As calls for Jihad and counter-Jihad proliferate, and an all against all holy war unfolds, Syria disintegrates.
Onward Holy Soldiers!
In a statement read by Sheikh Mamdouh Junaid, the League of Syrian Ulema (Sunni religious scholars) responded to yesterday’s call for Jihad issued by Syria’s Grand Mufti with a call of their own. Today’s call was for Jihad against “Assad and his sect,” and threatened the international community that if it fails to intervene to stop Assad’s sectarian war against the “Syria’s Sunni people,” it will be considered a culprit http://youtu.be/lHKdR5D4MZY.
Yesterday’s call for Jihad by the Grand Mufti was not just aimed at Syrians, but at all Arab and Muslim nations. Many activists fear that the call is meant as a prelude for inviting Iran to officially send troops to defend the regime. In my recent paper “Syria 2013: Rise of the Warlords,” I actually predicted that Assad will resort to recruiting Shia fighters from other countries, including in South Asia. This development might be around the corner now. The Assads are not planning to give up despite their recent setbacks.
Activists today posted today a video showing Syrian TV running an actual Jihadi song titled “We will wage our battle against them.” If the video is not actually fake and meant as a joke, it would be the most surreal development to have taken place so far http://youtu.be/rLlpsDLrGVQ. Social media is picking it and describing as real.
Reports from Qardaha now explain that the weekend clashes happened when officials showed up to seek over 2,500 young Alawite men who are dodging the draft. Certain Alawite cans in Latakia may not be willing to directly challenge the Assads, but they are becoming increasingly reluctant to see their children being drafted and forced to fight against rebels, even as rebel groups inch their way towards Latakia City. If Alawite youths are to fight, they might as well fight to safeguard Alawite strongholds, rather than engage in a battle to safeguard Assads’ hold over Sunni-majority areas.
Still, an Alawite youth movement based in Turkey, the Coalition of Alawite Youth Against Bashar Al-Assad, issued a statement today promising to provide shelter and compensation for all Alawite youths willing to leave Syria in order to avoid the draft.
Meanwhile, a group of Alawite sheikhs from Latakia, where most Anti-Assad Alawite clans are based, came up with a 10-point plan to stop the current conflict. In the preamble, the sheikhs refer to a conspiracy against homeland, accuse all actors of working for their own private interests, and a accuse the opposition of being “weak,” “unable to lead the society,” and does not “represent the will of the Syrian people.” For its part, the regime is described as having become “weak and unable to manage the crisis to get Syria to the safe side.” This is not exactly an endorsement of the revolution, nor is it a reflection of a popular move among Alawites, but it does capture the mood within a certain small segments of the Alawite community.
The points: 1) A cease fire observed by all, 2) all non-Syrians should leave the country, 3) A committee of wise men should be established to oversee the implementation of the plan, 4) No more political kidnappings, 5) Assad should declare that he will not run for reelection and the date for the presidential elections should be moved forward to the last quarter of 2013, 6) all exiles should be allowed to return, 7) A representative national reconciliation committee should be established, 8) Syrian should transition to a civil state with equal rights for all within a year, 9) the transitional period should be supervised by a joint civilian and military council whose members will not be allowed to run or occupy any position in the future, 10) no political party will be allowed to impose its ideology on the state, and the army should not dabble in politics.
Judging from comments on social media sites run by the opposition, the plan seems to have come too late to be taken seriously at this stage.
Missile hit the recently liberated neighborhood of Baba Amr, Homs City http://youtu.be/8WNgCm-Q0b4 Tanks heads towards Baba Amr to take part in the shelling http://youtu.be/7Vn2zDHTMQs Missile launchers positioned inside Homs University are used in pounding Baba Amr http://youtu.be/EozPmjG-1nY The launchers as tehy enter the university grounds http://youtu.be/C2jz1ES_2Go MiGs take part in the pounding http://youtu.be/PJR9oX52u4g
Member of Jabhat Al-Nusra carried out a suicide operation against a checkpoint at Mashtal checkpoint, Damascus http://youtu.be/_3fW77WQ8To
Rebels bring down a Sukhoy warplane in the Raqqa countryside http://youtu.be/SiUYdw2iQgk
Another video produced by the Russians covering the tank assault on the town of Daraya in Damascus Suburbs http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=437792469635518 The view from the rebels’ perspective http://youtu.be/jl4Qx7GluMU
Heavy clashes in Daraa City http://youtu.be/Uf8Ck526Mh4 , http://youtu.be/9cbV567yzJ8 , http://youtu.be/DwXq2gdqNsg , http://youtu.be/rS75XcGg8f0
Heavy clashes take place in Rushdiyeh, Deir Ezzor http://youtu.be/Bz0CKaQ3KWE , http://youtu.be/5KL1Wq5L_eI
The towns of Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus Suburbs, continue to be the target of warplanes and missile attacks: Saqba http://youtu.be/4Pmp5wVheuk Arbeen http://youtu.be/vF791qGyDsE