Archiv: Al Nusra Front / Jabhat Fatah al-Sham / Al Kaida


27.11.2019 - 14:08 [ theGrayzone.com ]

White Helmets Whitewash: founder’s death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda’s ally in Syria

We speak to The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal, whose reporting has exposed the White Helmets’ ties to jihadists groups and its use as a PR tool for Western military intervention in Syria.

“We don’t know if there’s a cover-up around his [Le Mesurier’s] death — I can’t go that far,” Blumenthal says. “The real cover-up is around his life, as he’s being celebrated everywhere from the Guardian to the New York Times as this heroic figure, this kind of Gandhi of conflict stabilization; when his legacy is actually very dark and stained with blood.”

16.11.2019 - 10:02 [ Voice of America ]

Al-Baghdadi Killed in Idlib, a Hotbed of Terror Groups, Foreign Fighters

(27.10.2019)

“Several groups that have ties with al-Qaida have presence in this area,” said Sadradeen Kinno, a Syrian researcher who closely follows Islamic militant groups in the country.

He noted that Huras al-Din is one of the groups that has operated in the area for a long time.

Huras al-Din emerged in Syria in early 2018 after several factions broke away from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) following al-Nusra’s decision to sever ties with al-Qaida.

22.10.2019 - 15:02 [ CO-OP News ]

US-Präsidentschaftskandidatin Tulsi Gabbard: Terroristen von al-Qaida waren unsere Bodentruppen in Syrien um die Assad-Regierung zu stürzen.

(17.10.2019)

“ Als Präsident werde ich diese Regimewechselkriege beenden, indem ich zwei Dinge tue: die Beendigung der drakonischen Sanktionen, die wirklich eine moderne Form der Belagerung sind, wie wir sie in Saudi-Arabien gegen den Jemen sehen, und die Zehntausende Flüchtlinge in Syrien verursacht haben. Syrische Zivilisten müssen sterben und verhungern, und ich würde sicherstellen, dass wir aufhören, Terroristen wie al-Qaida in Syrien zu unterstützen, die die die Bidentruppen in diesem andauernden Regimewechselkrieg waren.“

10.10.2019 - 18:16 [ Ban Ki Moon / Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen ]

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 4 September to 19 November 2014

(1.12.2014)

5. In view of the heavy fighting, which was approaching close to the UNDOF headquarters at Camp Faouar and the mission’s positions in the central part of the area of separation, the Force Commander briefed both parties early in September on the Force’s plans to relocate its personnel and assets should the Nusra Front or other extremist fighters who posed a clear threat to the mission endanger the safety and security of the United Nations personnel. It should be noted here that from information posted on social media as well as in the course of its efforts to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the United Nations learned that its personnel had been taken and held by members of the Nusra Front. There were indications that the Nusra Front intended to detain additional UNDOF personnel and take from UNDOF more weapons and vehicles as opportunities arose. (…)

12. Crossing of the ceasefire line by civilians, primarily shepherds, was observed on an almost daily basis. On 24 October, United Nations observation post 73 observed 12 IDF soldiers who detained one civilian between the Alpha line and the Israeli technical fence south-east of the observation post and subsequently took him away. IDF informed UNDOF that they released the person within one hour at the same location. On 27 October, position 80 observed two IDF soldiers east of the technical fence returning from the direction of the Alpha line towards the technical fence. UNDOF observed IDF opening the technical fence gate and letting two individuals pass from the Bravo to the Alpha side. Following the evacuation of UNDOF personnel from position 85 on 28 August, UNDOF sporadically observed armed members of the opposition interacting with IDF across the ceasefire line in the vicinity of United Nations position 85.

10.10.2019 - 18:15 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014)

UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

25.08.2019 - 09:43 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Syrian Army achieves major victory after militants abandoned northern Hama: maps

Despite claims by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham about defending their northern Hama pocket at all costs, the jihadist group ultimately succumbed to the pressure and fled the pocket before being completely encircled by the Syrian Arab Army.

According to a military source in the area, some militants chose to stay back and try to fend off the Syrian Arab Army attack; however, they ultimately gave us their fight by either surrendering to the military or fleeing to the Turkish observation post at Morek.

21.08.2019 - 06:05 [ Tagesschau.de ]

„Ein entscheidender Sieg“ in Syrien

Syrische Regierungstruppen haben Chan Scheichun unter ihre Kontrolle gebracht – eine der größten bisher von Rebellen gehaltenen Städte in der Provinz Idlib. Beobachter sprechen von einem „entscheidenden Sieg“ des Assad-Regimes.

21.08.2019 - 05:58 [ The'Nimr'Tiger ‏/ Twitter ]

Al Habit was supposed to be a fortress. Fortifications, tunnels, trenches all built & developed year after year. It contained the HQs of several groups including foreign units, its liberation by the SAA really did spell the end for jihadists in North Hama & exposed rest of Idlib

20.08.2019 - 16:11 [ Scott Ritter, Former United Nations Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer / Twitter ]

This is ground truth in Syria—the defeat of al-Qaeda. No Americans died to make this happen. No American treasure was wasted to achieve this result. If you’re concerned about defeating terrorism, this is how it’s done, and no amount of expat handwringing will alter this reality.

20.08.2019 - 16:05 [ @HadiNasrallah / Twitter ]

Al Qaeda’s Khan Sheykoun has fallen. The town has been liberated from global Jihadists by the Syrian Army and their allies. Stability will once again be restored. International threats, regional occupations, NATO aggressions and chemical hoaxes didn’t stop Syria from resisting.

20.08.2019 - 16:00 [ BBC ]

Khan Sheikhoun: Syria rebels pull out of key town after five years

Rebels told the BBC that fighters pulled out of the town on Tuesday.

But an official statement from the main jihadist group in Idlib province, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), characterised it as a „redeployment“ of forces.

05.08.2019 - 17:46 [ Haaretz ]

Syria’s Idlib: The Hot Potato the U.S., Russia and Turkey Are Fighting Over

In fact, Turkey is threatening to launch a broad campaign to take over Syrian territory in the area between eastern Syria and the Euphrates River to “cleanse” it from Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers a threat to its national security.

This is precisely what the United States, which sees itself as the protector of the Kurdish allies who fought alongside it against ISIS, is afraid of.

10.06.2019 - 15:45 [ Walid ‏/ Twitter ]

Video shows Abdel Baset Sarout leading a chorus of terrorists singing a famous Al-Qaeda song which boasts about destroying the WTC and turning it into a pile of rubble on 9/11 and praises Osama Bin Laden. This is the same man who is being hailed as a hero by Western Media. #Syria

10.06.2019 - 15:44 [ theGuardian.com ]

Syrian footballer and ’singer of revolution‘ killed in conflict

Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, who rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs, joined peaceful protests against Assad in 2011 and was known as the “singer of the revolution”. He later took up arms as the country slid into civil war. Four of his brothers and his father have also been killed in the fighting.

Sarout’s life and his role in Syria’s uprising and conflict was the subject of Return to Homs, a documentary film that won an award at the 2014 Sundance film festival.

10.06.2019 - 15:39 [ Jason Jones ‏/ Twitter ]

#Whitehelmets march in support of Jaish al-Fataeh, the militant coalition led by al-Qaeda that captured #Idlib in 2015. What more can you want as proof?

10.02.2019 - 17:36 [ Fox News ]

I gave the US trucks and ammunition to Al Qaeda‘: The chaotic US effort to arm Syrian rebels

(15.5.2018) A second Obama administration program, „Timber Sycamore,“ was started by the CIA in late 2012 with the similar aim of arming rebels. This particular operation was active along the Turkish border to Syria’s north, and a Jordanian crossing in the south, referred to as the “Southern Front.”

But Syrian opposition figures say this program was also compromised, with arms falling into the hands of ISIS or Al Nusra.

The program initially supplied light weapons. But as the Syrian civil war intensified, the U.S. strengthened its commitment by providing selected rebels with American “tune-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided” antitank missiles, better known as BGM-71 TOWs.

10.02.2019 - 17:20 [ CNN ]

Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy

(6.2.2019) The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.

30.11.2018 - 10:29 [ Radio Utopie ]

„Al Kaida“-Ableger in Deutschland offenbar nicht einmal verboten

(27.5.2017) ie in „Tahrir al-Sham“ umbenannte „Al Nusra Front“, ein „Al Kaida“-Ableger im Krieg gegen Syrien, wird von den Regierung der U.S.A. und Kanada nicht als terroristische Organisation gelistet. Auch in Deutschland ist „Tahrir al-Sham“ offenbar nicht verboten.

Was für den Staat insofern konsequent ist, weil er selbst die „Al Nusra Front“ offenbar nie verboten hat und es Monate gedauert hatte, bevor der Staat den „Islamischen Staat“ verbot.

30.11.2018 - 10:24 [ Heise.de ]

Der Islamische Staat gilt in Deutschland nicht als Terrororganisation

(16.8.2014) Verlangt wird etwas weltfremd, dass sich der Islamische Staat und andere islamistische Terrororganisationen auflösen und entwaffnen. China, so der Redebeitrag des chinesischen UN-Botschafters, sieht im Gebrauch der Kommunikationstechniken durch den Islamischen Staat eine Bestätigung, das Internet zu zensieren.

12.08.2018 - 14:10 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014) UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

11.08.2018 - 18:03 [ Kristin Helberg / Zeit.de ]

Idlib: Niemand wird Assad aufhalten

Drei Millionen Syrer stehen auf Fahndungslisten des Regimes, weil sie den Aufstand unterstützt haben, darunter viele Geflüchtete. Die meisten Syrer werden deshalb bis auf Weiteres in Deutschland und anderen EU-Ländern bleiben. Sie sollten als langfristiges Potenzial für ihre Heimat betrachtet und entsprechend gefördert werden. Denn der Glaube an zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement ist für viele das Einzige, was von der Revolution geblieben ist.

04.08.2018 - 16:53 [ Leith Aboufadel ‏/ Twitter ]

It looks like Russia and Turkey will work together in Idlib. A source says that rebels loyal to Turkey will fight HTS and any other jihadist faction in Idlib, per the recent Sochi talks. The Syrian Army will not move any further than Jisr Al-Shughour in Idlib.

(1.8.2018)

23.07.2018 - 14:57 [ Ban Ki Moon / Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen ]

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 4 September to 19 November 2014

(1.12.2014) 5. In view of the heavy fighting, which was approaching close to the UNDOF headquarters at Camp Faouar and the mission’s positions in the central part of the area of separation, the Force Commander briefed both parties early in September on the Force’s plans to relocate its personnel and assets should the Nusra Front or other extremist fighters who posed a clear threat to the mission endanger the safety and security of the United Nations personnel. It should be noted here that from information posted on social media as well as in the course of its efforts to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the United Nations learned that its personnel had been taken and held by members of the Nusra Front. There were indications that the Nusra Front intended to detain additional UNDOF personnel and take from UNDOF more weapons and vehicles as opportunities arose. (…)

12. Crossing of the ceasefire line by civilians, primarily shepherds, was observed on an almost daily basis. On 24 October, United Nations observation post 73 observed 12 IDF soldiers who detained one civilian between the Alpha line and the Israeli technical fence south-east of the observation post and subsequently took him away. IDF informed UNDOF that they released the person within one hour at the same location. On 27 October, position 80 observed two IDF soldiers east of the technical fence returning from the direction of the Alpha line towards the technical fence. UNDOF observed IDF opening the technical fence gate and letting two individuals pass from the Bravo to the Alpha side. Following the evacuation of UNDOF personnel from position 85 on 28 August, UNDOF sporadically observed armed members of the opposition interacting with IDF across the ceasefire line in the vicinity of United Nations position 85.

23.07.2018 - 14:55 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014) UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

03.05.2018 - 14:15 [ ORF.at ]

Syrische Rebellen bereiten weiter Abzüge vor

Zahlreiche Rebellengruppen wurden inzwischen zum Abzug aus ihren Bastionen bei Damaskus gezwungen. Unter dem Druck der Armee willigten zuletzt auch frühere Al-Kaida-Kämpfer des Dschihadistenbündnisses Hajat Tahrir al-Scham ein, das palästinensische Flüchtlingslager Jarmuk zu räumen.

08.04.2018 - 19:37 [ Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ]

In Syria, Rebel Victories At Ramouseh Come With A Price

(6.8.2016) But this battle also comes at a price — a key Al-Qaeda-linked group has helped spearhead the attack on the city. Operating under the umbrella organization Jaish al-Fatah, Army of Conquest, the newly rebranded Al-Nusra Front, now Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, used suicide sappers and tunnel bombs to break open the Syrian Army’s battle lines and main defenses, through which various rebel groups are now streaming. As David Patrikarakos explained for RFE/RL on August 4, while many more moderate rebel groups also played very important roles, Al-Qaeda’s leading role may impact the entire trajectory of the war moving forward.