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22. April 2014, 23.39 Uhr:

Die islamische Nation blutet

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Da ging er zum Suna-gemäßen Kopfabscheiden in den Orient und schloss sich dort ISIL an , der Berliner Rapper Denis Cuspert alias Deso Dog alias Abu Talha al-Almani, und nun, so scheint es, kam er nicht im Gefecht mit irgendwelchen Ungläubigen im heiligen Krieg ums Leben, sondern sein Licht wurde von der jihadistischen Konkurrenz der Jabhat al-Nusra ausgeblasen:

He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al-Nusra Front, a rival jihadist group that is Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate.

Messages posted on jihadist Internet forums announced his death.

“The Islamic nation is bleeding with the news of the martyrdom of the jihadist fighter, brother Abu Talha al-Almani. May he be accepted by God,” one message read.

Seit zweit Tagen, und das ist auffällig, twittert Cuspert auch nicht mehr, allerdings wird auf einigen deutschen Jihadisten-Seiten behauptet, ein anderer Abu Talha al-Almani sei bei dem Anschlag umgekommen, Cuspert dagegen noch am Leben.

Update: Es scheint sich in der Tat um einen anderen Abu Talha gehandelt zu haben. Seit heute morgen (23.4.2013) twittert Cuspert wieder und erklärt: “as salamu alaikum dear brothers and sisters i did not become shaheed,it was a mistake,may allah accept the other bro.”

21. April 2014, 15.03 Uhr:

Iran ist der Kopf, Hizbollah der Körper

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus einem Interview mit Heci Ehmet El Kurdi, einem Offizier von Jahbat al-Akrat, einer kurdischen Brigade, die innerhalb der Free Syrian Army kämpft:

Right now a large part of the aid which Western states are sending is ending up in the hands of Islamists.(…)

If it had been left to the state Syria would have fallen long ago. It went beyond the state a long time ago. It is Iran and Hezbollah which are keeping the regime on its feet. There is the Baath regime but unofficially the country has passed [under the control of] Iran and Iran is governing. It is Iran and Hezbollah which are controlling [the situation] and doing the fighting. On the Syrian War Council there are five people; two are from Iran and two are from Hezbollah. One is from the Syrian regime. In Syria the brain is Iran and the body is Hezbollah. (…)

We as Jabhat El-Akrad want and have as our goal a democratic Syria. We want a free country in which every people can live freely, those of different faiths can find their own space to live, and all constitutional rights will be guaranteed. Our foundational philosophy is to create a free and united country, not to destroy each other. We are fighting for this reason. It is our duty to show respect to every people and faith and to protect them. It is our responsibility to protect the lives and property of  whoever comes to us for help, no matter who they are.

19. April 2014, 11.40 Uhr:


von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die UN hilft  bedürftigen Menschen in Syrien, vorausgesetzt sie leben in Gebieten, die vom Regime kontrolliert werden, denn Regierungen sind nun einmal die Partner der UN. Wer unter Hungerblockade des Regimes leidet, hat eben Pech gehabt. Statt Nahrung gibt’s dann Giftgas, barrel bombs und täglichen Attilleriebeschuss. Und das mit voller Duldung, ja Unterstützung der sogenannten “Friends of Syria"-Gruppe, der auch die BRD und die USA angehören.

The UN continues to give the Assad regime complete control of all aid distribution, fully aware that, except for token quantities delivered to some areas in calculated regime PR exercises, none of the aid is going to people being deliberately starved to death by the regime.
The Western ‘Friends of Syria’ governments – three of which (the US, Britain and France) are permeanent UNSC members – who are fully cognisant and supportive of this UN policy, continue to give it their tacit approval, issuing no condemnation of the Assad regime’s ongoing deliberate mass starvation of much of the Syrian population.

With the silent complicity of the rest of the ‘international community,’ Assad, Iran and Russia continue to withhold food, medicine, fuel and all forms of humanitarian aid to areas outside the regime’s control – most of Syria – as well as cutting off supplies of water, electricity and all utilities.

These areas are also subjected to daily relentless aerial and ground carpet bombing, with Assad’s forces regularly regularly using ballistic, air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles, poison gas, white phosphorous and cluster bombs, again with no complaint from the international community and hardly any coverage by the world’s media.

This policy of collective punishment of a civilian population, which is strictly illegal under international law, is being implemented with full international support, with the victim being lambasted as “terrorists.”

19. April 2014, 00.27 Uhr:

Spannungen zwischen Assad und Hizbollah

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Militärisch waren es Hizbollah und Iran, die das Überleben des Assad Regimes bislang ermöglicht haben, wie inzwischen auch hochrangige iranische Militärs stolz verkünden. Längst hört man, das syrische Regime habe inzwischen nicht mehr viel zu melden und seine iranischen Berater gewännen zunehmend an Einfluss. Gleiches gilt für die Hizbollah, die viel riskiert und inzwischen mit Tausenden ihrer besten Kämpfern in Syrien engagiert ist. Ob allen innerhalb der syrischen Regierung und des  Militärs diese Entwicklung wirklich gefällt, ist äußerst fraglich, und in letzter Zeit mehren sich Berichte von offenen Auseinandersetzungen und wachsenden Spannungen:

In recent months, the Syrian regime has made many advances and has recaptured lost territory. And with the presidential elections approaching, Bashar al-Assad wants to show that he is still in charge. “This has created a conflict with Hezbollah, because without the direct involvement of the Party of God, these victories wouldn’t have been possible,” said Mario Abou Zeid, an analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center. (…)

In recent weeks, tensions between Hezbollah and the Syrian army have risen. Several Hezbollah fighters have been killed in friendly fire by Syrian army soldiers, part of a longer chain of incidents from the Syrian front. One Hezbollah commander was killed during the battle of Aleppo by a member of the Syrian Presidential Guard, leading to the party’s temporary withdrawal from the front. Hezbollah troops only returned after negotiations with regime forces.

The Syrian army subsequently restricted the access of Hezbollah-associated media channels and banned them from reporting live on the battlefield. Reporters from the Lebanese TV stations Al-Mayadeen and Al-Manar were among those impeded from covering the front. Syrian presidential political and media adviser Bouthayna Chaaban explained on her Facebook page that the measure was in response to “friendly TV stations” saying that the regime would not survive without the support of Hezbollah.

19. April 2014, 00.20 Uhr:

Was fehlt ist 'sense of citizenship'

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ausgerechnet ein ehemaliger Berater des gestürzten ägyptischen Präsidenten Muhammad Mursi bringt auf den Punkt, woran es der ägyptischen und mit ihr allen Staaten der Region mangelt: einem “equal citizenship", das umzusetzen einer der zentralen Forderungen während des sog. arabischen Frühlings war.

Discrimination against Christians, as against all other minorities, whether religious, ethnic or merely socio-economic, is a deliberate act on the part of the state that has for the last four decades decided to base its power on prompting unease amongst citizens. The objective, Al-Sayyad argues, was for the state to play groups of citizens against one another, to prevent the collective facing up to the injustice it imposes.

“In an incremental way, the accumulated grievances stripped many of their sense of citizenship; people stopped feeling that they belong to this country, or that this country belongs to them,” Al-Sayyad argues.

Then, with the January 25 Revolution, this sense of citizenship suddenly reappeared. “I would argue that the image of Tahrir Square on the day of 11 February 2011, when Mubarak was forced to finally step down, is really the ultimate embodiment of regained citizenship. It was the day when everybody felt they were Egyptians and there was no sense of any discrimination — not on any basis,” he adds.

A true failure of Morsi’s presidency, argues the former presidential advisor, was Morsi’s inability to maintain and expand this sentiment.

16. April 2014, 12.06 Uhr:

Iran sei Dank

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Vor Jahren hieß es, eine westliche Intervention in Syrien führe zu einem Bürgerkrieg. Nun, es kam bekanntlich zu keiner westlichen Intervention, wohl aber zu Intervention und Bürgerkrieg. Und der Iran rühmt sich nun auch ganz offen, dass nur Dank seiner großzügigen logistischen, finanziellen und militärischen Unterstützung das Assad Regime noch am Ruder ist und so auch weiter barrel bombs und Giftgas abwerfen kann:

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad would have lost the battle if Iran did not support him, the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Forces Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.

The Iranian news agency Fars reported Hajizadeh saying that Al-Assad had achieved victory over the opposition with support from different powers from outside the country. “He remained in power just because Iran wanted that,” he said.

Inzwischen sollen über 40 000 schiitische Milizionäre aus aller Welt in Syrien unter iranischer Anleitung ihren heiligen Krieg führen:

Iran is the chief bankroller of the Shiite groups, many of which have come into Syria on the pretext of protecting the sacred burial sites of members of the Prophet Mohamed’s family, also known as the Ahl Al-Beit. The number of Shiite combatants in Syria is not clear, although one estimate puts it at 40,000 fighters.

Aber sie sind keineswegs die einzigen Ausländer, die offen in Syrien intervenieren, auch sunnitische Djihadisten aus dem Kaukasus beispielsweise richten sich in vom Islamischen Staat (ISIS) kontrollierten Gebieten zunehmend häuslich ein. Anders als die syrische Opposition, deren Terrotorien täglich angegriffen werden, hat ISIS vom Regime  dieser Tage nichts zu befürchten, im Gegenteil, man bekämpft ja die selben Feinde:

A faction led by Abu Hanif, a native of Dagestan in the Russian Caucasus, has opened a kindergarten for the children of Russian-speaking fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham. (…)

The faction announces:

In the school, there will not be the chronic poisoning of Muslims by infidels, who impose various infidel holidays like New Year or other days of various sorts of “saints”. Praise Allah, the phrase “the theory of evolution” will remain nothing more than known stupidity, which, probably, they will never even hear.

14. April 2014, 13.23 Uhr:

ISIS und das Assad Regime

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Seit Wochen versuchen Milizen des Islamischen Staates im Irak und der Levante (ISIS) die von der kurdischen PYD kontrollierten Kantone im Norden Syriens zu erobern. Bislang ist ihnen dies nicht gelungen, kurdische Kämpfer leisten erbitterten Widerstand und fügen ISIS dabei hohe Verluste zu. Inzwischen wird immer klarer, dass die Jihadisten von ISIL auch über Territorien angreifen, die von der syrischen Armee kontrolliert werden.

Dazu erklärt ein Offizier der kurdischen Miliz YPG:

As you know there have been fierce clashes between the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) and ISIS gangs. Their purpose is to occupy the Kobane Canton and putting an end to the freedom Kurdish people are enjoying in Rojava. They wanted to include Kobane into their Islamic state. That is why they launched broad attacks against Kobane from the east, west and south. They attack us with the support of the Assad regime, and also Turkey is turning a blind eye.

There have been fierce clashes between the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) and ISIS gangs. Their purpose is to occupy the Kobane Canton and putting an end to the freedom Kurdish people are enjoying in Rojava. They wanted to include Kobane into their Islamic state. That is why they launched broad attacks against Kobane from the east, west and south. They attack us with the support of the Assad regime, and also Turkey is turning a blind eye. (…)

As you know, numerous units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were defeated by the ISIS. These days, many FSA fighters have taken refuge in the Kurdish regions. In many fronts the YPG and FSA forces are fighting side by side against extremists. It is not in the regime’s interests that Kurds are powerful and that Rojava remains safe. Furthermore, the regime wants to play Kurds and the FSA-related groups off against each other. (…)

It has been several months since the ISIS forces have not fired a shot against the regime forces. Plus, regime warplanes have bombed so many civilians in Aleppo, Idlib, Homs and other places, yet not raided any of the ISIS military bases. The public should know that most of the ISIS fighters attacking us came from Deir ez-Zor, Shaddadeh, and Markadeh, passing through Kawkar Mountain in Hasakah. If the regime forces wanted, they could have easily shelled and exterminated them all. But, they did not.

Soviel auch zu der Mär und syrischen Propaganda, Assad sei irgendwie ein Partner im Kampf gegen den Jihadismus und Al Qaida, das kleinere Übel zumindest.

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