As a pro-Assad militia leader explained that the driving philosophy behind the current operations in Banyas and its surroundings is to “cleanse and liberate” the only coastal town in Syria where Sunnis make up a majority, and as hundreds of Sunni families are indeed being forced to flee, world attention seems destined to focus over the next phase on the allegations just brought by Carla Del Ponte that rebels were behind the use of Sarin gas in Syria! And yet, miraculously, it’s the rebels and their supporters who are being killed and displaced! Cut the bullshit!, pardon my Italian! Had rebels had access to Sarin gas and had they had the necessary knowhow to deploy it, they might have been tempted to use it during their months-long siege of various military airports that keep raining death and havoc on their communities. The fact that they haven’t reflects either a principled stand on their part, lack of access, or both, but in all cases, it makes clear that the Sarin call in Syria has been heeded by the Assadists only, not the rebels. QED
“Cleanse and Liberate”
In this leaked video we see a leader of a pro-Assad militia known as Al-Kayyal speaking to supporters during a recent recruitment rally explaining the philosophy behind the current loyalist campaign in the coastal town of Banyas. Al-Kayyak is a Turkish Alawite and leads a small militia of Turkish Alawite recruits fighting for Assad in Syria. The religious scholar to his left is an Alawite religious figure known as Mouaffac Ghazal. Al-Kayyal says that Banyas (a town where the majority population happens to be Sunni Arab whereas the population of the larger province happens to be Alawite) is the only outlet the “traitors” [AKA the Sunnis] have to the sea and could be used to bring enemies from abroad, hence the need to “besiege” and “cleanse” the town, “sooner rather than later.” The essence of their resistance, he says, is to “cleanse and liberate.” Politics is not their concern, he says. http://youtu.be/y0P4rhRjR9I Indeed, the city of Banyas is now being targeted by heavy artillery http://youtu.be/HGGWTJpNdJM
Cleanse Your Mind
Meanwhile, member of the UN commission member investigating possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, Carla Del Ponte, made a statement in a press conference in Geneva in which she seemed to assume that rebels were beyond the use of Sarin gas in the incidents under investigation. While she claimed that the results of the investigation provided “strong, concrete suspicions” that Sarin was used, she said that the evidence was not “incontrovertible.” She then added matter of fact that the use of Sarin was “on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.” She offered no evidence in this regard, but she seems to be referring to official claims made by the Assad regime after an attack took place against the town of Khan Al-Assal for which the regime blamed rebels – a ludicrous and unsupported claim that was nonetheless widely circulated by international media at the time.
However, Del Pone’s statement, as sensational as it is at this stage, does not seem to reflect an official position by the commission itself, as such, an official clarification needs to be issued soon. For the real story in Syria today is the all too visible and ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign against the Sunni population in coastal and central areas in Syria and the repetitive incidents of Sarin gas use in a variety of locations across the country by regime forces. Incidents of the regime use of Sarin have been corroborated by the Americans (shyly), the French, the British and the Israelis.
Rebels took over huge segments of Minnigh Military Airport today. The progress comes after a defector killed the Airport’s chief, Ali Salim Mahmoud, and some of his top men two days ago. This is a rebel commander announcing the development two days ago.
Rebels in Deir Ezzor brought down a government chopper killing its 6-men crew http://youtu.be/LjHU9-s5VHw
Unfazed by Israeli raids, regime forces pound rebel strongholds in Damascus City using rockets launchers on top of Mount Qasayoun https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151449186943577&set=vb.558523576&type=2&theater Yarmouk Camp http://youtu.be/v_rqmAOd6B0 , http://youtu.be/RHqkmrtcOPk Southern neighborhoods http://youtu.be/C0zSgzdz5L4 Jobar http://youtu.be/YdoetQKoE6c
And warplanes raid Eastern Ghoutah http://youtu.be/vqCRRgyC7y8 , http://youtu.be/Wd6WrWHpWtU Hamouriyeh http://youtu.be/GFHHwZpQwio
To the West of Damascus, the town of Moadamiyeh continue to be pounded http://youtu.be/bVcSPLsDOQw , http://youtu.be/1nK4hd4unVc
News editor at Syrian Satellite TV, Khalid Khalil, declares his defection and apologizes to the Syrian people for the lateness in announcing his decision, but says he was providing reports to rebels since the beginning of the revolution http://youtu.be/VtTMMjQGWTA