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Hamas arrests two accused of firing rockets

April 4, 2013

Resisting Reistance

Published Thursday, April 4, 2013
Hamas, which governs in the Gaza strip, has arrested two hardline Islamists in connection with rocket attacks fired across the border, sources close to a Salafist group said Thursday.

The Hamas interior ministry, however, denied any arrests had been made for “resistance against the occupation.”

Hamas’s “internal security apparatus in the last two days arrested two mujahedeen. One was released after several hours. The other is still detained,” a Salafist source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The source said it was part of a “campaign to pursue Salafists after the targeting of Israel with rockets.”

A Gaza-based Salafist group claimed firing rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday that landed in open fields, causing no damage or casualties. In response, Israel carried out two air strikes, also without causing harm.

Crossfire between Gaza and Israel began on Tuesday after the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian prisoner who died from cancer after allegedly being denied medical treatment in Israeli jails.

Protests and clashes have erupted in the West Bank as a response, and many cities observed a general strike Wednesday.

Two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead late Wednesday in one of the clashes by an Israeli army military post in Tulkarem.

The Islamist movement Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, has regularly cracked down on hardline Salafists in the territory, notably in 2009.

“Our security apparatus is part of the resistance and does not arrest anyone who resists the occupation. On the contrary, we encourage resistance,” Islam Shahwan, interior ministry spokesman, said.

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, meanwhile, urged “the rational-minded in Hamas to pressure its security to release Salafists” in a statement on Thursday.

In response to the rocket attacks Israel has tightened a maritime restriction barring Gaza fishermen from operating more than three nautical miles off the Mediterranean coast.

The already stringent limits were tightened from six miles on March 21 after Salafist militants fired two rockets at southern Israel as US President Barack Obama was visiting the country.

Israel also closed down Kerem Shalom, Gaza’s only goods crossing, and imposed tight restrictions on travel into and out of the territory via the northern Erez terminal which was limited to medical emergencies only.

A week later, the restrictions on the two crossings were lifted and Kerem Shalom and Erez began operating as normal.

But the fishing limitations were left in place, Palestinian officials said, with the Israeli army confirming it was a political decision taken after an uptick in rocket fire this week.
Last week, two Israeli rights groups Gisha and B’Tselem, demanded that Israel lift the fishing restrictions, saying the measure amounted to “collective punishment.”

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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US official: "Qatar acting like the ‘mouse that roared’ …

April 1, 2013


MEPGS: Excerpts;

“…President Obama’s trip to Israel was widely hailed as a great success. Though, in the opinion of many, long overdue [State Department officials were urging the White House to reach out to the Israeli public from the time of his 2009 Cairo speech to the Moslem World]. Nonetheless, even the President’s most vocal critics, privately conceded that it was, at least, a major public relations coup. And by pulling off a last minute phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Turkish counterpart Prime Minister Erdogan, which seems to have resulted in the beginnings of a rapproachment between the one time allies and close friends of the US, he also appeared to add substance to his visit.. 

Nonetheless, his visit and that of his newly minted Secretary of State, John Kerry, made little in the way of progress on the most intractable problems in the region. As one State Department official put it, “We have gotten nowhere on the Iranian nuclear issue, Syria continues its slide into ever more violent chaos and little remarked upon but uppermost in the minds of many of us, is the downward economic and political spiral that is occuring in Egypt.
The latter issue was the subject of intense discussions between Kerry and Gulf leaders in Riyadh. While Syria may have topped their list of concerns, the US pressed first and most vigorously on the question of aid to Egypt. The Moslem Brotherhood-led government of Mohamed Morsi has, in the words of one US expert “badly mismanaged” the Egyptian economy. An International Monetary Fund delegation, which visited Cairo 10 days ago, was again frustrated in its attempts to get Morsi & Co. to deal with the ruinous state of the Egyptian economy, first by reducing, if not eliminating state subsidies [To be fair to Morsi, says one State Department veteran, when former President Mubarak tried to reduce food subsidies, his efforts were met by wide spread rioting]. Still, Kerry tried to push the wealthy Gulf States to provide financial support, or at least investment in Egypt. But the answer, according to well-placed US officials, was a resounding `No’.
In fact, US officials consider some of the Gulf states to be working against the current Egyptian regime. In particular, the United Arab Emirates has been vocal in its opposition to the “Brothers”. Meanwhile, there are a number of wealthy Saudi supporters of the even more radical Salafists in Egypt, and they have become more active than ever. As one veteran US official sums up the situation: “Egypt is too big to fail. This is a country that controls one of the world’s most important waterways [The Suez Canal] and whose population comprises one quarter of the Arab world]….the US has been unable to “light a fire” under the Gulfis on Egypt, the reverse can be said to be the case with the Gulf states’, led by Qatar, to get the US more involved in the chaos that is now Syria. Once again acting like “The Mouse that Roared,” Qatar has led the charge to overthrow the Assad regime in Damascus. …. But to the Gulf states and increasingly our French and British allies, the goal of Assad’s removal as soon as possible trumps the concerns about which group will gain the upper hand if the regime in Damascus collapses. …

If published reports are accurate, there has been some movement by the Administration towards greater involvement. “With increased humanitarian aid, some covert support based in Jordan and the high profile visit by Kerry to Baghdad to persuade the Iraqis to stop facilitating Iranian supplies to Assad, we are, says one US official, willy-nilly winding up on the side of the Sunnis, in their fight against Iran” (and the so-called Shia-arc that stretches from Teheran to Beirut). …”

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March 29, 2013

Posted on March 28, 2013 by Libya 360°

10 University Students Martyred by Terrorists’ Mortar Shell in Damascus

Mar 28, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA)- 10 students were martyred and others were injured by a mortar shell fired by terrorists which fell inside the cafeteria of the Faculty of Architectural Engineering in Damascus on Thursday.
SANA reporter quoted Rector of the University of Damascus, Mohammad Amer al-Mardini, as saying that 10 students were martyred and 29 others were injured by the shell, two of them are in critical condition.
“No one, in any position in the world, can imagine there is a an act more criminal than this one,” added al-Mardini, noting that “If the aim behind this criminal act was to close the University of Damascus, with its history and deep-rootedness, then we stress that it won’t shut down in defiance of the enemies.”
The Rector offered condolences “to the homeland and the martyrs’ families as well as the University of Damascus over this painful tragedy,” wishing the injured students a speedy recovery.
SANA reporter said the mortar shell fell on the Faculty’s cafeteria directly, causing material damage to the site.
A source at the Police Command in Damascus said another mortar shell fell in the surrounding of the Opera House without causing casualties, noting that two citizens were injured by two other shells which fell at the old Damascus Fair.

Ministry of Higher Education Condemns the Terrorist Acts

Ministry of Higher Education condemned the terrorist act which led to the martyrdom of ten students and injuring others at the Architectural Engineering Faculty in Damascus.
The Ministry affirmed that Syrian Universities and institutes will remain centers for spreading science and knowledge, in addition to refuting the criminal thought practiced by the armed terrorist groups.

The Ministry offered condolences to the martyrs’ families, wishing quick recovery to the wounded students.

It announced suspension of work the in all government and private universities and higher institutes, in addition to suspending work in the governmental hospitals for 5 minutes at 12.00 midday on Monday as a mourning on martyrs souls.

Students of Damascus University organize a mourning stand for the souls of their colleagues
Students of Damascus University organized a mourning stand for the souls of their colleagues who were martyred at the Faculty of Architectural Engineering in Damascus , affirming that terrorism will not frighten them to continue the march of education.
The participants lit candles at the site of the terrorist attack, stressing that the bloods of martyrs would not be futile.

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A view of the entrance to the Damascus University, Syria (file photo)
A view of the entrance to the Damascus University, Syria (file photo)

At least 15 students have been killed in Syria after foreign-sponsored militants targeted the Damascus University with mortar shells, Press TV reports.

The projectiles landed inside the canteen of the university’s Faculty of Architecture on Thursday. More than 20 other students sustained injuries in the attack.

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire on a passenger minibus with machine guns near Jdeidet Artouz – a suburb southwest of Damascus.

Local officials said the attack took place on the al-Arbaeen Highway opposite police housing compounds.

A medical source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the bodies of a baby girl and a young man had arrived at the al-Muwasat Hospital in the district, adding that an injured person is receiving treatment at the hospital.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting in the country are foreign nationals.

Mortal Combat: Bloodshed in Syria ramps up, no peaceful solution to crisis

Published on 28 Mar 2013

Mortar shells have been fired at Damascus university, killing at least 15 people and wounding another 20, according to Syria’s state television. The government blames rebels for the attack, which comes amid intensified fighting between the army and the opposition around the capital. Journalist Abdullah Mawazini joins RT studio from Damascus.

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Tunisia Sets Up Cells to Combat Salafist Tide, Jihadists Recruitment in Syria

March 27, 2013
Local Editor
Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddo Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddo announced Tuesday the formation of “crisis cells to combat terrorist activities” that threaten the country’s security, in addition to a committee that studies the “cyber crimes.”

“We have launched the creation of crisis cells to monitor terrorist activities on the border (with Libya and Algeria) and in the interior, faced with the rise of the radical Salafist movement and the existence of recruitment networks,” the Minister told parliament.
“The High Security Council will hold weekly to follow up those issues,” Ben Jeddo revealed, stating that a new department of the Judicial Police will be formed to deal with cyber crimes.

“A draft law was discussed in December 2012 in the former cabinet (headed by Hamadi Jebali) for the creation of “Technical Agency of Communication” as an independent body concerned in the legal aspects and cyber crimes.


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Tunisian Jihadists Fighting in Syria

March 26, 2013

By: Nesrine Hamedi Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
اقرا المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية
The subject of foreign jihadists coming to fight in Syria is nothing new. But the issue of Tunisian fighters who have flocked by the dozens over Syria’s borders, passing through a long process of enlistment and training, has garnered a great deal of attention in recent days. It has shed light on the events transpiring behind the scenes of the jihadist journey to Syria, and upon those forces driving it.
At present, Tunisia estimates that around 40% of foreign jihadists in Syria hold Tunisian nationality. More than two-thirds of them are fighting in the ranks of Jabhat al-Nusra.

A number of their families have organized demonstrations demanding that the authorities return their sons to Tunisia. At the same time, the Guide of the Ennahda Party, Rachid al-Ghannouchi, took the occasion as an opportunity to stress that his movement was not responsible for the phenomenon.

For his part, President Moncef Marzouki minimized the gravity of the issue by noting that “their numbers don’t amount to much” even as representatives in the Constituent Assembly demanded that the authorities identify the organizations now dispatching Tunisian youth to Syria. The Tunisian press has been occupied with exposing the extent of this phenomenon and its various aspects.

The details of the journey undertaken by Tunisian jihadists embarking for Syria say a great deal about a country where jihadist propaganda is spreading at an alarming pace and a grinding war for which foreign jihadists provide a continuing source of fuel. More important than either is the foreign hand moving events. According to this Tunisian narrative now circulating, this hand is that of Qatar.
On March 12, the Tunisian newspaper El-Shorouk released a detailed report, citing the Asia News Agency, stating that dozens of Tunisians had recently been killed in Syria. It included their names, their pictures, and their home provinces, as well as the places and dates of their deaths in Syria. It noted that most jihadists originated from the town of Ben Guerdane, south of Tunis.

The town of Ben Guerdane, located in the Medenine province near the Tunisian-Libyan border, is one of the largest exporters of jihadists to Syria. Former head of al-Qaeda in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is reputed to have said, “if Ben Guerdane had been located next to Fallujah, we would have liberated Iraq.”

According to El-Shorouk, Qatar is funneling money to Tunisian NGOs to recruit jihadists and dispatch them to Syria. From Qatar, these networks obtain “a pledge of $3,000 in exchange for every Tunisian youth who enlists.”

Al-Wasit, another Tunisian newspaper, printed another report detailing the isolation of these youths in military camps in the desert triangle between Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, and how they are subsequently transported to Turkey. There they are welcomed by other organizations who insert them into Syrian territory. They are given only a rushed period of training which, according to the paper, “facilitates their death or capture.”

According to As-Safir’s sources, jihadist groups in Libya have established training camps in the Ghadames province, which is no further than 70 km from the Tunisian border. These young men receive some military training and are then transferred to the Zawiyah province, where they complete their training in a period of 20 days. From there they are transferred to Brega port for the voyage to Istanbul and thence to the Syrian borders. At that point, they are handed over to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat al-Nusrah.

According to these investigations, Lebanon might be another destination for Tunisian jihadists alongside Turkey. In the event a Tunisian jihadist seeks to join the FSA in Aleppo or other northern Syrian cities near to the border, they cross over from Turkey. If they wish to fight near Damascus, the surrounding countryside or other nearby areas, then they come through Lebanon.

If Qatar is the main suspect in this process, the sources of funding for these movements remain a subject of debate among observers. Some information indicates that the secrecy of Tunisian authorities indicates that some of their leaders may be complicit in funding, aiding and dispatching Tunisian young men to wage jihad in Mali and Syria.

According to El-Shorouk, “some members of the Constituent Assembly has a direct relationship with these associations and are fully aware of their activities”. The paper promised to publish the complete details of officials’ involvement soon.

But the associations —or even government officials, should their involvement be proven — lack any authority to compel these youths to wage jihad. They do so of their own free will. The phenomenon itself sheds light on the extent to which ideological extremism is spreading in the Tunisian street.
Before the revolution of Jan. 14, many organizations warned of jihadist cells emerging in Tunisia radicalizing unemployed youth with the intent of using them in jihad-related activities. These young men have been radicalized both through a proselytizing effort in the mosques and in more private settings.

In this context, the sister of Ahmad Al-Tuhami, one of the young men killed in Syria, told As-Safir: “After the revolution, Ahmed started to frequent a mosque in the province of Sousse. Then he told us that he was determined to head to Libya to find work in the construction sector. He never came back. After that, we didn’t hear anything from him until the Al-Dunya Channel broadcast his confession of infiltrating Syrian soil by way of Turkey.”

The families of these jihadists are also demanding that humanitarian organizations lend their weight to the cause of bringing their sons home. An official in the Tunisian League for Human Rights told As-Safir that “quite frankly, getting them back would be a very difficult process. Almost impossible for us, as a civil society organization. Even for the government it would be extremely difficult, since diplomatic ties between the two countries have been severed.” She noted that it was possible for the Tunisian government to confront this phenomenon by tightening border security and undertaking a serious investigation to uncovering the identity of those behind luring the finest Tunisian youth to participate in these terrorist acts.

It is worth mentioning here that a number of those who have gone to Syria have fought in Libya against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. Tunisian press and observers are agreed that they are not acting as mercenaries, but rather seek to carry out the genuine convictions with which they have been indoctrinated by jihadist recruiters in their country.

The general climate in post-revolutionary Tunisia encourages the proliferation of this phenomenon, as does the laxness and disregard exhibited by the ruling Ennahda party in its dealings with Salafist Jihadist groups. Perhaps Tunisia’s granting of political asylum to the Jordanian Abu Qitadah — who issued a fatwa permitting the killing of women and children in Algeria on the pretext that they failed to support the jihadists in that country of a million martyrs — is the best example of the Tunisian government’s indulgent attitude.

On the other hand, the government’s opposition believe that the reason for the government’s behavior lies in Ennahda’s need for Salafist votes in the coming elections.

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March 25, 2013

You are all invited to the Salafi BBQ taking place in Australia in honor of the Salafi Syrian Revolution ! You should not miss on that.. You will finally meet the real heroes of this world : the bearded ones about whom you’ve heard so much . Because if you think that there is a revolution in Syria , then you are totally mistaken ! It’s a barbecue that you’ve got in Syria… ! A big barbecue that you are not close to forget , the BBQ of the bearded Salafis that is unlike any other BBQ . This is the real BBQ where in the name of religion you roast your victims . For this reason the revolutionaries of Australia have decided to reproduce -in Australia itself – the great BBQ that is taking place in Syria and they are inviting everybody over , so get yourself ready to go through the experience of your life . The revolutionary Salafi BBQ will not be restricted to roasting and eating, it will include other activities as well ,. You will have to watch the Salafis in action and their glorious deeds offered to uplift humanity, inspired by the great revolutionary leader and Barbecue eater the prince of Qatar and his wife Moza of the latest fashion . The main revolutionary characteristic -according the the Salafi BBQ eaters- is your eating capacity and – for this reason- the prince of Qatar has got the lead . Many revolutionary activities will figure on the program among them a competition of who devours his victim faster . The winner will get a free one way ticket to Saudia offered by the revolutionary King of Saudia himself . Other presents will be distributed to competitors mainly fake long beards from all the colors , you can chose the color of your taste and take your picture next to Hillary or Obama. ! A wonderful evening you will spent with the Salafis of Australia ! Some of them have freshly returned from Syria and have so many wonderful stories and will explain to you the roasting process in detail! Come along in great numbers and enjoy the eating , the competition and the show. Non cannibals abstain ! LONG LIVE THE BBQ REVOLUTION of the Syrian Opposition !!

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The Real background Bouti’s position on the crisis in Syria

March 22, 2013
الخلفية الحقيقية لموقف البوطي من الأحداث في سوريا

أوقات الشام

بدأت الأزمة السورية في الخامس عشر من آذار مارس ٢٠١١، ولم يكن حينها للشيخ محمد سعيد رمضان البوطي موقف حميم من النظام السوري، بل إنه كان معروفاً عند الموالين بأنه واحد من أشد مناكفي النظام، ومن أخطر المعارضين له، فهو المرجعية الدينية السنية الأعلى في بلاد الشام، الذي له احترام واسع جداً في كافة أرجاء العالم الإسلامي، وهو حامي التيار الإسلامي تحت حكم النظام، وهو الراعي الرسمي للتنظيمات المعروفة باسم القبيسيات، وهو المجادل عن الفكر الإسلامي في مواجهة علمانية النظام

ومع اندلاع الاحداث التي شارك فيها عدد محدود من السوريين، سرعان ما بدل البوطي موقفه ووقف مع النظام ، بعد أن استشعر خطر ما أسماه أنصاره “الغزو السلفي للشارع السني في سوريا باسم الثورات العربية“. في تلك المرحلة، دعا البوطي إلى التهدئة، وتخوف من فتنة تطيح باستقرار الشعب السوري وتؤدي إلى التقسيم، لذا قام على رأس وفد من علماء الشام بزيارة الرئيس بشار الأسد وطرح أمامه هواجسه من أن تؤدي الأحداث الى كارثة على سوريا تطيح بوحدة الشعب وتقضي على الدولة، فسمع من الرئيس كلاماً لخّصه بعض من شارك في الإجتماع بالقول، ” أبدى الرئيس تجاوبه الفوري مع كل المطالب التي حملها علماء الشام وعلى رأسهم الشيخ البوطي، ووعد الأسد زائريه بأنه سيدعو إلى حوار مباشر مع المتظاهرين وصولاً إلى تطبيق شامل لكل المطالب المشروعة التي ينادي بها المعارضون، والبوطي نفسه الذي ما اعتبر موقعه الديني إلا نداً نصوحاً للدولة وللحاكم. ويضيف أحد عارفي الشيخ البوطي عن قرب فيقول،

” لقد تحدث البوطي رحمه الله مع الأسد بشفافية شديدة ووجه إلى الدولة انتقادات لاذعة، ولكنه قدم ما يمكن اعتباره عهداً إلى الأسد نص على أن البوطي سيمنع الفتنة الأهلية بعمامته وسيقف سداً أمام من سيتدخلون لتخريب سوريا من الخارج، بشرط أن يفِ الرئيس بمطالب المتظاهرين التي منها الكثير مما طالب به البوطي مراراً“.
فلما التزم الأسد بوعوده، حينها فتح الشيخ محمد سعيد رمضان البوطي صفحة جديدة لعلاقة وطيدة مع نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، فرغم معارضته لنظام البعث طوال مسيرته الدينية والسياسية، ورعايته لمن بقي في سوريا من معارضي الرئيس حافظ الأسد، بعد أن قضى الأخير على تنظيم الإخوان المسلمين في الداخل، إلا ان المسيرة السياسية للشيخ الشامي الكردي الاصل، وازنت بين رفض الواقع المرفوض والممكن اصلاحه، ورفض المجهول الغير مأمون العواقب لسوء سيرة الداعين اليه والقائمين به (الاخوان الفتنويين والتكفيريين السلفيين) ، بحسب وصف “عدي عربي كاتبي”، احد معارف الشيخ الراحل.

هو المفكر الإسلامي المرموق، الذي اشتهر منذ أكثر من نصف قرن كمرجعية دينية وفقهية في مختلف بلدان العالم الإسلامي، وتتلمذ على دروسه وأفكاره آلاف من رجال الدين المنتشرين في مختلف بقاع الأرض. البوطي وقف إلى جانب النظام في محنة اعتبر أنها لا تمس الحكم تحديداً، إنما كانت تستهدف السوريين السُنة، الذين يتبعون الإسلام “الشامي” العريق، ورأى أن الخطر ليس من النظام، بل من مسعى السعوديين إلى تبديل مذهب أهل السنة السوريين، وتحويلهم إلى وهابيين، كما اعتبر أن “الثورة ” التي ينادي بها المعارضون، ليست سوى وجهاً جديداً لعملة باتت معروفة، ألا وهي ” استغلال دعوات الاصلاح والثورة لتسويق الوهابية التي لا تعترف لا بثورة ولا بديمقراطية “. موقفه الرافض لما اسماه تلامذة الشيخ “بدع الوهابية”، دفعه إلى الوقوف في وجه ثورة أساسها برأيه التحريض الوهابي الخليجي ضد الاسلام السني الشامي“. وكان البوطي من أبرز المعارضين للوهابية، لدرجة أنه كان يرفض أي تمويل سعودي قطري، لأي مجموعة خيرية، معتبراً ان في “الشام”، أي سوريا، رجال أعمال وممولين قادرين على تمويل العمل الخيري. رفضه للتمويل القطري والسعودي لم يكن عن عبث أو عنصرية “شامية”، فرجل الدين السوري، كان واعياً للمخطط الوهابي الذي تسعى كل من الدولتين العربيتين إلى نشره في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، بعدما نجحت في نشره في شمال افريقيا وجنوب شرق آسيا، معتبراً أنها حرب وهابية على الإسلام السني. خلال فترة الاحتجاجات عام ٢٠١١، رفض البوطي الحراك الشعبي وانتقد المحتجين، ودعاهم إلى «عدم الإنقياد وراء الدعوات المجهولة المصدر التي تحاول استغلال المساجد لإثارة الفتن والفوضى في سوريا». للشيخ البوطي أتباع في مختلف دول العالم الإسلامي، إن كان في السعودية، التي يعانون من اضطهادها الأمرين، من جهة قمعهم واعتقالهم، أو حتى في العراق، وهم الذين نقلوا إليه كيف تحولت الأنبار من مذهب أهل السنة إلى الوهابية المتطرفة، وكذلك الأمر في السودان ومصر واليمن. تجدر الإشارة إلى ان البوطي ورغم حياده بين الاخوان والنظام في الصراع الذي حصل بينهم في نهاية السبعينيات وبداية الثمانينات، الا انه هو من أم صلاة الجنازة التي اقيمت للرئيس الراحل حافظ الاسد، بعدما شكل بموقعه الشخصي العباءة التي حمت التيار الديني، ووسعت من نفوذ العاملين في الشأن الاسلامي في سورية رغم قمع النظام للحركات السياسية الساعية للسلطة باسم الاسلام. أفكاره وارائه

يعد البوطي من علماء الدين السنة المتخصصين في العقائد والفلسفات المادية وقد ألف كتاباٌ في نقد المادية الجدلية، لكنه من الناحية الفقهية يعتبر مدافعاً عن الفقه الإسلامي المذهبي والعقيدة السنية الأشعرية في وجه الآراء السلفية، له كتاب في ذلك بعنوان “اللامذهبية أكبر بدعة تهدد الشريعة الإسلامية”، وآخر بعنوان “السلفية مرحلة زمنية مباركة وليست مذهب إسلامي، ولم تكن علاقته أيضا بجماعة الإخوان المسلمين التي كانت تعتبره مرجعا دينياً لها في فترة سابقة بالجيدة، كما كان من نابذي التوجهات السياسية والعنف المسلح، وقد سبّب ظهور كتابه “الجهاد في الإسلام” عام ١٩٩٣، في إعادة الجدل القائم بينه وبين بعض التيارات السياسية ذات التوجهات الإسلامية. يعتبر ابنه توفيق وريثه الفقهي، وله ايضاً انصار واتباع كثر مثل والده وهو يشغل موقعاً هاماً على الصعيد الشعبي في دمشق وعموم سوريا. وفي حين تبرأ المعارضون من قضية اغتياله، الا ان الطريقة التي قتل فيها تشير إلى أن مرتكبي فعل الاغتيال هم من التنظيمات السلفية المقاتلة، فقد قال شهود عيان، ” إن الانتحاري الذي فجر نفسه وسط مريدي الشيخ البوطي في مسجد الايمان في حي المزرعة الدمشقي”، صرخ مكبراً ثلاث مرات قبل ان يضغط على زر التفجير ويقتل نفسه ومن حوله.
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March 20, 2013

Posted on March 19, 2013 by Libya 360°
Both the designation of the US citizen, Ghassan Hitto as “interim Prime Minister” by the SNC, and Aron Lund’s myth-shattering report “The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist”, make it increasingly clear that the Syrian opposition (and by Syrian opposition I mean the FSA and the Syrian National Coalition) today is little more than a PR stunt engineered by the US & allies and sustained by corporate media and a slick social media campaign.

As detailed by Lund’s study, the FSA is nothing but a branding operation which refers to the uprising in general, or more specifically, to the non-Islamist rebel groups. Elsewhere, Lund asserts that “virtually all of the major armed groups have by now declared that they want an Islamic state,” suggesting that most of the rebels belong to Salafi and Salafi jihadi groups. In other words, the notion of a secular armed opposition is a media creation.

Add to the myth of the FSA, Hitto’s appointment as PM of Nothing Really, and one begins to understand just how much more of a psycho-ops than a pysch-ops campaign we are dealing with, which aims to remold reality in the crudest attempt at wish fulfillment and mass-delusion. Not even language has escaped the new psycho-ops, as concepts like legitimacy have now been re-conceptualized to mean whatever- the US recognizes, such as when it arbitrarily decides that the SNC is “the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people”.

So over and above the concepts of “popular legitimacy” and “constitutional legitimacy”, we now have the oxymoronic notion of “external legitimacy” which can seemingly exist without either of the other two types.

Just to put things in perspective: The Syrian government is not up against some fantasy Syrian “opposition” but against foreign- backed Salafis, Jihadis and al-Qaeda inspired groups who are not merely Islamists but vehemently sectarian Islamists whose modus operandi includes terrorist bombings and executions. And there is no actual Syrian executive other than President Bashar al-Assad. And no amount of psych-ops or psycho-ops will change either of these facts.

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Syria Raids “Unacceptable”: Thus said the so-called "President"

March 19, 2013


The airstrike comes less than a week after Syria threatened to attack Lebanese territory if“terrorist gangs” continue to infiltrate the country. On Thursday, Syria submitted a letter of protest to Lebanese authorities, complaining of “violations of the neighboring country’s territory on the border.”

Syrian warplane strikes Lebanese border

Published Monday, March 18, 2013  

Syrian air force jets fired four rockets at a remote section of the border with Lebanon on Monday, security sources said, four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier.

“Syrian planes bombed the border between Lebanon and Syria but I cannot yet say if they hit Lebanese territory or only Syrian territory,” a high-ranking military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A Lebanese security services official on the ground told AFP that four missiles were fired at Syrian rebel positions on the Lebanese side of the border.

The warplanes hit Wadi al-Khayl, an uninhabited agricultural area in the Bekaa Valley near the town of Ersal, Al-Akhbar‘s correspondent reported. He added that not all of the four missiles had reached Lebanon, but that the area had not yet been investigated.
There were no reports of casualties from the air strike.

Lebanon has a policy of dissociation from the two-year civil war in Syria, but the conflict has already exacerbated tensions in the country, as many express fear that it could spill over into Lebanon.

Missiles fired by Syrian warplanes hit Lebanese territory
Sept. 18, 2012 

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that a “large number” of militants had crossed Lebanon’s northern border into the Syrian town of Tel Kalakh last week.

“Syria expects the Lebanese side to prevent these armed terrorist groups from using the borders as a crossing point, because they target Syrian people and are violating Syrian sovereignty,” it said in a message to the Lebanese government, according to state media.

It said Syria’s “patience is not unlimited”, even though “Syrian forces have so far exercised restraint from striking at armed gangs inside Lebanese territory.”

On Saturday, a Lebanese government source said Beirut was taking the warning “very seriously” and that “intensive consultations are underway to find the best way to control the border.”
Lebanon’s president Michel Sleiman on Saturday urged “neutrality” in the Syrian conflict, and warned against sending fighters into Syria.

The conflict has not always been contained within Syria, as stray mortar shells and bullets occasionally cross the country’s borders.

(Al-Akhbar, Reuters, AFP)

قال العميد اللبناني المتقاعد أمين حطيط في حديث لقناة “روسيا اليوم” انه “قبل معالجة التهديد السوري او التحذير (ازاء تجمع المسلحين على الحدود اللبنانية) يجب الاطلاع على الوضع الميداني القائم شمال وشمال-شرق لبنان، حيث حول السلفيون والاخوان المسلمون وتيار المستقبل هذه المنطقة الواقعة شمال خط عرسال-طرابلس الى منطقة تحشد للمسلحين ومخيمات تدريب وقواعد لوجستية ينطلق منها المسلحون في ثلاثة اتجاهات، شمالا الى محيط تل كلخ، وباتجاه الشمال الشرقي، وباتجاه الشرق، وبالتالي بات لبنان منطلقا لاعمال الارهاب ضد سورية”.

وبالنسبة الى الاتهامات بأن حزب الله يقدم مساعدة ميدانية للجيش السوري، اوضح حطيط انه “يجب التمييز بين الدعم السياسي والممارسة العسكرية”، مؤكدا ان ادعاء تقديم دعم ميداني “ادعاء كاذب تلفقه جماعات المسلحين في سورية وحلفائها في لبنان، وليس له دليل وليس له قرينة”.

وتابع قائلا ان “المسلحين السوريين وغير السوريين الذين ينطلقون من الارض اللبنانية هم من يهدد الامن والاستقرار في سورية”.

ونوه بأن “قواعد القانون الدولي تنص انه اما على الدولة (في هذه الحال لبنان) ان تقوم بنفسها بمنع تشكل حالات الخطر، او على الدولة المعتدى عليها (سورية) ان تقوم بمعالجة الامر”.

ولفت العميد الى ان “الاتفاقية الامنية الموقعة بين لبنان وسورية تفرض كذلك على لبنان اتخاذ كافة التدابير لمنع تحول الارض اللبنانية الى قواعد انطلاق تهدد الامن السوري، كما انها تعطي الطرف الآخر حق التصرف للدفاع عن نفسه”.

وتابع ان “ما صدر عن الحكومة السورية على لسان وزارة خارجيتها ينطبق تماما مع قواعد القانون الدولي، ونعتبر انه (التحذير) حتى تأخر وكان يجب ان يصدر قبل 6-8 اشهر”.

وشدد امين حطيط مختتما حديثه على ان “النظام السوري لا يمكن ان يقبل فكرة الملاذ الآمن في لبنان (…) واعتقد انه جاد في تحذيره لأن الامر لم يعد محتملا”.


عباس ضاهر

عندما كانت الأنباء تتوالى عن استهداف الطائرات السورية لمقرات تابعة للمسلحين في جرود عرسال، كان أحد المطّلعين في لبنان يقول: انها البداية.
غارات عدة شنّها سلاح الجو السوري على مواقع للمجموعات المسلحة في القصير ومناطق لبنانية متداخلة مع الأراضي السورية …

وتحديداً في خربة داوود وخربة يونين، حيث يتخذ المسلحون مقرات للإنطلاق نحو استهداف الجيش السوري.
الغارات الجوية تتزامن مع تطورات ميدانية بعد فشل المجموعات بالسيطرة على الطريق الذي يربط ريف دمشق بمحافظة حمص، ولم تحقق أشرس المعارك أي تقدم للمسلحين في جوسيه، للوصول إلى منطقة النبك وقاره والقلمون، وتأمين خط آمن من القصير مروراً بسلسلة جبال لبنان الشرقية عبر جرود القاع-عرسال وصولاً إلى القرى السورية المقابلة.
من هنا تتظهر الأهمية الإستراتيجية لتلك المساحة الجغرافية التي تحدد مسار المعارك الممّولة عتاداً وعديداً عبر لبنان.
مصدر سوري مسؤول لا يستبعد أن تتكرر العمليات العسكرية السورية بإستهداف مراكز المسلحين، “بعد عجز لبنان عن الوفاء بإلتزاماته الحدودية”، وإن كان المصدر لا يحدد طبيعة وحجم تلك العمليات التي تبدو مفتوحة إلى أبعد مدى مع فتح أبواب النار، لكنه يدافع عن حق بلاده بضرب أية مواقع للمقاتلين الذين يشنون الهجومات المسلحة من الأراضي اللبنانية ويعودون للإحتماء فيها.
القرار إتخذ في سوريا بملاحقة المجموعات وضربها في لبنان قبل دخولها إلى الأراضي السورية، ولا يقتصر الأمر على الحدود الشرقية، لأن الشمال يبدو مقصوداً بصورة أكبر نظراً لحجم العبور منه إلى سوريا، مع حديث لا يؤكده ولا ينفيه السوريون عن إستنفار جوي وبحري وبري واسع لإستهداف مراكز المسلحين ويملك الجيش السوري معلومات إستخباراتية عن حجم القوة وأعداد المقاتلين وكيفية التسليح والطرق التي يتحرك بها المسلحون وأماكن تواجدهم في شمال لبنان.
وتندرج الإشتباكات بين قرى حكر جنين والقشلق في عكار وإدلين في سوريا في سياق سيتدرج لنقل المعارك من داخل الحدود السورية الى خارجها. ستتوسع رقعة النار، ما يفرض تغييراً في تكتيكات القتال، لكنه يعرّض المناطق اللبنانية المحاذية للحدود إلى خطر قد يؤدي إلى نزوح القاطنين، وضغوط تتردد صداها أبعد من دائرة لبنان.
ويبدو في هذا الاطار أن السوريين لا يهتمون لمواقف لبنان الإعتراضية إن حصلت، بعد تقديم دمشق “عشرات الشكاوى” كانت آخرها رسالة التحذير الدبلوماسية التي تبلغتها الخارجية اللبنانية، إضافة إلى تحذيرات عدة نقلها أصدقاء أو أبلغها السفير السوري علي عبدالكريم علي للمعنيين، علماً أن سوريا قدّمت للأمم المتحدة معلومات موثّقة عن إتخاذ المسلحين المتطرفين لبنان منصة لإستهداف الأراضي السورية دون أن يُرصد أي إكتراث دولي في البيان الرئاسي الأممي الذي صدر مؤخرا،ً سوى التحذير من هزّ الإستقرار في لبنان.
ويتحدث المصدر السوري نفسه عن تقصير لبناني تحت عنوان النأي بالنفس، ويسأل: “أي نأي، والتسليح قائم على مرأى الدولة اللبنانية وبعض أجهزتها؟ أين النأي بالنفس أمام تهريب المسلحين الناشطين ليلاً نهاراً وتمويلهم ومساعدتهم أحياناً وغض الطرف عن وصول الهيئات الداعمة لهم العربية والغربية؟”.
وتأتي تطورات الحدود اللبنانية-السورية لتؤكّد أنها لن تكون عابرة هذه المرة بإستهداف دمشق للخاصرة الرخوة والحلقة المحيطة الأضعف، ومن هنا جاء التحرك الأميركي-الفرنسي السريع لإدانة “خرق السيادة اللبنانية من قبل سوريا”، في وقت كانت إسرائيل تسرح للمرة الثامنة والثلاثين هذا الشهر فوق سماء لبنان، وتلقي قنابل مضيئة فوق بحر صور دون إعتراض في تصريح دولي، لا من الشرق ولا الغرب ، بحسب موقع النشرة.

( الثلاثاء 2013/03/19 SyriaNow)

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France Increases its Support to Terrorists in Syria

March 19, 2013
Yusuf Fernandez

In late February, some international agencies reported that hundreds of foreign rebels were fleeing from the Idleb Province in Northwestern Syria through Turkey under the claim that they were planning to join al-Qaeda militants in Mali in order to fight against French troops deployed there.
terrorists in SyriaThe reason of this withdrawal is not clear.

Some observers said that the real reason behind it was the Syrian army´s offensive against terrorist groups in the province and the disappointment of some militants who have seen that their fight is not popular in Syria, as their recruiters had made them believe before going to Syria.

The irony is that France, which invaded Mali some weeks ago to theorically fight against radical groups in that country, will have to end up fighting against the same groups that the French government has been openly funding. These militants have used French money and training in Syria in order to gain combat experience and they will implement this newly-acquired knowledge against French troops in Mali.

According to observers, France has become the most prominent Western backer of Syria´s armed opposition and is now directly funding terrorist groups around Aleppo and other parts of the Arab country as part of a new attempt to overthrow the Syrian government. Large sums of money have been delivered by French government proxies across the Turkish border to rebel commanders, diplomatic sources have confirmed. The money has been used to buy weapons inside Syria and to fund armed operations against government forces.

Laurent FabiusOn March 14, French FM Laurent Fabius announced that France and the UK would ignore a EU ban on sending weapons to Syria in order to supply terrorist groups fighting there with more arms. The goal remains the same: to overthrow Bashar al Assad´s government. The French newspaper Le Figaro also reported in those days that French military advisers had recently met with rebel groups inside Syria, in an area between Lebanon and Damascus. It is worth pointing out that sending military personnel to a country without the permission of its government amounts to a military invasion.

Despite all this support, the political goal of France in Syria seems to be as far as ever. “Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the (opposition) coalition to power, has not happened”, acknowledged Fabius on January 24. In December 2012, he had claimed that the “end is nearing” for the Syrian president. A senior Lebanese official who visited France towards the end of last year told the daily Al Safir that “France was surprised by the fact that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, his regime and his army could resist”.

For its part, the Syrian government has condemned this French interference in its internal affairs. “France is acting like a hostile nation”, said National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar to AFP. “It is as if it wants to go back to the time of the occupation,” he added, referring to the French rule in Syria after World War I. Damascus has made it clear that France´s current policies will weaken or even eliminate its political, economic and cultural influence in Syria, maybe forever.

Moreover, France is now getting nervous about the possibility of reprisals from the al-Qaeda-linked groups, similar to those it is funding in Syria, for its intervention in Mali. On March 1, three suspected militants were arrested in southern France for allegedly planning an attack in the deays ahead, the Paris prosecutor said.

Change of foreign policy

The boomerang effect of supporting terrorism in Syria is just one of the disastrous consequences of the change of the French policy towards the Arab and Muslim world, which started when the pro-Israeli and pro-NATO Nicolas Sarkozy became President. Prior to that fact, France had gained a solid reputation due to its Gaullist foreign policy, one of whose pillars was the independence of the country with respect to the United States. In February 2003, French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin, was universally applauded when he opposed Colin Powell´s pathetic attempts to justify the then-forthcoming invasion of Iraq with blatant lies about the non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

French soldiers in MaliThe new French foreign policy, under influence of Zionist politicians such as Sarkozy himself, Bernard Kouchner or Laurent Fabius and Zionist activists as Bernard Henry-Levy, changed the equation. France began to promote pro-Israeli and neo-colonial policies in Africa and the Middle East, where France adopted an even more radical stance against Syria and Iran than any other Western country.
In Africa, Paris has increased its military presence in recent years. France´s intervention in Mali, with a contingent of 750 troops, has sought to bolster the Malian army against the al-Qaeda rebels, who have controlled the north of the country for about two years. However, the war in Mali is still beginning and, even worse, it is becoming another asymmetric and far-reaching war which could involve France for years, although Paris has repeatedly announced its willingness to evacuate its army from the African country as soon as possible.

Qatar, France´s ally, supported extremists in Mali

On the other hand, Qatar, which just happens to be a major ally of France in the Syrian question, has criticized Paris´s intervention in Mali arguing that the force would not solve the problem. French officials have openly accused Qatar of funding the Mali rebels.

Hamad, HollandeThe first accusations of Qatari involvement with Tuareg separatists and al-Qaeda-linked groups came in a June 2012 article in French weekly the Canard Enchainé. The publication quoted an unnamed source in French military intelligence saying: “The MNLA (secular Tuareg separatists), al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and MUJAO [movement for unity and Jihad in West Africa] have all received cash from Doha.” “The French government knows perfectly well who is supporting these terrorists. Qatar, for example, continues to send so-called aid and food every day to the airports of Gao and Timbuktu.”

The speculation is that Qatar is keen to increase its influence in Mali in order to develop business ties with this nation, which is believed to have significant oil, gas and uranium resources. Moreover, its presence in Mali “greatly increase the Emirate´s influence in West Africa and the Sahel region”, regional geopolitical expert Mehdi Lazar, who specialises on Qatar, wrote in French weekly news magazine L’Express in December. Qatar would also be trying to destabilize Algeria, one of the Arab countries remaining free from its political influence.

France, for its part, is determined to help the pro-French military junta rule the entire nation and sees Qatari activities in Mali with dismay. The Canard Echainé wrote: “Earlier this year, several notes from the DGSE (the French Intelligence Service) alerted the Elysee Palace on international activities and, dare we say, the emirate of Qatar.”

On 22 January, French news site France24 published an article entitled “Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali?” which claimed that Doha had taken sides with the Mali insurgents. According to author Segolene Allemandou, Qatari rulers aim to spread extremism in Africa with the help of these rebels. The subtle message was clear: the emirate´s support for terrorism will damage its long-term image in Europe.

Destroying a pluralist Syria

Assad praying at Sunni mosqueIn this context, everyone can understand that Saudi and Qatari support extremists who fight against a multifaith and multicultural Syria and against all the religious groups supporting interfaith cooperation and coexistence, such as mainstream Sunni Muslims, Shiites, Alawites and Christians. After all, in Saudi Arabia only the Wahabi current enjoys full religious freedom. The rest of the faiths are discriminated, persecuted or banned. But some people can find it difficult to understand why the West, including France, is allied with extremist Salafist groups persecuting Christians and destroying churches.

The anwer is that France and other Western governments are actually not interested in democracy or political and religious freedom but in pursuing their own political, strategic and economic interests at any cost. French aggressions in Africa have led to the death of thousands of innocent people and have ruined the lives of millions of others, not to mention its involvement in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. With its current policies towards Syria, Paris only tries to reimpose their neo-colonial yoke on that country. However, after many decades of independence and of enjoying their sovereignty, Syrian people are not willing to become slaves of European goverments or of corrupt, backward, terrorist-friendly and despotic regimes as the Saudi or the Qatari.

By funding and delivering weapons to terrorist groups, the French government, alongside with its allies, is not only violating the international law but it is also destroying the possibility of a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and leaving its resolution in the hands of the military. In this way, Syria´s friends should take good note of this fact and multiply their military aid to Syria in order to prevent their own interests from being damaged. The Syrian state is strong and its people is indomable, but there is no doubt that Syria will need all kind of support from free people in the world in order to resist this aggression.

Source: Al-Manar Website
18-03-2013 – 14:11 Last updated 18-03-2013 – 15:45

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