Drowning in Treason and Agency to its American Master against a Revolting People who will not be Diverted by the World’s Conspiracies from Achieving their Goals
After a lot of talks were going on about the American and Western politicians training “The Moderate Syrian Opposition”, with constant calls from the traitor coalition to its masters for arming and coordination, we assume the right to wonder: Is it the training for weaponry, or training for subversion and treason of the sacrifices of the people of Ash-Sham and the blood of their martyrs?! Since when did America care about our blood, dignity and interests and it is the mother of crime in its homeland, so how about in our homeland? How will the issue be straightened while the resonant has been announced by the Syrian revolutionaries: “America: Hasn’t our blood quenched your hatred yet?!” We say to those who call for that or is silent: Have you forgotten “The Lawrence of Arabia”?! Or it seems that you have forgotten the crimes of Dayton and the criminals he has prepared and trained to commit various types of injustice and torture on the Muslims of Palestine to an extent that it exceeded the crimes of “Israel”, but it rather reached the limit for some who preferred to be arrested by “Israel” than falling into the dirty hands trained by even dirtier hands?! Are you satisfied that our situation is like that of those who get out of a muddy swamp so he cleans himself and puts perfume on it then goes to plunge into a new swamp?! Give us a place where America entered without encroaching it with havoc, destruction, and blood baths!! Have Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and others transformed into heavens and permanent paradises or into tortures, moans, screams, blood, and carnage?! What is wrong with you? How do you make judgments?!
“Friendly Fires” are killing the Kurds in Ain al Arab (Kobane). Therefore, who is holding people accountable and who’s originally responding to the denunciation and condemnation?! Before this, there was the targeting of the sincere revolutionaries, which reached many factions with some under the excuse of fighting “terrorism” and “ISIS”!! Another American symphony about “information” about the Khurasan organization on the Land of Ash-Sham as an excuse ready for more crimes against Islam and the Muslims, so who is holding America accountable for what its hands are committing against the Islamic Ummah?! Is America working on preparing “The Moderate Opposition” to be the “Merciful Angels” or arms abiding by the orders of the American master as declared by the American politicians with their tongues and not the tongues of others?!
O Muslims in the Proud Ash-Sham:
The Lord of The Throne سبحانه وتعالى decided upon this matter in His Mighty Book by describing the nature of the conflict between us and the West as a conflict between Kufr and Iman… There is no meeting point in it or intersection… So, is there anyone who takes heed or considers this?! Allah سبحانه وتعالى said:
وَلَن تَرْضَى عَنكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلاَ النَّصَارَى حَتَّى تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ
“And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion”
He سبحانه وتعالى also said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
“You who have iman! do not take the Jews and Christians as your awliya; they are the awliya of one another. Any of you who takes them as awliya is one of them. Allah does not guide wrongdoing people.”
We in Hizb ut Tahrir / Wilayah Syria warn whoever puts his hand in the hand of the Americans and their criminal allies (the Arab rulers) from the wrath of The One Who Takes Retribution, The Overpowering Lord, then from the anger of the revolting people of Ash-Sham who have presented huge sacrifices to be ruled with the justness of Islam over the ruins of tyranny, and not by the injustice of those whom America works to prepare so that they obey it and become cheap tools used by it after removing the head of the system and keeping its muddy roots in control of all sorts of security and military criminal branches.
Ash-Sham is the home of the pious believers, who watered this blessed land with their pure blood. They will not be satisfied with half-solutions or any partial solutions, but rather they will not be satisfied without overthrowing the system with all of its symbols, pillars, and crimes, to rule upon its ruins with the justness and mercy of Islam in a state ordered by the Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم which the governing system in it will be the system of Khilafah. That is a promise of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and the glad tidings of His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, and who is more truthful in saying other than Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم?
Allah سبحانه وتعالى said:
وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُم فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَــا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِـــن قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُم مِّـــن بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْــناً يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئاً وَمَـــن كَفَرَ بَـــعْدَ ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ
“Allah has promised those of you who have iman and do right actions that He will make them successors in the land as He made those before them successors, and will firmly establish for them their deen with which He is pleased and give them, in place of their fear, security. ‘They worship Me, not associating anything with Me.’ Any who are kafir after that, such people are deviators.”
Ahmad Abdul Wahab
Head of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir Wilayah of Syria
Thursday 22nd Dhul Hijjah 1435 AH – 16/10/2014 CE
No: 214/1435 AH
Such are the people whom the western capitalists would call as “terrorists”.
Mayor of Kessab, Fasgain Shaparian: “Not a single Armenian was harmed by the opposition.”
Statement from the Islamic Front on the liberation of the city of Kessab
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
Following the heroic liberation of Kessab, the desperate Assad regime has launched a smear campaign to portray the liberation as an act of sectarian genocide targeting the Syrian-Armenian community.
The Islamic Front categorically rejects this unsubstantiated accusation. The Islamice Front has never had, nor will it ever hold, malevolent intention towards any religious or ethnic group in Syria.
Kessab is a city that holds military and strategic value regardless of the religious affiliations of its inhabitants.
Knowing that the Assad regime will respond in an indiscriminate and barbaric manner using heavy artillery and aeirial bombardment, some local residents chose to leave the city. We ensured their secure transit to areas of safety whenever it was possible.
We will continue to hold Kessab, and we will continue to work with local residents to ensure their safety and well-being and the protection of their homes and places of worship.
We call upon the international community and international media organizations not to be swayed by this latest round of regime propaganda aimed at distorting the image of the Syrian revolution.
It is clear to us that the true aim of this campaign is to bring international pressure on the Islamic Front and our allies in the armed struggle to cease the military campaign in the coastal region.
The Assad regime also wishes to stoke sectarian tensions in the country by portraying such a campaign as not one of liberation but of subjugation.
Time and time again the Assad regime, whose higher purposes are its own self-preservation and nothing else, is manipulating the matter of ethnic and sectarian co-existence for its own cynical interests.
We remind the world that the Syrian revolution is based on the principles of freedom, dignity, and inclusiveness. It has been the regime’s divide-and-rule policies that have created hatreds and schisms against which we have rebelled.
The Islamic Front is committed to honouring the principles of our great revolution and resolved to liberating the entire coastal region. We call upon the “Friends of Syria” to provide the necessary means of support to continue this campaign until victory.
Islamic Front — Political Office
On Sunday 23rd March, rebels in Syria launched offensive (of which AlNusra, an AlQaeda affiliated group, was but one of many participants) into Latakia province via Idlib and East Latakia (AlAnfal offensive). Among the towns and villages seized from Assad regime troops in the advance, was Kessab and its Turkey border crossing. Three days later the world was hit by the largest viral social media disinformation campaign in history.
A cacophony of hoax images, misused videos, and Syrian State TV reports (including the 80 killed 12 beheaded story, which was then taken and cited by tens of smaller outlets giving the illusion of a large source basin) spread through social media like wildfire. Once again, Assad is pulling the minorities propaganda card.
A “#SaveKessab” trend riled up a global community of expat Armenians, Twitter teenagers, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians viewers; to arms (i.e. iPhone fingers). Catchy propaganda posters with gory images coupled with lent voices from famously stupid famous people fed fuel to the Twitter fire. Hoax images are mostly being posted first to Instagram with the ArmenianUnity and SaveKessab instagram pages being so far the most notorious for posting misused and hoax images.
(Below: Famously stupid famous people lending their fans and followers)
The result thousands of wannabe politically-enlightened good-will “activists” (Who have never heard of Kessab in their lives, don’t know where it is, and utterly blissfully ignorant of the Syrian conflict) ravenously retweeting, tweeting and hashtagging the ongoing “Mass murder and genocide of Armenians in Kessab by the Turkish military and AlQaeda, a continuation of the 1915 genocide” – because as per the rules of Twitter, enough retweets can stop a non-existent genocide from happening. Welcome to the internet.
Makes you think why Kessab earns a global trend, where was such Save_____ hashtags for the brutal massacres in Syria’s Banias? Ghouta? Jdeidat alFadl? Halfiyeh? Deir Ba’albeh? Sanamain? Darayya? etc etc.
Here is a summary of the authentic images, videos and sights from Kessab, showing churches unharmed and residents untouched: http://nshakfeh.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/the_facts_about_kassab/
The only released image from Kessab showing “rebel atrocities” in Kessab that is authentic, is this one of a church with its cross removed, an action which saw sharp rebuke and if direct video proof is anything to go by, has not been repeated. I repeat, I do not condone any action of sectarian basis, desecration of any holy site, or have any support to Jabhat alNusra who participated in the Anfal offensive:
But, Church with cross removed =/= Genocide.
I must stress as I have plenty before, I and “we” acknowledge the horrors of the 1915 Armenian genocide and condemn it along with any discrimination against Armenians who are fully a part of Syria and its society. It must also be stressed that the wave of racist, abusive and outrageously bigoted responses many have received for debunking Assad state media on Kessab, most commonly along the lines of “Go f*** yourself you dirty Muslim pig of a Turk”, are not appreciated.
Now onto the catalysts:
One particular video has been repeatedly shared and posted as the base proof of “mass execution and genocide of Armenians in Kessab” reportedly showing Al-Qaeda affiliated fighters executing Armenian civilians.
Here is the most commonly shared still of the video, which has been repeatedly reposted many hundreds of times:
The video is 4 months old (from 4th January) and is of 10 captive regime troops being executed by AlNusra front in Aleppo. Nothing to do with Kessab.
Here is a re-upload of the video by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights with a report attached: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZljM2NGR5II&feature=youtu.be
Another video seen spread around is of “two Armenians stopped and executed in Kessab by AlNusra”. Seen this uploaded a few times, here’s an example: http://www.veooz.com/videos/hH256Zj.html
Its actually a famous old video of ISIS executing 2 Alawite truck drivers in Iraq, August 2013:
Now to the most famous and widespread gore propaganda poster on Kessab. I cannot bear to think how many times this has been posted on to Instagram and Twitter – The first upload that went viral (I believe) being on the ArmenianUnity Instagram page. In either case it sums up the a few of the most misused images in the SaveKessab hoaxes.
Here is the image compilation tweeted in typical format:
The bottom image has been dealt with so lets take the rest apart.
Top left is perhaps the most famous propaganda hoax of the Syrian conflict and seemingly the second most widespread individual image on the SaveKessab trend- initially used by Assad propagandists to claim Syrian rebels rape and mutilate Christian girls, now recycled for Kessab:
And as has been explained an unbelievable times over the past few years, its from a gore-horror film from 2005, “Inner Depravity”, directed by some twisted person Remy Couture.
Next is the top right image, the one I personally found the most outrageous, claimed to be an “Armenian Christian child in Kessab beheaded by Turks and/or Rebels and/or AlQaeda and/or The Bogeyman”
Here’s another variation of the image also being misused aplenty in the SaveKessab campaign.
This is Fatima Meghlaj, a young muslim girl decapitated by Assad artillery shelling on her house in Idlib, 2012. Her image became one of the symbols of the Syrian revolution:http://www.therevoltingsyrian.com/post/31731941551/her-name-is-fatima-meghlaj-2-years-old-from-kafr
Of course, its not the first time Meghlaj’s image has been misused by Islamaphobic propaganda to demonise rebels: http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/graphic-muslim-trophy-in-syria-lifeless-body-of-decapitate-christian-child/
Now the bottom left beheading image:
his is a still from a hoax, of a hoax. Initially used by the Assad regime to claim rebels beheading priest Francois Murad with two other priests in Ghassaniya, North Syria, and prompted a global internet sensation in July 2013.
Of course, it was later debunked to be another unknown execution of prisoners by ISIS in Mashhad Ruhin, and dismissed by Human Rights Watch and the Vatican: http://m.ibtimes.co.uk/syria-catholic-priest-beheading-video-murad-485700
Now it is being used to claim Christians being killed by *insert something to do with Turkey, or AlQaeda, or Turkey, or Israel, or Turkey, or Turkey* in Kessab.
Lastly, the bottom right image:
Earliest uploads of the image claim it to be of Yusuf Abiddin, beheaded by AlNusra front in June 2013, so, also not Kessab: http://thahop.com/blogs/1/2651/warning-man-kidnapped-and-behea
Now here comes another majorly viral image claiming to show a Church in Kessab with its cross removed and replaced by AQ flag.
As is the nature of such things, they will inevitably get picked up and trumpeted by any Islamaphobia propaganda outlet within viewing distance of the internet, Walid Shoebat’s blog in particular.
Anyways the image is from a church in Raqqa, hundreds of km away and under ISIS control (under which the churches were desecrated):
Then there’s this, posted many times making a comparison to the 1915 genocide and claiming the lower image to be of Christians beheaded by rebels in Kessab.
The image is from February 2014, showing four Kurds from the Jabhat alAkrad rebel group beheaded and mocked by ISIS in the town of ‘Azaz before ISIS was driven out of the town by a rebel coalition. The image was widely uploaded and the first detailed report of the beheadings is here: http://aranews.org/en/home/kurdish-region/1049-isil-fighters-behead-four-kurds.html
Now this, self expalantory. Oh lol:
Once again, another ISIS crimes from Raqqa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1aPWH0_crU
The crucified man was later identified to be an Islamist rebel fighter from Ahrar alSham, a group which participated in the Kessab assault. Irony is never lost.
This one was also particularly outrageous:
“This is deep, yet some people have the nerves to deny that there’s innocent Christians being killed”
Haha, because there aren’t.
Notice the top of the tweeted image maliciously cropped out to hide the tweet origin, being in 2013 from @Hhassan140, an editor on TheNational?
Honestly if you’re gonna make propaganda make it vaguely plausible at least. The actual image is from Decembr 2013 and it went viral across the internet, showing a boy injured after a barrel bomb attack on Aleppo, the words being reported by a local LCC page apparently.
And of course, what’s an Assad propaganda campaign without recycled Red Cross images from the May 2013 Banias Massacre? Its just not ever complete without it. “WOW” indeed. Moving right along.
This image has also propped up a few times under the SaveKessab trend:
Image is from Aleppo 2012:
Here’s another such propaganda poster, this time claiming to show a boy shot in the head by *insert something turkey turkey erDOGan*.
Not 100% what the origin of the image is but earliest upload dates in 2006 state it as a victim from a bomb blast in Bahrain: