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OPEN SECRET: The US partnership with Iran and Hezbollah is becoming increasingly obvious

Balatarin

Excerpt from an article by Tony Badran in Lebanon’s NOW:

 

Over the past few days, Iranian and Hezbollah-aligned media have dedicated much attention, and animus, to news of the death of Majed al-Majed, the former emir of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, who was recently apprehended by the Lebanese Armed Forces. The Iranians and their Lebanese arm have systematically pushed a storyline tying Majed to Saudi intelligence. The purpose of this messaging campaign is to isolate Riyadh while playing up the emerging US alignment with Iran across the region – a proposition that seems to enjoy support in the US media and policy circles.

 

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/529389-the-open-secret

 

MY OBSERVATION:  Its one thing to team up with Iran against Al Queda in Iraq providing Iran no longer insist on Shia supremacy there.  Otherwise  Sunnis in Iraq--like Sunnis in Syria---will see both the present government and ISUS as common enemies and some will ally each in which case the fight against.Al Queda will go nowhere. 

 

It’s another thing entirely for the US to team up with Iran in Syria.  First because it would be tantamount to supporting sectarian genocide.  Secondly because in Syria the IRI has actually helped ISIS/Al Queda as part of its effort for suppress Sunnis.  There is no question that the IRI could be unaware of the covert allliance between Assad and Al Queda or that it tacitly supported that partnership.  The genius in Washington needs to put two and two together in this instance.   

 

Iran has often cooperated with Al Queda in alliances of convenience.  See Yemen now or as in Iraq a decade or so ago when when Al Quds armed Sunnis in Fallujah and Ramadi and often worked hand in glove with Al Queda.

 

RELATED ARTICLE:US pressure mounts on Iraqi premier amid Al-Qaeda surge

 

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/mena/529339-us-pressure-mounts-on-iraqi-premier-amid-al-qaeda-surge

 

 

The problem is the IRI wants things both ways.   Fearing Al Queda (rightly so) it wants to get rid of it.  Seeking regional hegemony via Shia minorities, it insists on Shia dominance in Lebanon, Syria via Al Quds trained and armed militias.    In fact it does the same at home.   The IRI isn’t just a regime based on Islam or even Shia Islam.  It is a regime based on a relatively puritanical, Saudi-influenced version of Islam imposed by force.   Consequently an equality for Sunnis, Kurds, Bahia etc. is incompatible with its base idea.  Obviously such people can’t be expected to accept Khamenei as Supreme Leader or arbiter whether inside Iran or in Lebanon, Syria or Iraq.

 

WHAT THE REBELS  & THE MUSLIM WORLD SORELY NEEDS

 

 

They don't need the West to tell them Al Queda is bad news nor will they believe the West.   They need to hear it from other muslims who have had first-hand experience with Al Queda's horrors..

 

If and when the rebels acquire TV broadcasting facilities one essential would be daily broadcasts in which prisoners of the ISIS and Alawite Regime (fascists both) describing for the Muslim world—not just for Syrians--the horrific daily atrocities routine and common to these two allies. 

 

Shia and Sunnis alike need to know what exactly extreme Islamist rule or secular fascist rule means in practice.   When used to impose theocracy Islam is anything but “the solution” to life’s problems.  Aside from the inevitable brutality  or the inevitable corruption that always accompanies absolute power consider the proven economic incompetence and total lack of flexibility for modernization.   World populations today can’t live on a seventh century economy.  The most extreme interpretations of Islam amount to  a Guarantee of Poverty with a small circle of exceptions:  the privileged and all powerful clerics residing in palaces as they dispatch thugs with whips and swords to administer “Islamic justice.” 

 

Under less extreme Islamists (see Morsi and Erdogan of the Brotherhood) routinely arrests any journalist or individual whose criticizes their rule.   Leaders like this tend to eliminate checks and balances, overrule their courts and fire prosecutors or police investigating abuses fired.  Occasional documentaries showing what Iranians experienced in 2009 and afterwards would also be of value—along with reviews of earlier crimes like Khamenei’s death squads.   

 

Other essential documentaries need to expose the full horrors of secular fascism as in Syria’s Alawite Regime where Sunnis civilians are also routinely beaten, tortured, gang raped and subject to field executions.  Until Assad is ousted, such broadcasts would have to come from outside Syria or via radio lest they be targeted by the Alawite Air Force.

 

MORE BEHEADED BODIES FOUND IN ALEPPO

 

They were found in the Al-Enzarat area after ISIS was driven out.

 

AN ARTICLE ON ISIS’ ATTEMPTS TO FIGHT BACK IN THE NORTH

 

Like its regime ally, ISIS devotes lots of its efforts to targeting civilians with bombs.  The sole difference is that delivery is by ground, rather than by air.  One thing is identical: the effect is stiffen public hatred and make resistance to ISIS or Alawite Regime rule greater than ever rather than lessen such resistance.

Similar methods = Similar consequences.

 

REGIME ADVANCE NEAR KWEIRES AIRPORT (Aleppo Media Center)

 

The regime already possesses and uses the airport which is supplied by air and has been getting pounded.  Thus, the best the regime can hope for here would be to temporarily relieve that pounding before returning to its previous predicament.  With ISIS nearly broken, substantial rebel forces should soon be to re-bombard the isolated base and eventually neutralize.    Whether or not rebels choose to take It and how soon will, as in all such cases of regime holdouts,  depend on other priorities.  

 

A NICE VICTORY OVER ISUS

 

Syria rebels have captured ISIS stronghold of Al-Dana in Idlib Province.

Together with driving ISIS out of Aleppo, this makes a nice two-bagger.  Residents must be ecstatic.  Everyone hates brutal Al Queda and its imposition of Taliban lifestyles just as they hate its equally brutal ally, the Assad regime.    ISIS fighters fled to Darat Izza.

 

A PROVEN FACT ABOUT ISIS

 

ISIS is the enemy of everyone in Syria except the regime.  The latter is the only group ISIS doesn’t fight except for occasional show.   Assad needs ISIS to commit an occasional atrocity to keep minorities in line.

 

A PROVEN FACT ABOUT THE ASSAD REGIME

 

The Alawite Air Force never, ever attacks ISUS, even when many of its HQs were well known to everyone and had not moved an inch in months.

 

COMMON SENSE ABOUT THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN & ITS TACIT SUPPORT FOR ISIS IN SYRIA

 

Given its sophisticated intelligence organizations, the IRI cannot have been unaware of the above two facts.

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EA: THE REBEL OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISIS HAS TOTALLY UNDONE PUTIN’S GENEVA STRATEGY

In my last update, I wrote that Iran had to be aware of Assad/ISIS coopation yet tolerated it. The same applies to Putin who hoped to exploit it at Geneva. Joanna Paraszczuk of Enduring America gives a perfect description of how the rebel offensive against ISIS screwed up the Bad Guys’ plans:

“Developments in Syria since then have overtaken Moscow’s carefully-crafted strategy. With the Islamic Front and other insurgent groups uniting to expel or at least disable the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham, Russia’s line that “Al Qa’eda extremists” from outside Syria have taken over the insurgency is no longer viable. The argument that moderate insurgents and Assad’s forces should unite against the foreign interlopers is also obsolete — although that line was never a feasible proposition anyway.

“Despite Moscow’s rhetoric that the Syrian conflict can only have a political and diplomatic solution, events on the ground in Syria have shown that the conflict will be settled militarily.

“And because it is increasingly unlikely that the Geneva II conference will go ahead, let alone with any significant participation from the Syrian opposition, Russia’s silence on the matter may be a recognition and a fear that it is being pushed to the sidelines.

OBAMA’S ATTITUDE: “I Don’t Care If Assad and Al Queda Worked Hand in Glove in Syria. I’d support Assad anyway as the best way of fighting Al Queda.”

DID THIS ASSAD MINISTER DIE OF A HEART ATTACK OR WAS HE KILLED TRYING TO DEFECT FROM TURKEY?

Reports say the regime killed State minister Mohamad Turki after he tried to escape from Syria. Source: Yallah Souriya. Previously he had condemned his own son for joining the rebels. The son was killed by regime forces. Now for the alternate version on his death from the fabulously “reliable” state news:
Syrian minister dies of heart attack

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-minister-dies-heart-attack-state-news


PUTIN ENDORSES ASSAD’S USE OF BARREL BOMBS AGAINST SUNNI CIVILIANS

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/russia-halts-un-condemnation-of-aleppo-air-raids/2014/01/08/3baea872-78ca-11e3-a647-a19deaf575b3_story.html


THE ECONOMIST HAS A SUPER ARTICLE ON HOW JIHADI BLUNDERS MAY HAVE TURNED THE TIDE IN TWO CIVIL WARS

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21593462-baghdad-beirut-growing-backlash-against-most-extreme?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/the_jihadists_may_have_gone_too_far


LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ISIS/REBEL CONFLICT

#1: SPEAKING OF BONEHEADED MOVES: The ISIS has targeted a barricade for Jabhat al-Nusra in Talda near Aleppo with a car bomb. Al Nusrah has been trying to bring about a truce and in some areas like Deir Ezzor it has protected ISUS fighters in spite of the fact that ISIS’ past victims included members of JAN as well as the Islamic Front, FSA and democractic activists.

#2: WOMEN LIBERATED: The FSA has liberated a women’s prison in DANA. It had 150 inmates. One prison had a two-year-old boy.

#3: SEIZED: Islamic Front took control of border crossing to #Turkey in Tall Abyad
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=36.696916&lon=38.952885&z=13&m=b


#4: THWARTED: The Kurdish Jabhat Al-Akrad brigade broke an attempt by ISIS to break into the northern housing area of Aleppo.

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#5: BODIES OF BOUND AND EXECUTED SYRIANS FOUND EVERYWHERE AFTER ISIS EVACUATES A BASE

It looks like something you’d find after Assad’s militia had carried out one of its frequent massacres.

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#6: AMBUSH: At Manbej the Islamic Front trapped and besieged an ISIS convoy headed for Al-Bab. Source: Michael Weiss.

More Updates much later

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Potential Big New: IS THE TURKISH ARTILLERY, AIRCRAFT IS NOW TARGETING ISIS?

At least ISIS claims and reports being under such attack at Tel-Abyad according to Aymann J. al-Tamimi. Certainly it would be the Alawite Air Force launching such attacks. The latter has always refrained from bombing ISIS/Al Queda but has on more than one occasion targeted the rebels in their current battles with ISIS.

That should not surprise anyone. Assad’s credentials as a “fighter against Al Queda” are in smithereens even if America's "crockerized" (or should I say Putinized) president remains in denial. The following may give some credence to ISUS claims above: Today Erdogan in Turkey has come right out charging an Assad/ISUS alliance. Has Turkey done what spineless Obama failed to do and instituted his own no-fly zone near the border?

Now that would be embarrassing, wouldn't it?

UPDATE ON ALLEGED TURKISH ATTACK ON ISIS

The town in question is a border post with Turkey, supposedly the last under ISIS control. As such it could easily be targeted by Turkey without crossing the border. Shami Witness, who is pro-Al Queda, says there have multiple reports of Turkey attacking ISIS forces there. Turkey also is surely concerned that some Turkish radicals have served with ISIS and fears contamination with domestic consequences.

The base has now fallen. ISIS (Al Queda) has lost.
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.696916&lon=38.952885&z=13&m=b


Speaking of contamination, the conflict in Syria and Hezbollah’s involvement has begun radicalizing Sun nis in Lebanon, a process hard to reverse. On that development check out this link:

http://linkis.com/wp.me/MypLJ


When Russia and Iran initially chose to support Assad against the Syrian people, they no doubt expected a quick victor. Had that occurred we would not be seeing the kind of spillover which is now threats Russia and Iran both, along with their proxies they supported in Iraq and Lebanon. Intervention has been a disaster, highly counterproducting and causing exactly what they hoped to prevent.

How Embarassing!: IT TURNS OUT THAT ABU HAFAS AL-MASRI, ISIS “EMIR” OF JARABLOUS, WAS IRANIAN!

That raises an interesting question: Was he a Sunni or was he working for Al Qods/ Iranian intelligence? Like Assad and Putin, the IRI has had a stake in promoting ISIS in Syria to taint the rebels and simultaneously attack them. See his passport:

https://twitter.com/JadBantha/status/421263028978343936/photo/1


RUSSIA USES CRATES STAMPED “HUMANITARIAN AID” TO PROVIDE MORE ARMS TO ALAWITE REGIME

Latakia: Large numbers of crates marked as humanitarian aid have arrived at ports in Latakia and at a number of airports in the country, with the Russians reportedly using the ‘aid shipments’ which supposedly contain food and medicines for civilians under regime siege, to transport more explosives, mortars and various other types of ordnance for the Assad regime.—Yalla Souriya.

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WORRIED SYRIAN FORCES PRESSURE OFFICERS TO AVOID THE HOT FRONTS

According to Yalla Souriya that’s the nub of the following report in Arabic which I can’t read. If so, that’s a good sign and a prelude to mass surrenders and regime collapse down the road. I’m reminded of how German troops dreaded assignment to the Russian front after Stalingrad and Kursk.

I know there was one such incident earlier in which 100 regime troops in the far northeast were reportedly arrested for refusing an order to move on to Deir Ezzor Many regime fighters, only good at killing unarmed civilians thought the rebels would be easy pickings with fighters comparable to regime shabbiha. They never expected such ferocity or determination.

http://linkis.com/wp.me/I4LMq


TODAY’S GREAT QUOTE comes from the IF commander after kicking Al Queda out of Aleppo:

“Our dead are in Paradise. Their dead are in Hell.”

DARAA

The FSA & Islamic Front have launched a combined assault on Sheik Maskin, near army base 82.

REGIME ATTEMPTS TO EXPLOIT THE REBEL WAR AGAINST ISUS WITH THREE ASSAULTS OF ITS OWN.

In distant locations like Aleppo the regime must not only seize locations before rebel reinforcement can arrive but hold them afterward. Any gains would--by their very nature, expand regime defensive perimeters without providing more troops to hold them. That makes the regime vulnerable to any concentrated attack at a site of the rebels choosing. Finally even successful assaults expend men and supplies not easy to replace. In a place like Aleppo multiple failed assaults would be especially disastrous for that reason.

#1: Kweires Airport. Regime was having some success in early going but that’s often the case for offensive. No reports since. Rebel reinforcements likely.

#2: Al-Naqarrin: Regime has launched a tank assault in an attempt this position. No word yet on how it is going or whether those tanks have vital infantry support.

#3: Krak de Chaevalliers (Homs). The regime is attempting to storm the entrance. That’s asking for serious losses with slim chances of victory.

Unconfirmed: REBELS MAY HAVE ARRESTED TOP ISIS COMMANDER IN SYRIA

You’ve seen videos and photos of this guy many times.

http://yallasouriya.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/syria-aleppo-jadbantha-reports-talk-about-the-arrest/



VIDEO OF HORRIFIC ISIS MASSACRE OF KIDNAPPED CIVILIANS IN RAQAA (with subtitles)

Some of the victims are identified—a new bridegroom, a sheik’s son, muslims who were considered infidels. Some were beheaded, some not. Most were beaten and tortured.

“OPERATION GEOCIDE" CONTINUES

Alawite Air Force Bombards a Sunni kindergarten.

http://linkis.com/wp.me/RGDMs


DAMASCUS

Heavy fighting for the first time between ISIS and FSA in Ein Tarma, Ghouta. Source: Jad Bantha.

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EXCELLENT ARTICLE: How far will the hardliners go to stop Rouhani?

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/2014/0109/How-far-will-Iran-s-hardliners-go-to-stop-Rouhani

SOMALIA’S AL-SHEBAB BANS INTERNET & PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING ELSE

"In recent years, Somalia’s al-Shabab militia has banned smoking, playing soccer, watching movies, wearing bras, anything it deemed Western. Now, the al-Qaeda-linked group has targeted something else common in most of the rest of the world: the Internet....".

In 2010 Al-Shebab bombings killed scores of Kenyans guilty of watching the World Cup.
Al Queda’s goal is a Taliban-lifestyle and economy for muslims everywhere.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/somalias-al-shabab-militia-bans-internet/2014/01/09/7c288bdc-7953-11e3-a647-a19deaf575b3_story.html

FUNNY VIDEO: “Where did that come from?”

Bad Guys standing near a tank are unpleasantly shocked when it gets hit by a Konkurs missile in Zabadani. The second half of the video shows the same treat but in slow motion.

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From HASSAN HASSAN’S SUPERB ARTICLE ON ISIS (Al Queda) IN FOREIGN POLICY:

“The rise of ISIS over the last year was the worst thing that could happen to the Syrian Revolution” and goes on to demonstrate why. That’s exactly why the Assad Regime nourished it and exacty why its downfall is a disaster for Assad, for “crockerites” in the White House and for Putin’s pre-rigged Geneva Conference…

“…the Front was bad news from the start…an attempt to halt the fighters’ drift toward extremism.

“This recent spate of fighting is a serious blow to ISIS. A major part of its strength was the cult of fear it had established…..

“This episode has proven that is Syria’s mainstream rebel who are best suited to face down the rebels-- not the Assad regime.”

MY VIEW: Assad encouraged and enabled ISIS/Al Queda because the regime benefited from its existence. Therefore its defeat at rebel hands is a massive defeat for the Assad regime.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/01/09/breaking_the_reign_of_terror_syria_al_qaeda#sthash.2mimMTXx.dPVNmwwb.dpbs


RAQAA

--With open supply lines (though now endangered by Ahram Al Sham and other islamist brigades attacking near Mashalab), ISIS had been advancing in Raqaa while losing everywhere else. After being stopped in Raqaa ISIS has launched an assault featuring Assad-like heavy shelling of civilian areas. I wouldn’t be surprised if the regime has loaned ISIS some artillery and shells. The Alawite Air Force has definitely intervened on ISIS side in the rebel-ISIS clash--to no one’s surprise.

--Since the Battle of Raqqa battle began, ISIS mobilized more than 500 men, 7 tanks and 4 artillery pieces but never did so against Assad’s Division 17 loyalist base, no doubt by a cozy agreement with the regime.

--Al Queda’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of ISIS head, has been in Raqqa since the past night according to the Arab Chronicle and its sources.

--Al Furati, Isis military commander, has been killed in Raqqa.

--AC also notes that rebels and ISIS are clashing heavily at ISSUS-occupied base 46. ISIS is fighting for survival.

--Islamic Brigades' Intelligence dismantled huge ISIS terrorists' bombs about to reach civilians in Raqqa &feature=youtu.be


ABHAT AL-NUSRAH MAKES AN APPEAL

Jabhat Al Nusra called on every Syrians still inside ISIS gangs to defect in order to fight Assad. Source: tazimorocco.

FUNNY VIDEO: “Where did that come from?”

Regime Bad Guys standing near a tank are deliciously shocked when it gets hit by a Konkurs missile in Zabadani. The second half of the video shows the treat in slow motion.

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