminal acts and savage atrocities committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria. Blatant Human rights violations and heinous crimes are committed by these groups against Syrian people and their public and private properties daily and the international community is still keeping silent towards such awful acts.

One of the atrocious massacres committed by the armed terrorist groups was the atrocity of Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside, causing the martyrdom of at least 25 civilians and the injury of over 100 others. The terrorist groups' members arranged a murder of civilians and military personnel, maimed the bodies of some victims, put them in a big trench in the town's suburbs and burned other martyrs’ bodies showing the ugliness of their criminal acts.

The brutal massacre was perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and "Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa".

The double standard policy adopted by some Security Council member countries regarding combating terrorism prevented the UN Security Council from condemning the atrocities of the al-Qaeda-affiliated takfiri groups which have been responsible for the terrorist explosions in various areas in the country. The stances of these countries run contrary to the international agreement on combating terrorism, increase committing more atrocities against the Syrians and obstruct the strenuous efforts to reach a political solution for the crisis based on inter-Syrian dialogue that meets the Syrian people’s aspirations and demands away from any foreign diktat.

The armed terrorist groups which are linked to al-Qaeda have committed the savage massacre in Khan al-Assal town to erase the traces of the chemical weapons use in this area. The main goal of this carnage is killing all witnesses on the use of the chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups.

Unfortunately, none of the Western parties has taken a stand against such acts or against the foreign gunmen within the ranks of the terrorist groups in Syria.

The Takfiri terrorist groups and their backers must be held accountable for their acts. The terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and the countries which support, fund and arm them must be held accountable, and they will pay dearly for this heinous crime.

Another goal of the massacre is to terrorize the Syrian people and alter the situation on the ground, particularly since the Syrian Army is making progress in its qualitative operations targeting the dens of terrorists everywhere in the country.

The UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council should adopt responsible procedures as regards fighting the terrorism Syria is facing because of the al-Qaeda linked takfiri groups.

The UN Security Council should also reveal facts connected to the horrible massacre in Khan al-Assal away from double standard policies which have been advocated by the US and its Western allies since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria.


Jerusalem: the bells of return shall ring

Today is Al-Quds Day, an international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people that is held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Al Quds – Jerusalem is the city of martyrs; the occupied city. A city painted with a deep shade of Israeli occupation crimes. A city occupied far longer than I have walked this earth.

I warmly invite the world to rediscover and embrace the Palestinian culture of Life following the flowering footsteps of the Prophets of this Holy Land, Palestine, the Arabs have forgotten Al-Quds, why?????? Arabs forgot to fight for Jerusalem, and the Arabs are fighting each other!!!

What a bizarre configuration imposed upon Palestinians; they are called racist for fighting racism, they are called anti-Semites while being Semitic to the core, they are obliged to defend the rights of their persecutors before their own,  they are supposed to care more for the feelings of those who perpetrated genocides against them for over six decades before they care about their liberation, and they are demanded to fall in love with the “humanity” of their occupiers and express that love in no uncertain terms otherwise their own humanity is in doubt and would be put on trial.

This city, I have never seen. Its air, I have never breathed. Its roads, I have never trodden, but my only dream in life is to go there, after it is liberated, the city of prayer:

Jerusalem, Flower of Cities
Sung by Fairuz

For you, city of prayer, I pray.
For you, brightest of homes, flower of cities
Jerusalem, city of prayer, I pray.

Our eyes travel to you every day
wandering towards
the places of worship
embracing the old churches
and wiping away the sadness
from the mosques.

Night of glory, path of those
who passed to the sky
our eyes travel to you every day
and I pray…

The child in the manger
and his mother Maryam
two faces, crying, crying…
for those who have been outcast
for children without homes
for those who have fought
and died in doorways.

And peace has died, in the land of peace
and justice has fallen
justice has fallen
justice has fallen, like ash.

When the city of Jerusalem fell, love retreated,
and in the heart of the world, war lived.
the child in the manger
and his mother Maryam
two faces crying
and I pray…

The blinding anger is coming
and I am all belief
the blinding anger is coming
and I shall pass through sadness

From every direction coming,
with the steeds of night coming,
like the face of God, All-seeing
Coming, coming, coming..

The doors of our city will not be locked
for I am going to pray
and I will knock on the doors
and I will open these doors
and you will wash
O river of Jordan
my face, with holy waters
and you will erase
O river of Jordan
The tracks of the soldiers boots.

From every direction, coming,
with the steeds of night, coming,
like the face of God, all-seeing
coming, coming, coming
To defeat the face of power.

This home is ours
and Jerusalem is ours
and with our hands we will return
the brightness of Jerusalem
with our hands,

For Jerusalem, peace
for Jerusalem, peace
for Jerusalem, peace

"A sword shall be drawn; and horns shall be blown; and the bells of return shall ring: now, now - not tomorrow."

Butheina Al-Nounou