Syrian War Report – September 17, 2018: Al-Qaeda Members In Idlib Pretend To Be ‘Democratic Activists’

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On September 14, thousands of people participated in Turkish-backed demonstrations across the militant-held parts of the provinces of Idlib, Lattakia and Aleppo in northwestern Syria to protest against a potential fully-fledged offensive by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies as well as to show its support to the Turkish policy in the region. These events, which took place in more than two dozen towns and villages, were widely covered by the mainstream media as a show-case of the democracy and the resistance to the bloody Assad dictatorship.

However, they accidentally forgot to mention that the largest demonstrations took place under flags of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), al-Qaeda and other similar radical groups, included chanting of sectarian slogans and mostly consisted of members of Idlib militant groups and persons linked to them. Multiple masked and armed militants were presented. The demonstration in Idlib city de-facto turned into the march of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Demonstrators used various banners slamming the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance and even threatening Russia with terrorist attacks. For example, in Kafr Jales, the democratic activists raised a large banner with Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş – a Turkish terrorist, who killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in 2016. With such people we will win … The Turks are our brothers,” the banner’s text said.

It is interesting to note that a day ahead of the demonstrations, on September 13, Huthaifa Azzam, a son of Al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam, called on members of militant groups to avoid using radical flags because the international media may mention them in its coverage.

On September 15, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) deployed six battle tanks, ten armoured vehicles and a command vehicle at its observation posts in Shir Maghar and Eshtabraq in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Previously, the TAF deployed battle tanks at its observation post in Murak.

Deployments of the TAF military equipment, the demonstrations, the angled coverage of the situation in the MSM and multiple claims by the US and its allies, that they will attack Syria if some chemical weapons incident is reported, are a part of the ongoing campaign aimed at preventing the SAA and its allies from delivering a final blow to the terrorists hiding in Idlib. In this very situation, Turkey and the US-led bloc share the goal to rescue Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and similar groups in order to keep alive the militarized opposition to the Damascus government in northwestern Syria.

On September 16, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), officially announced that the YPG will not participate in the expected SAA operation in Idlib province. He added that the Kurdish group will continue carrying out attacks on Turkey-led forces in Afrin.

Reports about the possible YPG participate in the Idlib advance appeared earlier this year amid some rapprochement between the Kurdish political leadership and Damascus caused by a series of the YPG setbacks in the standoff against Turkey-led forces and repeated statements by US President Donald Trump that US forces will be withdrawn from Syria. Now, when it became clear that Trump’s statements are just statements, the YPG once again toughened its stance towards the Syrian government putting itself in a self-proclaimed vassal of the US in Syria.

On the other hand, Washington avoid declaring its open support to the YPG in the region in order to avoid further diplomatic escalation with Turkey. The US-led coalition prefers to use the brand of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alleged alliance of various opposition groups, in fact dominated by the YPG, in reports on its ground operations in Syria.

Currently, the SDF is working to eliminate the ISIS-held pocket of Hajin on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. SDF units have captured a number of positions there, but a main part of the area remains in the hands of ISIS.

On September 16, fierce clashes appeared between the SAA and ISIS in the Deir Ezzor-Homs desert with the terrorist group attacking government positions in several points. Earlier, some pro-government sources claimed that the desert had been fully secured. These reports are untrue.

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  • Anyone with even half a brain could see that the “spontaneous demonstrations” were a propaganda show put on by HTS (Qaida) and their puppet masters, FUKUS. Sadly, most Westerners are too busy drinking beer and watching sports to notice the smoke in front of their faces. Deep State Orcs take advantage of that to stoke War Fever and Useful Idiot Sheeple baa, baa, baa to the MSM propaganda tune.

    • Trustin Judeau

      Absolutely.I know few people who follow MSM news and they still believe that SAA doesnt fight ISIS and they also believe that Assad created ISIS.They also believe the moderate rebels myth.It is sad state of affairs.

      • They are more interested in debating whether Labatt or Molson or Skunky beer should be the next round! :D

    • Lupus

      Lol well said

    • paul ( original )

      I don’t really think that it is westerners immersed in sport and
      drinking who are the problem. You could be right , but I think it is
      the chattering classes and the political elite who are really the
      problem . They are steeped in arrogance and believe their own
      propaganda ,and accept anything that somehow conforms to their
      twisted view of the world. They are also malevolent, by comparison
      the average person is more in the nature of a bystander.

      • gustavo

        Sorry, but I have talked with many ordinary USA citizen, and it happens just like Richard M said. I could not find just a single one (out of intellectual) that could think different from CNN-FOX opinion.

        • paul ( original )

          I am sure you are correct. I was really only trying to point our where the guilt lays.

      • I think we agree. In 1984, Orwell describes a 3 Class society. Proles, Outer Party and Inner Party. My paragraph (above) describes the Proles. Yours describes the Outer Party of which Winston Smith was one functionary. As for the Inner Party a one word description suffices. Evil.

        • paul ( original )

          Yes that’s what I am trying to describe. I don’t doubt that the populous is as you say. My point is to point at where the guilt lays.

  • Trustin Judeau

    The rebel supporters online are fawning over this PR show.”The revolution is alive” and such stuff like that.They dont mention that HTS took part in such demonstrations.There were even some rebel supporters who said that HTS is not a terrorist group – just lol.

  • Hide Behind

    Russia and Turkey have today agreed upon a Turkish controlled border zone, yet one more give away by Russia of Syrian lands.
    Acts such as this by Russia, such as ceding control to US and its Kurd allies of a huge chunk of Syria, should make one wonder just who and heck runs the government in Damascus, and is there any reality of Syria National Sovereignty in the New geopolitical world.
    Staged demostrations or not, Turkey, and the US/Nato Kurd lands are now and in hands of and as future permanent entities.
    Thus the globalist goals are in fact accomplished, a divided and permanently split up of Syria into minor p-pot lackey states .
    Only thing not quite accomplished is death of Asaad, but he has been reduced to no more than a manequin; a powerless figurehead for populace propaganda.
    A figurehead whose personal and friends wealth now depends upon charity and theft of and by members of this New World Order.

    • gustavo

      Then, Israel plan was really (after all) successful (maybe not 100% because Iran and Russia are still alive, but no for long).

  • alejoeisabel

    Russia has just announced a “cease fire” in Idlib. Looks like Putin put a knife in Assad’s back.

  • John Wallace

    Seems funny that ever since I made a comment against Daeshbags-Sux on Almasda I have been prevented from making any comments at all even though I have always been pro Assad , pro Syria and anti American intervention. So much for their ” we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.” policy..