Syrian terrorists don’t want the war to end: “Funds poured in from the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia… They have become princes of war”

Appalling headline to glorify mass murderers by The Telegraph, UK!

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Syria dispatch: from band of brothers to princes of war

Syria dispatch: from band of brothers to princes of war

Members of the FSA chant slogans against Bashar al-Assad in the Aleppo province. Many fighters complain they are no longer battling for freedom. Photo: Reuters

 

By Ruth Sherlock, Antakya

5:00PM GMT 30 Nov 2013

The Free Syrian Army commander leant against the door of his four-wheel drive BMW X5 with tinted windows and watched as his men waded through the river on the Syrian border moving the barrels of smuggled petroleum to Turkey.

Feeling the smooth wedge of American bank notes he had just been given in exchange, he was suddenly proud of everything he had become.

In three short years he had risen from peasant to war lord: from a seller of cigarettes on the street of a provincial village to the ruler of a province, with a rebel group to man his checkpoints and control these lucrative smuggling routes.

The FSA, a collection of tenuously coordinated, moderately Islamic, rebel groups was long the focus of the West’s hopes for ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

But in northern Syria, the FSA has now become a largely criminal enterprise, with commanders more concerned about profits from corruption, kidnapping and theft than fighting the regime, according to a series of interviews with The Sunday Telegraph.

“There are many leaders in the revolution that don’t want to make the regime fall because they are loving the conflict,” said Ahmad al-Knaitry, commander of the moderate Omar Mokhtar brigade in the Jebel az-Zawiya area, south-west of Idlib city. “They have become princes of war; they spend millions of dollars, live in castles and have fancy cars.”

At the beginning of the Syrian war, cafés in Antakya, the dusty Turkish town on the border with Syria, was alive with talk of revolution.

Rebel commanders were often seen poring over maps discussing the next government target. Almost three years later the fight against Bashar al-Assad is long forgotten. Discussion now surrounds fears of the growing power of al-Qaeda’s Syrian outfit, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the criminality and corruption that grips rebel-held areas.

Syria’s north has been divided into a series of fiefdoms run by rival warlords.

With no overarching rule of law, every city, town and village comes under the control of a different commander. A myriad of checkpoints are dotted across the provinces: there are approximately 34 on the short road from the Turkish border to Aleppo alone. It is a dog-eat-dog existence, where men vie for control of territory, money, weapons and smuggling routes; it is, disgruntled civilians say, a competition for the spoils of war.

“I used to feel safe travelling around Aleppo and in [the neighbouring] Idlib province,” said one Aleppo resident who works with a local charity to distribute food to civilians in the area. “Now I am afraid to leave the street outside my home. Every time you move you risk being robbed, kidnapped, or beaten. It all depends on how the men on the checkpoints you are crossing feel that day.”

A band of rebels smuggles oil across the border into Turkey

Fuel smuggling has burgeoned into a massive business, where smugglers and fighters take oil from the country’s rebel-held fields in the north, crudely refine it and pass it through illegal routes along the porous border with Turkey. Some rebel brigades have given up the fight against the regime entirely to run the operations that line their own pockets; others are using it to fund their military actions, locals explained.

Some fighting groups manage the transfer of crude oil from the field to the refinery and then to the border, others have simply set up checkpoints that impose levies on smuggler gangs.

“Three years ago the rebels really wanted to fight the regime,” said Ahmed, an opposition activist living in Raqqa, close to the country’s oil repositories.

“But then the FSA started to control the borders and the fuel. After that it changed from a revolution to a battle for oil. I know rebel groups from Aleppo and Deir Ezzor, and even from Homs in the south of the country, that come here to get a share of the spoils.”

The West has long viewed the FSA as its best ally in the melee of fighting groups in Syria. Western diplomats have worked hard to promote the idea of a command and control structure in which a “Supreme Military Council” provides supplies and orders to outfits on the ground.

The CIA was part of an “operations room” designed to ensure the weapons supplied by Gulf sponsors and channelled through Turkey went to Western-friendly, FSA-affiliated fighters. The United States has even offered limited non-lethal military support in the form of thousands of food packs.

But competition between the main proxy backers of the FSA, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the lack of a real military commitment from Western powers and chronic infighting from the outset sent the FSA into decline before it had been even been properly formed. Lacking financial and military support, or a clear strategy, groups in the north began to fragment. Men and weapons seeped away to the better organised, better funded Islamist groups, allowing al-Qaeda to strengthen its foothold in Syria.

Mahmoud, a rebel fighter from Jisr al-Shugour in Idlib, detailed the painful decline of his fighting unit. It is a story oft repeated across northern Syria. “We joined the revolution when men only had hunting shotguns to defend their villages. In the first months we liberated our town, took terrain and we were happy, we had a case to fight the regime. We were bringing freedom to our people,” he said.

He recalled how his comrades had planted home-made roadside bombs at the entrances to their town to block the regime’s tanks. “Back then we were a group of brothers, not officers with soldiers, leaders with their men. We were friends,” he said.

In April this year, the mood started to turn. “People arrived who were not with the revolution, they were only interested in selling guns,” he said. “They called themselves FSA, but they had no interest in fighting Assad. They seized areas that were already free of the regime and set up checkpoints on roads there and started charging people for access.

“Some of the men in my brigade started working with them.”

One officer, Ahmed Hamis, had been a representative in the Supreme Military Council for the Jisr al-Shugour area in Idlib province and had fought honestly against the regime, Mahmoud said. “Then a foreign sponsor started supporting him with money and weapons. He broke away to form a small gang.

“He has a lot of weapons but he hasn’t run one battle against the regime. He has no time for that because he has his own business, smuggling diesel and setting up checkpoints to levy taxes,” he said. “He also deals in kidnappings. If they catch a government soldier they’ll sell him back to his family.”

With little practical support coming from the Supreme Military Council, Mahmoud’s group started to falter. “Because we were not thieving, we had no money to operate. Many of our men had to leave to find jobs. We were weak and eventually we had to disband,” he said.

“My commander had been one of the first people to defect from the Syrian army. But now we don’t have any mission, and we don’t have any soldiers for fighting. My commander keeps asking his fighters to come back. He is desperate.”

At least 85 per cent of the fighting groups he used to know have started smuggling oil and cars, he said. Many had also turned to exploiting the finances of sponsors funding the war against Assad. Rebel groups film their military operations and post the videos on YouTube for foreign donors to peruse. Each outfit has a unit of “journalists”, men who follow them into battle armed with a video camera.

Back in the office they edit the footage, often putting it to music and stamping it with the group’s logo, before posting it online or sending it to their sponsor as evidence that the military operation they paid for had been carried out.

“Often our sponsors will give us money for a specific operation, so when we do it, we film it as proof that we have used their money well,” said a media officer with the Farouk brigade, one of the best-known rebel outfits in Syria, in their office in Reyhanli.

But FSA commanders are increasingly using this to line their own pockets, focusing more on getting the sponsor’s funds than on the military operations, civilians and rebel commanders have said.

Rebels across the region expressed anger at the battle of Wadi Deif, a six-month siege of a huge military base which ended with the government retaining control of it.

A rebel fighter holds position in a trench 100m from the regime-controlled military base of Wadi Deif (AFP)

That siege was led by Jamal Maarouf, a former handyman and one of the most powerful rebel commanders in Idlib province, but many other rebel outfits participated. Men who were in the battle told The Sunday Telegraph that their commanders had not wanted to end the battle because it was too profitable.

“Funds poured in from the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia,” said one fighter who asked not to be named. “And the siege itself made money: commanders were taking bribes from the Syrian regime to allow the regime to send food supplies to its men inside.”

For several months, foreign backers sent money and weapons to help finish the battle at Wadi Deif. It became, as one rebel put it, “like a chicken producing golden eggs”.

Mr Knaitry said: “We try not to talk about it about it because we don’t want our people to lose hope. But they became merchants with the martyr’s blood.”

Suddenly many of the fighters bought new homes, and started flashing more money. One man said of Jamaal Marouf: “He had nothing before the revolution, now he drives around in his personal bullet proof car.”

Most prominent Shiite cleric accused of seeking to incite violence in Bahrain

How do these Shiite Muslims feel safe living in Sunni dominated countries with the immense animosity against them by Sunni’s? Sunni’s consider Shia Muslims to be kafirs. Many Salafi Sunni’s want them killed. Now, with Saudi and Qatar being agitated and annoyed for not getting America to do their dirty work in Syria by removing Assad and not getting them to attack Iran, they seem to come up with other means to target Shiites.

Don’t get us wrong: all Muslims are more or less indoctrinated and therefore insane. But if we look at their conflicts it tends to be filled with false excuses and propaganda used as a reason to persecute one or the other merely over a verbal disagreement. This cleric may be as much of a nutter as his Sunni counterparts, but the targeting of him is likely related to nothing else but him being a Shiite.

Watch the video at the bottom how the Sunni’s themselves have created an Islamophobic video to demonstrate “A speech filled with hate and anger towards the West which led to calls of “Death to America”.”

This is so typical! When they want to mislead people to try and gain support for their endless conflicts and tensions they become the Islamophobes and the anti-Islamic elements they want to ban. Typical Muslims. Born from deception, live by deception.
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Most prominent Shiite cleric seeks to incite violence in Bahrain

Authorities accuse Isa Qassim of ‘incitement to violence’ following comments he made during Friday sermon about what he viewed as ‘assault on woman.’

Middle East Online

MANAMA – Bahraini authorities accused on Friday Shiite cleric Isa Qassim, of “incitement to violence and encouragement of sedition” following comments he made during a Friday sermon about what he viewed as “an assault on a woman” during a raid to arrest a person wanted by the police.

In a statement released Friday and published by the Bahrain News Agency Saturday, the Interior Ministry said Qassim, a prominent Shiite cleric in the kingdom, would have to take full responsibility for any potential riots based on his account of the incident.

The Ministry said the Friday sermon by Qassim included misinformation about an attack on a woman in Aali as the police were attempting to make an arrest.

The Assistant Undersecretary of Legal Affairs at the Interior Ministry said that the wanted person, charged for crimes and sentenced to ten years, strongly resisted the police and hid behind the woman who intentionally blocked them. The police used pepper spray to overcome the resistance and minimise injury to all involved.

He added that it was not an attack on the woman’s honour and stressed that an assault on a person’s honour is a heinous crime that is not condoned by the police at any time.

A police officer and two policemen were injured in the incident. The entire operation is well documented, according to the Interior Ministry.

The Assistant Undersecretary said that one of the policemen in the pictures circulated on social media was summoned for questioning in line with the standard procedures when such allegations are made.

He said that the police faced resistance and were attacked during the arrest as is supported by medical reports.

He said that, contrary to allegations, the police possessed an arrest warrant from the public prosecutor.

“Anyone who alleges they were physically attacked in any form by police should report the incident to a police station, to the Ombudsman’s Office or to the public prosecution.”

The Assistant Undersecretary added that much of the information included in the sermons of Qassim at his place of worship are based on false and inaccurate information. “This has happened more than once,” he said.

Qassim’s previous allegations of police mistreatment of women include the case of a girl who alleged police had attacked her while medical reports later indicated that she had used an iron to burn her own hands.

The Assistant Undersecretary added that believing unverified stories mentioned by Qassim could incite lawbreaking activities.

The Assistant Undersecretary explained that the image released with this statement shows that police were arresting a wanted person and not attacking anyone’s honour.

He concluded by calling for people to obtain their information from reliable sources before passing it on to the public as fact, especially in places of worship where people expect to hear true and accurate information.

He urged all people to support national interests and to resist division and incitement.

Surprise, surprise, Iran has (already) betrayed the Geneva deal

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Despite last weekend's agreement, Iran still plans to continue its uranium enrichment programme.

Despite last weekend’s agreement, Iran still plans to continue its uranium enrichment programme.

At the start of this week I hinted that the negotiations which went on in Geneva last weekend were not a meeting of equals.

On one side were the Iranians, representing the clear wishes of their unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini. On the other were the P5+1 countries joined by the unelected Supreme Baroness Catherine Ashton whose primary desire seemed to be to just declare some deal – any deal.

So a wretched deal was done which has initiated the fraying and eventual collapse of sanctions, and Baroness Ashton and Secretary Kerry hugged each other for the cameras and got their moment of feeling like world saviours. Now it is business as usual.

Before even leaving Geneva Iran’s Foreign Minister said: ‘Today’s agreement deals with several sectors, the most important of which is that Iran’s enrichment program has been recognized, and this program will continue.’

Yesterday the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani told the assembly, ‘We don’t need their [westerners’] permission for enriching uranium.’

The Iranian government meanwhile has disputed the very wording of the Geneva agreement. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday:

‘What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true.’

Oh – and despite the fact that the agreed text stated that there must not be ‘any further advances of its activities’ at the Arak reactor, the Iranian Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that Iran will continue ‘construction’ at the Arak site.

Who could possibly have foreseen such betrayal?

 

“Excellent”. Minneapolis YMCA Makes Sure Pools Are Now Sharia Compliant

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Minneapolis YMCA Pools Now Sharia Compliant

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Growing up down south we used to play a game called “boiled frog.” The key was understanding that you do not take a frog and dump it into a pot of hot water. You place the frog into a large pot of cold water and allow it to be comfortable and flop around. The you begin to slowly turn up the heat so the frog is unaware of the subtle change in temperature gradient, and is eventually boiled.

And so it shall be with the infiltration of sharia or Islamic law, into the United States. Thanks to the website, “Creeping Sharia” we have a another stealthy example. It seems that in Minnesota — St. Paul to be exact — the YMCA and St. Paul Police are accommodating the burgeoning Somali Muslim community.

(Video) Saudi children’s education with whipping and beatings

If you ever wonder how a human being can turn so satanic and truly evil and subhuman like Muslims, it’s not difficult to see that callousness, hatred, aggression and violence start in their childhood in addition to the hate taught through the Qur’an. Here is a young boy at school being punished by his Saudi teacher.

Afraid of the pain from the beatings made to his feet, instead of having sympathy for his suffering his class mates gather around him to laugh at him. Punishment is meeted by using a long whip – that is particularly painful – to beat the palms of the hands. His feet are locked into a form of harness, which his classmates help the teacher to attach, and the soles of his feet whipped.

This is a small child in a school in Jordan. His teacher demands him to write on the blackboard. He gets frightened that he may do it wrong and will be harshly punished with whipping. For this he is degraded and laughed at by his teacher. He then nervously tries to make attempts to write his words while yelled at by the teacher. Small children like this are put in situations of psychological fear and mental terror by a bully adult! And a woman at that! Disgusting Muslims sickos!

Women are often abused and oppressed at home; many Muslim women are raped and beaten regularly by their husband. Spousal abuse and rape is not a crime in Islam. They take their anger and frustration out on their children and can be extremely sadistic.

 

Saudi Muslim problem: African Muslim immigrant-mobs run amock in Riyadh’s streets

Saudi Arabs are Islamophobes. They keep being prejudiced to African Muslims. Will they address this problem of theirs with the UN?

See, the Saudi’s are battling a major MUSLIM IMMIGRATION PROBLEM that is starting to become a serious nuisance in the country. Welcome to the Club!

Tensions between the Sunni Arabs and African Muslim immigrants are mounting, as the country has been responsible for a lot of abuse, murders and even torture of African migrants. They don’t seem fearful to fight although lashes and death penalty is probably waiting for some of them. Here they are filmed on a mobile disrupting traffic and throwing stones at cars.

Generally this kind of footages are not openly shown in any news in the country. They are filmed by civilians on their mobile phones. Arabs don’t want the rest of the world ever know that they have conflicts and problems. See, followers of Allah are not suppose to have problems. They are suppose to have a better society than kafirs. So all ugly issues are brushed under the carpet.

This clip shown harassing motorists along Frayan street in Manfouha district in this video taken on Wednesday and posted on YouTube by citizen journalist Amged Ahmad.

Watch them going gung-ho wild on cars and drivers in Saudi Arabia. A gang of them stops a Saudi man on his bicycle to tackle him to the ground and steal his bike! There appears to be a few Asians in the gangs too (Bangladeshi/Pakistani Muslims?). Love it! Sunni Muslims having problems with Muslim immigration!!! What to say??? Learn what its like. Maybe these Sunni’s are Islamophobes since they keep complaining about these African Muslims?

Arabs add UN pressure to criminalize ‘abuse’ of their warlord paedophile prophet

‘Criminalize abuse of Prophet’

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CONFERENCE ON PROPHET: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman with two officials at the inauguration of the conference at the Islamic University. (SPA)

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Published — Friday 29 November 2013

Delegates at a conference here have called on governments of Muslim majority nations to seek a United Nations resolution that would make the abuse of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), other prophets and caliphs a criminal offense.

This was one of several resolutions adopted by the World Conference on the Prophet (pbuh) organized by the Madinah Islamic University this week.

Delegates also recommended that a research center be set up, named the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Center for Studies and Research on the life and achievements of the Prophet (pbuh).

The conference recommended that Crown Prince Salman oversee these studies and that the university run the center.

The recommendations were tabled during the closing session of the conference, chaired by Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, director of the Islamic University. The conference had five sessions of dialogue and discussions.

The conference recommended organizing a workshop at the university for human rights activists from Arab and Islamic countries to develop a binding charter to protect Islam and the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Other resolutions adopted by the delegates included the recognition of the greatness of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the need for Muslims to respect, admire and pray for him, his family, wives and companions.

The conference commended the efforts of the organizations, agencies and educational institutions that have acknowledged and supported Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his message.

The delegates also called on Muslims to spread the message of Islam to non-Muslims globally through print and electronic media on all platforms in all languages, and for businesspeople to invest in these projects.

The conference recommended that the university hold seminars and courses inside and outside the Kingdom to acknowledge the rights and achievements of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The delegates also invited Islamic associations and universities to implement programs, conferences, meetings, and printing of scientific research and theses on the biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The participants wanted an encyclopedia published in various languages to cover the prophet’s solutions to ethical, social and economic issues. They also called on various government ministries to establish permanent and mobile exhibitions on the legacy and message of the Prophet (pbuh).

The conference called on Islamic governments to direct their embassies in various countries around the world to carry the message of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The conference thanked the Ministry of Education for allocating parts of its school and university curricula to the study of Islam and the Prophet (pbuh), and urged other countries to do the same.
The participants also wanted an award created for the best research into the life of the Prophet (pbuh), to be named after King Abdullah and run by the Islamic University.

The delegates recommended that the conference be held every three years at the Islamic University. The participants also recommended sending a telegram of thanks and gratitude to King Abdullah for supporting the conference and the university.

‘Allah’ is furious: Iran hit by earthquake 62 km from nuclear site

7 dead, 45 injured as 5.6 earthquake hits 60km from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

RT  |  November 28, 2013 14:49
Bushehr main nuclear reactor (Reuters / Raheb Homavandi)

Bushehr main nuclear reactor (Reuters / Raheb Homavandi)

A powerful earthquake has hit Iran, killing seven and injuring a further 45, IRNA state news agency reported. The disaster’s epicenter was in an area 62km north east of Bushehr, according to the USGS, where Iran has its only nuclear power plant.

The head of Iran’s Crisis Management organization, Hassan Qadami, confirmed the initial 30 casualties to IRNA. However, Bushehr’s Governor, Fereydoon Hasanvand, updated the figure to 45 on Thursday night. He added that ‘total calm’ had settled in the area.

Fars news agency placed the death toll higher, at eight, adding that helicopters would be posted to the area on Friday to assess the extent of the damage.

“There were some houses and electricity poles damaged. Rescue teams have been dispatched,” local governor Alireza Khorani told Fars before full news of the wounded emerged.

Tremors were registered at a depth of 16.4 kilometers and some 14 kilometers from the nearest city of Borazjan in Bushehr Province.

While USGS measured the quake at 5.6, the local Seismological Center of Tehran University’s Geophysics Institute has said that the earthquake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale.

Social media pages in Saudi Arabia have said that tremors from the quake were felt in the kingdom’s eastern province, across the Gulf from Iran, Reuters reported. No damage to the nuclear plant in nearby Bushehr has been reported.

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Bushehr, Iran’s only power-producing nuclear reactor, suffered damage caused by earthquakes which struck Iran in April and May. Cracks of several meters long reportedly appeared in at least one section of the structure, according to diplomats from countries monitoring Iran’s nuclear program, cited by AP.

Tehran has not denied or confirmed this information. Following the quakes, one of which was 7.7, and the other measured 6.2 on the Richter scale, Iran gave assurances that the plant was technically sound and was built to withstand quakes up to magnitude 8.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant – the first civilian nuclear plant in the Middle East – was launched in 2011 under a contract for finishing the plant that Iran and the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy signed in 1995.

Bushehr has no link to nuclear weapons production and cannot be used to develop such technology.

Rebels in Syria teach school children: all infidels, including Obama, to be slaughtered for Islam

By all means, they can do whatever they like with their daddy, Barack Hussein the infidel. Who will miss him?

He’s the one who allowed these devout Muslims (why call them extremists? They’re just the followers of Mohammed’s Quran) to grow and fester and spread in Syria. Obama, the EU, UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait are behind the support and funding of these people – from the pressure and cajoling by the Arabs who offered to pay for the entire party.

These are no ‘minority Muslims’. This is the opinion of the majority of the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, who are busy committing genocides of peoples everywhere they can.

We were almost dragged into WW3 by Obama and UK’s incompetent political meddling and feeble ‘theories’ on how to resolve problems in the Middle East. They refuse to address or acknowledge that it all originates from Islam and hundreds of years of indoctrination to hate and persecute non-Muslims from religious dogma. Had we been bombing Assad we would have been responsible for human genocide of Shia Muslims.

Syria is only about one thing: the persecution and annihilation of Shia Muslims, who Sunni’s all consider to be infidels in a land which they want  ruled by Wahhabism. They want him removed at all costs. They want Syria to be taken over by extremists and spread this totalitarian leadership of theirs to Jordan, Tunis, Libya, Egypt, and then invade Israel. After Israel they want to retake Spain and Italy and force their way further into Europe. And this, until their Islamic caliphate expands all over the world.

This is Islam. This is MUSLIM IDEOLOGY. The same Muslims who have been permitted to immigrate into Western society in the millions and breed and multiply like rats.

How many times have Muslims lied to Christians and said “You cannot be a Muslim and not believe in Jesus?”. This is one of the new propaganda tools they use to gradually disarm people’s suspicion about Islam. Another one is to try and convince people that Jesus was “Palestinian”. See below what they actually believe of Jesus.

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Al-Qaeda in Syrian School: Infidels Must Be Slaughtered; Obama, World Leaders Are Infidels

Following are excerpts from a video featuring an ISIS operative at a Syrian school, which was posted on the Internet on November 26, 2013:

Al-Qaeda operative: The mujahideen are coming here, to Syria. They come from Egypt, from Chechnya, from Morocco, from the U.S., from Belgium, from China, from Russia, from Cameroon… Who unites them?

School children: Allah.

Al-Qaeda operative: Why did they gather here?

School children: For the sake of Islam.

Al-Qaeda operative: Islam unites everyone under one word, with no distinction between skin color, nationality, or anything. The entire Earth belongs to Allah. Islam elevates the Muslims and humiliates the infidels. The “Crusaders” – who are the Christians – are they Muslims or infidels?

School children: They are infidels.

Al-Qaeda operative: Allah said: “Those who say that Jesus son of Mary is God have disbelieved.” Allah said: “Those who say that God is the third of three have disbelieved.” They cross themselves like this. Allah said:”Those who say that God is the third of three have disbelieved.” Whoever says that God is three is an infidel.

Whoever says that God is two and that Jesus is His son is an infidel as well. Whoever says that Jesus is God is also an infidel.

Is Bashar Al-Assad a Muslim or an infidel?

School children: An infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: Who likes Bashar? Whoever likes Bashar – raise your hand. Why do you hate him?

School children: Because he is an infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: Imagine we had here with us an Alawite, from Al-Assad’s family or religion. Would you like him?

School children: No.

Al-Qaeda operative: What would you do to him?

School children: Slaughter him.

Al-Qaeda operative: Slaughter him. Right. Because he is an infidel.

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Anyone who does not believe in Islam is an infidel. Is Obama a Muslim or an infidel?

School children: An infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: What about the president of Russia?

School children: An infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: What about the president of China?

School children: An infidel.

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Sheikh Invasion Of Great Britain: Selling Their Soul To The Devil

The British is selling off anything valuable in their country like a cheap harlot, to the most backward, oppressive, brutal people on earth. They’re selling the last piece of their souls to their new over-lord.  The same over-lord that is the cause of the largest volume of death by terrorism in human history, and who have not decreased their support and funding of terrorism behind closed doors, but only increased it.

Arabs do absolutely nothing without including a very quiet fine-print of demand in their negotiations so small that no one can read it, but with sinister long-term demands. They gobble up of anything and everything valuable they can get their hands on in London. So much so this purchasing frenzy is even starting to worry inside business people, who note that the medieval mindset behind these purchases and ownerships into one of the largest economies in the world is very much alive and well.

It’s the Great British sell-off! Middle East’s super wealthy snap up ‘safe’ investments – including Sandhurst

By Alex Brummer |  CITY FOCUS

It is bad enough that the money-hungry suits who run Formula One should have lost little sleep last year over staging a grand prix in Bahrain at a time of government repression.

But matters may have gone too far when Britain’s premier defence ‘university’ – Sandhurst – succumbs to colonisation by an unaccountable sheikh.

For a modest £3million, the Mons Hall, that commemorates the lives of thousands of British soldiers who laid down their lives at the First World War battle in Belgium a century ago, is to be renamed King Hamad Hall in honour of the autocrat who runs Bahrain.

We should, however, not be surprised at Britain’s willingness to sell itself to the highest bidders from the combustible Middle East.

In our craven search for defence orders and the foreign investment we desperately need to bridge the gap in our balance of payments, we appear to have reached the point where nothing is sacred.

While other Western nations have sought to conquer the biggest emerging markets – India (which David Cameron visited last week), China, Brazil and the rising giants of the Pacific – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office remains mesmerised by the Arabian Gulf.

Its kings and sheiks are offered front-row seats at royal weddings and it has been made clear to these countries that anything they wish to buy here is up for sale.

Compared with the spending spree of Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani – ruler of the most influential of the Gulf states to lay siege to Britain – Bahrain’s effort to claim to itself a bit of our history at Sandhurst is a bagatelle. Yet it remains the case that British military education and our army are among the most respected in the world and remain one of our greatest exports.

The fact that Qatari investors bought Harrods for £1.2billion from the Egyptian interloper Mohamed Al Fayed in 2010 is of little consequence here – the famous department store was already owned and financed by foreign interests and largely sells imported designer goods to overseas tourists.

The more disturbing aspect of the investment of Qatar and other Gulf states is that it has reached the heart of our financial institutions, including the London Stock Exchange and Barclays Bank. It has also conquered our great football traditions.

Arsenal, the football club once run by Old Etonian Peter Hill-Wood and which played its home matches at the classic Highbury stadium, now plays in an arena called ‘Emirates Stadium’ – named after its United Arab Emirates sponsors.

Premier League champions Manchester City surrendered the City of Manchester Stadium (built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games) to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and have renamed the ground Etihad.

In the City, Qatar has been viewed as something of a saviour. When the London Stock Exchange came under siege from American and German rivals earlier in this decade, it came to the rescue buying a 15.1 per cent stake. Its neighbour Dubai took a 20.6 per cent holding.

Similarly, in the autumn of 2008, following the financial eruption triggered by the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers, it was to the Gulf that Barclays turned when it desperately needed an injection of capital.

Again, it was the Qataris who put up the cash.

What we have subsequently learned is that this investment came at a heavy price.

Qatar destabilised the share price of the bank when it unexpectedly sold 5 per cent of its stake for £1.3billion in 2009, taking a quick profit.

Even worse for the reputation of Barclays and Qatar, it has subsequently has been alleged that Barclays lent Qatar part or all of the money for its original share purchase in 2008.

This is now under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, since lending money to buy your own shares is technically an illegal act.

Indeed, one senior businessman who has extensive dealings with Qatar has told me he finds the whole relationship slightly unsettling.

Far from being the passive, positive investors that they are portrayed to be, he argues that the ‘mentality of the souk’ still exists.

Among other things, Qatar and its ruling family now own 26 per cent of the supermarket group Sainsbury’s, easily outvoting the Sainsbury family that still has a 9 per cent stake.

It also has a big share in Heathrow Airport and has snapped up the Olympic Park for £600million in conjunction with a UK developer.

It is the financier behind the Shard that dominates the City skyline, and owns the former Royal Barracks site at Chelsea in the heart of London, as well as a chunk of the glass and steel One Hyde Park development in Knightsbridge.

Qatar and the other Gulf states believe that by buying into Britain they are ensuring that they have a safe bolt-hole for the cash earned or mortgaged on their energy resources and a kind of diplomatic guarantee.

They clearly believe that if hostile extreme Muslim forces from Iran or Iraq foment trouble, the United Kingdom government will come rushing to their rescue, as we did in Kuwait in 1990-91.

That must be regarded as unhealthy at a time when much of the Arab world, including its most populous countries, are in terrible turmoil threatening the peace and security of the world.

The return of Egypt’s police state

Some of the 21 Islamist women and girls who were arrested for demonstrating in Alexandria. The adults were each jailed for 11 years while the teenagers were sent to children’s homes

Many Egyptian liberals supported the removal of the democratically elected Islamist President, Mohamed Morsi, but now the state has widened its crackdown, they are questioning the unholy alliance

The Independent  |  Cairo, Friday 29 November 2013

It was late at night when the gang of armed police stormed into the home of Alaa Abd El Fattah, one of Egypt’s most prominent activists.

The men, some of whom wore masks, reportedly beat Mr Fattah before handcuffing him and whisking him away. His wife said she was slapped around the face after asking to see an arrest warrant.

The raid, which took place at about 10pm on Thursday, was a boot-through-the-door operation with all the hallmarks of totalitarian security state. Mr Fattah’s crime? Organising a peaceful demonstration through the streets of central Cairo earlier this week. This is Egypt three years into the Arab Spring: a land where even the simple act of spontaneous protest has become illegal.

For some of the secular activists who supported the popular coup against the Muslim Brotherhood over the summer, the fate of Alaa Abd El Fattah – along with numerous other  protesters and critics of the military-backed government – has led to a great deal of soul-searching about the direction in which their revolution is now heading.

Many enthusiastically welcomed the putsch that ousted Mohamed Morsi, seeing the generals as the only way to rid Egypt of an Islamist government which had become hugely unpopular and stood accused of numerous rights abuses. But five months on, that initial support has morphed into deep wariness among some of those who backed the army’s intervention. “The thing which brought the secular politicians and the military together was the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Dr Khalil al-Anani, a Washington-based expert on Egyptian affairs. “They thought that the military was the only force which could stop the Islamists and that’s why they supported them. Now because things didn’t go down the path they thought it would they are regretting it. Some of them think the military is trying to reproduce the same authoritarian regime that used to exist under Hosni Mubarak.”

Much of the recent disquiet surrounds the passing of a new law which criminalises unplanned street protests. The legislation – drafted by the military-backed interim government and rubber-stamped last week – requires protesters to seek police consent if they intend to hold a political demonstration involving more than 10 people.

Protest organisers are forced to inform the authorities of the “overall theme” of any planned rallies, where exactly it is taking place and a record of the organisers’ names.

In addition, the interior ministry – still a hated symbol of state oppression and brutality for many revolutionaries – will have sweeping powers to cancel demonstrations and designate “protest-free” zones around public institutions.

It was this new protest law which led to the detention of Alaa Abdel Fattah after a prosecutor issued a warrant for his arrest. Mr Fattah – a long-time activist who was once jailed under Hosni Mubarak’s regime, and also during the rule of the military council which followed the 2011 revolt – had helped to organise this week’s rally against the new legislation.

Ahmed al-Hawary, an activist who helped formed the so-called June 30 Front in opposition to Mr Morsi, told The Independent that Egypt was now witnessing the “last breath of the fragile coalition” between pro-democracy secularists and the military. “It was an extremely fragile alliance,” he said. “We knew the risks. We knew there was a possibility of going where we are heading now.”

However, he added that “nobody regrets” the toppling of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that supporting the military’s intervention was “our only choice” to get rid of what he called the group’s brand of Islamic “fascism”.

Dr Hisham Hellyer, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a British defence and security think-tank, said that while it was true that some Egyptian politicians and activists were guilty of “naivety” in their initial support of the popular coup, it was not completely fair to say that the chickens were now coming home to roost for all involved.

“I remember many in the political elite and activist circles being clear that they were happy Morsi was gone, but that this was not how they wanted it,” he said. “They now have to ask themselves, as some in the anti-Morsi camp did back in July: was there another way to bring down Morsi?”

He added that the complexities of the Egyptian state – where the interior ministry and the army often have concurrent, but not precisely the same interests – meant that support for the army did not necessarily equate to support for the interior ministry, or for the crackdown.

For those who recall the unprecedented wave of street agitation which led to the toppling of Mr Mubarak in January 2011, the recent crackdown against secular activists has provided ample evidence that the balance of power inside Egypt is shifting in favour of the country’s deeply entrenched security apparatus.

Such suspicions were heightened following this week’s protests. Dozens of activists were detained during the first of the rallies, including 14 women who were bundled into a van and then driven through the desert before being dumped on an isolated road.

“They want to terrorise us,” said Mona Seif, a prominent activist among the 14 women, who is also the sister of Alaa Abd El Fattah. “I think the Interior Minister decided to escalate and tell everyone whose family was killed … beaten or anything that, ‘I am here, this is how I do business, and if you don’t like it, beat your head against the wall’.”

On Wednesday, the general prosecutor announced that 24 people who had been arrested during the protests would be held for further questioning. The protesters stand accused of “chanting antagonistic slogans against the state” and “disturbing traffic”.

The same day – and in a further indication that the authorities are willing to use harsh punishments to crack down on dissent – several female Islamists were sentenced to 11 years in jail for taking part in another protest in the coastal city of Alexandria.

A total of 21 protesters – including seven aged 15 and 16 – were convicted after being accused of holding a rally last month to demand Mr Morsi’s reinstatement. The teenagers were given prison terms until they turned 18, while the rest were given longer sentences. Last night, Egypt’s interim President, Adly Mansour, said he would issue full pardons to the women in Alexandria. However, the fate of the other convicts remains unknown.

Since Mr Morsi was ousted on 3 July, the numerous glimpses of renewed streaks of authoritarianism have been largely directed against Egypt’s Islamists. The effect of the military’s interference resulted in a paranoid clampdown on anything resembling anti-authoritarian iconoclasm.

This month, a top football player was suspended by his club for mimicking the now famous four-finger symbol of pro-Morsi supporters during a match. Days earlier, an Egyptian kung fu champion was sent home from an international tournament for daring to wear the same symbol on a T-shirt.

Yet now it is the previously cowed and quiescent secular activists who have started to agitate against the new regime – leading some to warn that such government initiatives as the new controls on protests may end up backfiring. Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, a member of the liberal Dostour Party, told The Independent that the state’s heavy-handed tactics could lead to secularists and Islamists once again finding common cause together. “The Muslim Brotherhood will use their sympathisers to gain more ground in order for them to reach their political goals,” he added.

Egypt’s Islamists are already trying to capitalise on the recent backlash from anti-government activists. In a statement, a Brotherhood-led coalition against the interim government criticised what it called the “brutal repression” of this week’s demonstrations, saying that the “youth of the revolution stand united”. The group’s words were met with a swift rebuttal, however. “A message to the Muslim Brotherhood: we will not put our hands in the hands of those who betrayed and hijacked the revolution,” said Hossam Moanis, spokesman of one activist group, the Popular Current.

Timeline

11 February 2011

President Mubarak steps down after weeks of protests and hands power to the military

19 March

Egyptians vote for constitutional amendments sponsored by the military

30 June 2012

Mohamed Morsi is sworn in, having won a presidential election with 51.7 per cent of the vote

12 August

Mr Morsi orders top Mubarak-era military leadership to retire

22 November

He grants himself more powers, including  immunity

25 January 2013

Hundreds of thousands protest against Morsi

3 July

The army deposes Mr Morsi. Hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are killed in the weeks that follow

Court CCTV footage of Lee Rigby’s last seconds in London before decapitation by devout Muslims ‘for Allah’

‘Unarmed. Attacked from behind. Butchered like a joint of meat’: Jurors gasp as they are shown footage of Lee Rigby murder

A court sketch by Elizabeth Cook of of the two men accused of the murder of soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) at an earlier hearing

The Independent  |  Friday 29 November 2013

Jurors told that Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale drove car straight at him at around 30mph to 40mph

The final moments of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s life are captured in a series of CCTV images – some still, others moving, all apparently mundane. Wearing a “Help for Heroes” hoodie with a camouflage bag slung over his shoulder, he is filmed as he heads up the escalator at his local station. He is then pictured passing through the ticket barrier and starting his walk home to Woolwich Barracks. One shot shows him passing the Great Harry pub; two more the council offices and the library.

Then he is caught on film, a small figure in the distance walking along Artillery Place. From the footage it is clear he glances at the Vauxhall Tigra coming his way as he crosses the road. But he had turned his back by the time it veers over the central line and accelerates towards him. The 25-year-old is thrown on to the bonnet; the car then disappears off-screen.

In a split second the horrifying details of Lee Rigby’s death were revealed at the Old Bailey yesterday, leaving the courtroom in silence.

rigby

The car was just the beginning. Like a “butcher attacking a joint of meat”, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, then set about the unconscious man with a cleaver and knives in a “serious and almost successful” attempt to saw off his head, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the jury.

The attack is hidden from the sight of the camera fixed to the outside of a shop. But two small figures soon come back into shot, dragging the body of the dead 25-year-old into the road where he is dumped as a double-decker bus drives past. “They wanted the members of the public present to see the consequence of what can only be described as their barbarous acts,” said Mr Whittam. “They had committed, you may think, a cowardly and callous murder by deliberately attacking an unarmed man in civilian clothes from behind using a vehicle as a weapon. Then they murdered him and mutilated his body with that meat cleaver and knives.”

The court was told that Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale killed the soldier in retaliation for the British military presence in Muslim countries.

As Mr Adebolajo was being taken away after being shot and injured by police, the court was told that he said to paramedics: “I did it for my God.” Both Mr Adebolajo – who held a copy of the Koran in the dock – and Mr Adebowale deny murder.

The killing and its aftermath – caught on mobile phones and security cameras – was too much for some members of Fusilier Rigby’s family. His widow, Rebecca, and his mother Lyn both left in tears before the footage was played.

Lee Rigby was killed on 22 May as he returned to barracks in south-east London from the Tower of London, where his regiment has its headquarters. His Army career included tours of duty in Cyprus, Germany and Afghanistan, the court was told.

Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale had been driving around the area and had parked up when they spotted the soldier, it was alleged.  When they hit Fusilier Rigby they were travelling around 40 mph, the jury of eight women and four men was told.

Pictures shown to the jury reveal that the car smashed into a sign at such a speed that its front was destroyed. Fusilier Rigby was thrown off the bonnet and lay motionless two feet away. His eyes were open but he did not move, and he did not make a noise, witnesses told police.

Fusilier Lee Rigby captured on CCTV footage in the last minutes of his life; the film was played to the Old Bailey

Fusilier Lee Rigby captured on CCTV footage in the last minutes of his life; the film was played to the Old Bailey (PA)

The court heard that Mr Adebolajo, the driver, was seen getting out of the car with a cleaver, Mr Adebowale with a pair of knives. Saraj Miah, who was having a cigarette outside a shop, told the men: “Don’t kill him,” but they did not listen, the court heard.

Amanda Bailey, who was driving past, saw Mr Adebolajo kneel down by Lee Rigby and grab his jaw, the court was told. He is then alleged to have repeatedly hacked at the right side of his neck just below the jawline.

Mr Whittam told the jury: “As she put it: ‘I was so shocked that all I could do was sit there and stare. He was determined and he wasn’t going to stop. He didn’t care.'”

Ms Bailey told police that she saw the man hack at Fusilier Rigby’s neck at least nine times. She drove off and spotted two classes of children from Mulgrave Primary School heading towards the area, and persuaded their teacher to take them away. The car immediately behind her was driven by electrician Thomas Seymour. He “instantly believed” that one of the attackers was “trying to cut the victim’s head off”, the court was told. Another car pulled up and the two people inside got out to see if they could help, before they realised that Fusilier Rigby was being attacked.

James Henegan and Cheralee Armstrong shouted at the men to stop. “They looked up as if neither were there … and carried on,” Mr Whittam said. As Mr Henegan and Ms Armstrong remonstrated with them, one of the men went to the car and pulled a 1920s revolver which he pointed at them. They jumped back into the car and drove a short distance, the court was told. The footage shows another driver setting his hazard lights and starting to get out of the car, before retreating when he realises what is going on.

People gathered at the scene, some believing that they were simply attending the aftermath of an accident, the court was told. In scenes of “bravery and decency”, one woman, Amanda Donnelly Martin, who was with her daughter, went to the body of Lee Rigby and stroked him to “provide some comfort and humanity to what had unfolded”, said Mr Whittam.

Another woman engaged Mr Adebolajo in conversation even though he was holding a meat cleaver and his hands were covered in blood, the jury heard. Viki Cave, a trained first aider who was driving nearby, saw Mr Rigby’s body and went to help.

The jury was shown CCTV footage of a car running over Fusilier Rigby

The jury was shown CCTV footage of a car running over Fusilier Rigby (Met Police)

One of the men was talking about religion and she heard him say something along the lines of: “These soldiers go to our land, kill or bomb our people,” the jury was told. She then asked the man: “Are you going to hurt us?”

“He replied: ‘No the women and children are safe. You need to get back when the police and the soldiers get here,'” Mr Whittam told the court.

Mr Adebolajo went over to the crowd and explained the motive for the attack, the court heard. The address, caught on mobile phone, showed an animated Mr Adebolajo declaring that the attack was an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. He called for the overthrow of the Government.

“The law of self-defence does not allow someone to retaliate … for an attack which is not reasonably necessary to save himself of herself or anybody else, but is tit-for-tat,” Mr Whittam told the jury. “Killing to make a political point or to frighten the public, or to put pressure on the Government … is murder and remains murder whether the Government in question is a good one, a bad one, or a dreadful one.”

After the attack Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale remained in the area until the arrival of the first police car, which carried an armed response team, the court heard. Further footage shows a man, allegedly Mr Adebolajo, charging across to the car and raising the cleaver above his head. Just as he reaches the driver’s open door, he peels away and falls to the ground as he is shot in the bicep. Mr Adebowale, a Muslim convert who has adopted the name Ismael, is then seen holding a gun before he, too, is shot as armed officers jump from the car to confront him.

One officer runs back to the patrol car for a medical kit and provides first aid to the fallen Mr Adebowale, who was hit in the abdomen and thigh. The court was told that when paramedics tried to sit Mr Adebolajo up, he said: “Please let me lay here, I don’t want anyone to die. I just want the soldiers out of my country.”

The two men were given pain relief and taken to hospital where they were questioned by police, the court heard. Mr Adebolajo told the officers: “I am a Muslim extremist, this may be the only chance you meet one,” the jury heard.

In a second interview, the day after the shooting, he claimed that his intention was never to hurt civilians. In a signed statement, Mr Adebolajo says: “We hope that one day Great Britain will replace those corrupt politicians with men or women who truly care about the security of their citizens by withdrawing from affairs of Muslims, including their lands.”

As well as the murder of Fusilier Rigby, Mr Adebolajo, of Lewisham, and Mr Adebowale, of Greenwich, are both accused of attempting to murder a police officer, and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before May 22. They have both admitted possession of a gun.

The case continues.

Obama, EU and Arab funded rebels execute moderates and minorities in Syria

Al Qaeda militants filmed executing rival Syrian rebel faction as the Islamists seeks to marginalise other groups

  • WARNING: Graphic content
  • Seven men filmed kneeling on the ground before being shot in the head 
  • Executions carried out by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
  • Group targeting more moderate rebel groups in civil war with Assad forces

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 15:42, 28 November 2013  |  DailyMail

Al Qaeda militants have been filmed executing seven men from a rival rebel Syrian faction as part of a campaign to marginalise other moderate groups in the civil war.

The amateur video, apparently taken on a mobile phone, shows the men kneeling on the ground before each one is shot in the head and slumps forward onto the ground.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, have taken advantage of a power vacuum in rebel-held areas to assert its authority over more moderate elements of the armed opposition.

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant stand over seven kneeling men before shooting them in the head Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant stand over seven kneeling men before shooting them in the head

The video shows the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant declaring the men have been found guilty by a religious court The video shows the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant declaring the men have been found guilty by a religious court

Hardline Islamists are targeting moderate rebel factions to marginalise them in the joint war effort Hardline Islamists are targeting moderate rebel factions to marginalise them in the joint war effort

The video, posted online by the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group yesterday, shows armed men in black standing below an ISIL banner.

The Observatory said the video was taken in the northern Syrian town of Atarib in Idlib province. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed.

A masked man on the video identifies seven men kneeling as members of the Ghurabaa al-Sham brigade, a moderate Islamist group that was one of the first to fight Assad.

A man who appeared to be Commander Hassan Jazera was among them.

‘Hassan Jazera is the most corrupt and the biggest thief,’ said the man.

He spoke into a microphone to a crowd of men, some of whom used their mobile phones to film the killing.

VIDEO: Execution of Syrian rebels by Al Qaeda-linked group

The disturbing footage shows each of the seven men being shot in the head and slumping forward onto the ground The disturbing footage shows each of the seven men being shot in the head and slumping forward onto the ground

The man, reading from a piece of paper, said Jazera’s men were also charged with kidnapping and had been tried in a religious court run by ISIL. They were then shot in the head.

In May, an alliance of Islamist groups moved against Ghurabaa al-Sham following a disagreement over territory and complaints of looting.

Jazera’s unit of around 100 fighters was all that was left of Ghurabaa al-Sham’s roughly 2,000 men, fighters from that group told Reuters this summer.

Jazera and his men were arrested by ISIL a month ago, the UK-based Observatory said.

The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group posted the video, that shows this ISIL bannerThe anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group posted the video, that shows this ISIL banner

The rise of Al Qaeda in Syria has forced some in the West to temper calls for Assad’s removal from power.

In August, ISIL took control of the northern border town of Azaz, expelling western-backed Free Syrian Army units. On Friday, ISIL captured a second border town, ousting a moderate Islamist rebel unit and detaining its leader.

The Syrian uprising against four decades of Assad family rule started in 2011 and erupted into a civil war after Assad’s forces shot demonstrators and deployed tanks to crush the protest movement. More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced.