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.
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.
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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.