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SYRIA: CNN Normalizes Suicide Bombers and Embeds Reporters with ISIS and Al Qaeda | Vanessa Beeley


SYRIA: CNN Normalizes Suicide Bombers and Embeds Reporters with ISIS and Al Qaeda

5th August 2016
Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire
As the battle for Aleppo gathers momentum and the encircled terrorist factions respond violently to the strangulation of their supply lines and diminishment of their territory in eastern Aleppo, CNN  goes to extraordinary lengths to obfuscate US connections to these terror gangs, romanticise the role of terror in Syria and even more astonishingly “normalise” suicide bombers and promote the re-branded Al Nusra as the new “moderates”. 
Al Nusra Front (aka Al Qaeda in Syria) under new nomenclature suddenly become ‘freedom fighters’ (sounds familiar) and the new ‘reasonable option’ in the US mainstream media and the US voting public barely seem to notice?
On August 2nd 2016, as the Syrian Arab Army made serious advances on the ground against the NATO and GCC-backed terrorist factions occupying the eastern sectors of Aleppo, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat Al Nusra made the announcement that it was changing the name of the group.  Naturally, CNN ran with this story almost immediately.
This re-branding also coincides with the agreement between Russia and the US to finally combine forces in combating Al Qaeda/Al Nusra fighting inside Syria. Here we can see the true function of CNN in the conflict theatre – to help sculpt the US government narrative – and to carefully nudge the public perception along those lines.
CNN’s crack journalist, Clarissa Ward, who has visited terrorist held areas inside Syria 14 timessince the NATO dirty war on Syria began 5 years ago, even donning the full veil and chador, or niqab, presumably to “respect” the ‘moderate rebel’ jihadi extremist demands, has played the staring role in the CNN team producing these sensational reports.
Clarissa Ward who professes Syria is a place “close to her heart” wrote that Al Nusra had taken the decision to split from Al Qaeda and re-brand as Jabhat Fatah al Sham.
Mostafa Mahamed, one of the group’s leaders, says that prior to the split al-Nusra “was an official branch of al Qaeda. We reported to their central command and we worked within their framework, we adhered to their policies.With the formation of JFS, or Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, we are completely independent. That means we don’t report to anyone, we don’t receive our directives from any external entity.” ~ CNN Report
CNN then go on to draw on comments from Charles Lister, known propagandist and executive producer of the “moderate rebel” promotional literature. Scholar at the the Washington based and Qatari funded Middle East Institute, Charles Lister of course celebrates this name change, claiming it is a natural progression for the group to protect it from Russian and Syrian Airforce strikes.
Qatar itself is also heavily invested in “regime change” in Syria.  Besides funding the terrorist factions directly, Qatar is also involved in the more subtle building of a shadow state inside Syria via the myriad of NATO and EU funded NGOs who serve as a fifth column for the governments hostile to Syria and enable these governments to work on infiltrating local services and councils. This operation has been discussed in a previous 21st Century Wire article,#AleppoIsBurning Campaign Created by NATO to Facilitate a “No Bomb Zone.”
So, this group that receives weapons, equipment and “directives” from NATO member states, in particular the US, has rebranded to prevent Russia targeting them as an internationally designated terrorist group? According to Charles Lister, there are perfectly logical explanations for this re-brand that defy such spurious speculation:
“Al Qaeda as an international organization has been changing,” says Lister. “It is becoming more of an idea than an organization. It is looking to decentralize jihad, to give more autonomy to individual affiliates with the aim of making jihadi rule more likely. “Jabhat al-Nusra has demonstrated the value of that,” he says, distancing itself from some of the more bloodthirsty Islamist groups. “It has an explicit ban on tough punishments: It doesn’t chop hand off for thievery, it doesn’t execute for murder.” ~ CNN Report
Has nobody watching or reading CNN realised how twisted this statement is?
Al Nusra does not “chop hands off for thievery, it doesnt execute for murder“. There is some logic to this however… when the murderers absolve themselves of their own crimes it makes sense that they will abolish the execution policy when they are the primary perpetrators of the crime inside Syria. They don’t chop hands off, what is the point when a head can be chopped off instead?
Why punish murder when they are massacring the Syrian people on a daily basis?
Maaloula. Photo: Vanessa Beeley.
The Al Nusra Invasion of Maaloula Whitewashed by CNN
Yesterday Vanessa Beeley [the author] met with Father Talal Taalab, a Christian priest from the historic Christian village of Maaloula perched 15oo metres high on the mountainside of the Rif Dimashq governorate, 56 km north-east of Damascus and close to the border with Lebanon.
This beautiful Syrian Christian village has been in existence for more than 7000 years and has proudly preserved its culture and heritage including the Aramaic language. The following video was filmed on the 29th July 2016 inside the Mar Takla monastery, Maaloula.  The Lords prayer is being recited in Aramaic.
In the 1920s, according to Father Taalab,  Turkey introduced Muslim Brotherhood factions into Maaloula “planting strangers in our land.
The Christian communities welcomed these “strangers” and provided them with housing and land, even building a mosque for them inside Maaloula.
From 2011 onwards, Father Taalab sensed a growing threat from members of this Muslim community, he noticed that many of them were joining the flourishing groups of insurgents and extremists.  Even those living inside Maaloula were being enticed into joining the ranks of those terrorists who wished only to cleanse the area of those who did not adhere to their extreme view of Islam and intolerance towards “apostates” and infidels.
On the 4th September 2013, these terrorists that CNN are trying to present as reformed criminals, suicide bombed the southern SAA checkpoint that was the only defence for the crypto-occupied Christian residents.  A Jordanian suicide bomber drove a truck up to the checkpoint that was blocking the southern entrance to the village and detonated it, giving the signal for the attack to begin.
During this attack, 8 Syrian Army soldiers were murdered by the insurgents and two tanks were disabled.  The terrorists then went on to capture the Safir Hotel which gave them a vantage point from which they could snipe the village residents. Father Taalab describes how many of the Muslim Brotherhood residents who had been their neighbours for years, turned on their Christian hosts and began chanting in support of the Al Nusra insurgents while they were attacking Christian homes and looting or torching their churches.
On the 7th September 2013, Black Saturday in the Maalouli calendar, Al Nusra extremists entered a house in Maaloula.  They rounded up three young men, Sarkis, Mikhael and Anton [see below, from left to right]. Their photos are pinned to the wall of Father Taalab’s office.
3Al Nusra demanded that each man convert to Islam, each man in turn refused to renounce their faith and were shot in the head one by one. The second and third were forced to watch their lifelong friends and brothers murdered before being shot themselves for their refusal to abandon their beliefs.
The Al Nusra operatives then went on to shoot an 80 year old man, Lawandeus, who was Anton’s father.  Lawandeus was blind and deaf but this did not prevent Al Nusra’s attempted murder of this defenceless elder citizen whose son’s blood was already staining the floor.
On entering the house, these Al Nusra NATO-GCC agents had also shot Anton’s sister, Antoinette, in the back.  Presuming she was dead they then proceeded to shoot her brother and his two comrades in the head while Antoinette, half conscious, a bullet in her spine, was forced to witness the cold-blooded murders.  Her brother Anton was a shoemaker, the only son of their parents and someone who served his church and the community faithfully and compassionately.
Mikhael was the town baker and Sarkis was an engineering student with a promising future, cut short by the Al Nusra blood-letters whose purpose was to ethnically cleanse the Christian community from its ancestral home.
On the same day, Al Nusra kidnapped six young men from the village including Father Taalab’s brother and two other family members. Father Taalab maintains that Al Nusra deliberately targeted the families of the village clergy which further supports the claim that Al Nusra were intent upon the ethnic cleansing of this ancient community.
These six young men are still missing.  For the first six months, Father Taalab was in contact with them via phone. After that initial six months nothing has been heard from them.  The pain of this “not knowing” was visible in Father Taalab eyes and expression as he talked of efforts ongoing to try and locate the boys and to return them to their families in Maaloula.
Father Talal Taalab. Photo: Vanessa Beeley
“We are hopeful that all our belongings will be returned to us including the icons and artefacts but most importantly the human souls that were torn from our midst and from their mothers’ side.”  ~ Father Taalab
We would expect a media outlet as prominent as CNN to report on these atrocities in detail but when we look at their accounts of Al Nusra’s invasion and occupation of Maaloula we find that they have, to a large extent, whitewashed the extremism and murderous intent.
In fact, according to CNN“Maaloua was spared the atrocities endured elsewhere across Syria.”  In aMay 2016 report, CNN barely mentions the Al Nusra savagery, with only a fleeting reference to the 2013 crimes: “The convent was badly damaged in 2013 and 12 nuns were taken hostage and held by Islamist fighters for months before being released unharmed.”
This glib reformulation of the truth acts as a criminal gatekeeper as to the true evil of Al Nusra and the barbarity of their acts against the Maalouli people.  CNN is fundamentally entering into the arena of terror apologism and perhaps even endorsement of their heinous crimes against an unprotected and unprepared Christian minority community that had peacefully co-existed with its eventual attackers for almost a full century.
CNN also marginalise the desecration of ancient cultural heritage sites, the burning of medieval Icons, the torching of sacred places of worship, the shooting of the crosses, the theft of the ancient statues and artefacts. These NATO-GCC terrorists cut a violent and bloody swathe through this steadfast civilisation that had evolved over seven thousand years into a humble and hospitable community that opened its doors to all faiths and sects.
Below is a slideshow of some of the photos taken during the visit to Maaloula on the 29th of July 2016, clearly showing the extent of the destruction carried out by the NATO-GCC terrorists as they marauded through the town and its sacred heritage sites.
Remember, according to Charles Lister, these murderers are “moderates”:  “it [Al Nusra] doesn’t chop hand off for thievery, it doesn’t execute for murder.”
This short video was taken on the 29th July 2016, almost three years after these horrific crimes were committed by the CNN poster boys for “moderate” terrorism inside Syria.  It shows the US Peace Council delegation entering Maaloula. As you can hear from the comments, the scars of the Al Nusra butchery still remain in the bullet holes that pepper the walls and buildings and deep in the hearts of this simple community that has suffered inestimable loss and endured a savagery they never imagined could exist among them.
Are CNN Embedded with Al Qaeda inside Syria?
Now we have established evidence of just one of the many areas of Syria where Al Nusra have committed atrocities against the Syrian people we should return and examine more closely, the role of CNN as US State media purveyor of the “moderate rebel” myth and normaliser of terrorist acts “moderately” conducted daily and justified by any means possible.
Clarissa Ward stated that she has visited Syria 14 times since the NATO-GCC dirty operation to secure “regime change” began to tear Syria apart over five years ago. In these CNN reports, Ward appears to have extensively embedded herself in the Al Nusra/Al Qaeda held areas of Aleppo and along the corridor that leads from the Turkish border to the terrorist occupied city.  As explained previously, Al Nusra and other NATO-GCC backed gangs such as Nour al Din Jenki occupy the eastern sectors of Aleppo city with ISIS intermingling in the northern regions.
‘Nour al Din Jenki’, another US supported terrorist faction were responsible for the recent horrific beheading of a young 11 year old Palestinian child, the footage of which has shocked audiences across the world but which the US State Department still balks at condemning.  The life of a child, beaten, tortured and finally publicly decapitated seems less important than the protection of their assets inside Syria.
In March 2016 Ward and CNN with the assistance of Bilal Abdul Kareem of ‘On the Ground News’ (OGN) executed a plan to film deep inside the “rebel” territories of [eastern] Aleppo, Idlib city and Maarat al Numan.  It must be clarified that the areas infiltrated by this media team are in fact stongholds of terrorism, ISIS, Al Nusra/Al Qaeda and Ahrar al Sham the other half of the erstwhile Jaish al Fatah [Army of Conquest] alliance that Al Nusra has now publicly disassociated from with its convenient name change.
bilalBilal Abdul Kareem interviewing Muhaysini. Photo: Screenshot
Bilal Abdul Kareem is no stranger to these terrorist areas, he has been the long-time petinterviewer of Sheikh Abdullah Muhaysini, head of Jaish al Fatah and Riyadh-educated and funded child suicide-bomber trainer, executioner, judge of apostates and all round mass murderer who has very recently been calling upon terrorist suicide bombers in and around Aleppo to massacre Syrian Arab Army soldiers and allies to gain their virgin prizes in Jannah [Paradise]:
The intrepid Ward wears the niqab on this mission, appearing to be succumbing to the most extreme demands of fundamental Wahhabi Islam being imposed by ISIS, Ahrar al Sham and Al Nusra in Idlib, eastern Aleppo and Maarat al Numan.
As with most US mainstream media (and US political figures like John McCain) championing ‘moderate’ terrorists, Ward crossed into Syria illegally via the Turkish border without permission from the Syrian government and fraternized with the same terrorists that are massacring and sadistically brutalizing the Syrian people in these regions.
Had Ward entered legally, she would have had the protection of the Syrian Government and Armed forces.  She would not have had to wear the Niqab as the majority of Government held areas that house the majority of the Syrian people from all religious sects and walks of life do not enforce any sort of dress code.
Of course, this would have made for a far less dramatic news piece for CNN producers who are keen to develop the US State Department’s and the CIA’s own ‘moderate rebel’ and ‘freedom fighter’ narrative.
Had Ward officially and respectfully asked if she could interview the “armed opposition” she would have been told by Dr Bashar Al Jaafari [Syrian Representative to the UN] that:
If you wish to talk to the armed opposition, I suggest you go to Saudi Arabia.”
What is Ward’s role in this war? It is certainly not to bring the truth to the outside world. 
Ward collectively re-brands these NATO member state and GCC-funded mass murderers, armed ‘activists’ and moderate rebels.
In her news packages, Ward sits with these terrorist criminals and sympathises with their supposed plight as they are bombed by the Syrian and Russian airforce trying to drive this foreign-backed cancer from a still sovereign nation that has been invaded by a NATO-GCC proxy army comprising of rapists, child abusers, smugglers, drug addicts and escaped convicts.
Ward romanticizes these felons and killers, she allies herself and CNN with their “cause” although an explanation of that cause is not forthcoming other than, naturally, the deposing of President Assad, his “brutal regime” and the destruction of the Syrian National Army.
Almost every family in Syria has a relative in the Syrian Army, Ward is advocating their murder and denying the universal grief and sorrow felt by every single Syrian man, woman and child that has lost their father, son, brother or uncle at the hands of the criminals that Ward portrays as heroic “rebels”.
“They were the ones under the relentless bombardment from the Assad regime. The vast majority of people living there are good people who are suffering enormously.” ~ Clarissa Ward: What its like being a Journalist in one of the Worlds most Dangerous Countries
What Ward fails to mention is that, yes, the good people, the Syrian people are suffering enormously but from terrorist occupation.  In Syrian reality, the Syrian Arab Army is their liberator not their prison warden as so often described by Ward and the CNN team.
Ward does not mention Kafarya and Foua, the Ahrar al Sham besieged Shia Muslim villages in Idlib.  Kafarya and Foua are being starved to death.  Kafarya and Foua are being gradually and viciously ethnically cleansed by those Ward describes as “activists”.
This protracted war crime in Kafarya and Foua, endorsed and facilitated by the UN and NATOdoes not even warrant a mention from Ward and her CNN/OGN entourage.
The following video made again by Bilal Abdul Kareem of OGN demonstrates quite clearly that these terrorist factions and their supporters are not starving, they are not besieged, they are only hungry for bigger and better weapons with which they can continue their bloodletting inside Syria  on behalf of the Gulf States, Turkey, Israel and NATO.
In one interview, Clarissa Ward calculatingly says:
“Syria grabbed my heart and never let go.”
Does Clarissa Ward ever mention the heart eating exploits of the CNN poster boys and their allies? No, of course not.  That would muddy the filthy vermin infested water that CNN are trying to sell us as beneficial for the Syrian people who are in reality poisoned by CNN’s toxic propaganda and support of the terrorist entities that are destroying entire communities, uprooting many others and torturing or violating those that remain behind.
CNN Normalizes Al Nusra Suicide Bombers – “Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber”
Two nights ago, CNN aired a chilling and shocking programme where they actively normalised the use of suicide bombers as a natural act of war.
In a ten minute interview with CNN, who yet again give a platform to these pro-terrorist talking heads, Norwegian filmmaker Paul Refsdal explains how he had to provide a CV and two references in order to be able to film and interview Al Nusra suicide bombers inside Syria.
In this hallucinatory interview, CNN allow Refsdal to reduce the massacres carried out by these suicide bombers down to the “absurd” and to justify the use of suicide bombers as a legitimate act of war against the Syrian Arab Army.
It is interesting to note that during the US Peace Council delegation meeting with President Bashar al Assad on the 28th July 2016, Assad mentioned that according to his government data, the majority of ISIS leaders fighting in Syria, originate from Norway. Perhaps Paul Refsdal is a potential candidate.  Surely we should at least be asking who provided his references.
There is barely a whisper of condemnation for these mass murderers and ideologically deluded criminals.  Once more CNN serves as the platform to lionize terrorism and to elevate it to normalcy in the minds of viewers and readers.
This is a very dangerous path to walk down and one from which return is not easy. Where are CNN leading us and why?
Should we expect CNN to now suddenly approve of past Palestinian resistance tactics and their use of suicide bombers in response to the disproportionate force deployed against them by a very real and illegal (according to international law) Israeli Military Occupation Forces in Palestine? That is the logical conclusion surely?
Al Nusra/Al Qaeda name-change given a platform by CNN
CNN went one step beyond most other media channels who reported on the timely re-branding by Al Nusra/Al Qaeda.
CNN televised the announcement by Mohammed Joulani, flanked by two unsavoury members of the terrorist group.  Once again CNN gave the platform to an internationally designated terrorist group and endorsed their attempt to distance themselves from the damaging Al Qaeda brand.
This cynical ploy to alter public perception and open the door to future protection of and collaboration with this NATO-GCC terrorist asset must be highlighted.  The consequences of this operation being successful are too dreadful to conceive or entertain particularly for the already bloodied and ravaged Syrian nation and its wounded people.
Mockingbird Media: CNN Working in Lock-step with the US State Department
CNN is not the only State operative to be working hard at distancing Al Nusra from Al Qaeda and creating smoke screens to disassociate the US government from its terrorist connections in Syria.
John Kirby of the US State Department manages to twist his response to a question regarding the Al Nusra re-branding into an unintelligible concoction of double-speak, ultimately avoiding the question altogether as only the US State Department can.
Where is the categorical response that should have been forthcoming – “under any name they are a gang of mass murderers illegally on Syrian soil and as such are legitimate targets for the Syrian National Army and their allies”.
Hell might freeze over long before we hear that from the US State Department or any of their related agencies in the media or predatory humanitarian complex.
The Deadly Implications of the Al Qaeda name change game
Wikipedia has already edited its entry for Mohammed Joulani, Emir of Jabhat al Nusra to incorporate the product re-branding:
“Ahmed Hussein al-Shar’a[3] (Arabicأحمد حسين الشرع‎‎), known by the nom de guerre Abu Mohammad al-Julani[4] (Arabicأبو محمد الجولاني‎‎), is the emir of the Syrian militant group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, he also led its predecessor organisation Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.[5] Al-Julani was listed by the US State Department as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” on 16 May 2013″
The name change has significance and this should not be overlooked.
“It is interesting that CNN translates “Sham” to Levant which includes Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey and Cyprus.  The British would also add Libya and Egypt to the Levant.
The world “Sham” should actually only include Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Jordan.
The Islamic definition of “Fateh” is conquest which means quite simply the introduction of the rule of Allah according to the armies of “Fateh”that are predominantly driven by the extremist ideologies of Wahhabism and Al Qaeda so ISIS, Al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham etc. Conquest in this context means the displacement and destruction of all those who do not adhere to this extremist ideology.” ~ Abdo Hadad, Maaloula
The CNN expansion of the territory to include the whole of the Levant as opposed to the Sham is perhaps an indication of where this latest turn of events may lead.
Are we about to see the normalization of Al Qaeda and their deployment into Idlib to present the “moderate” face of extremism to the outside world.  An extremism that intends to impose its Islamic state upon a specific area of Syria that is already heavily occupied by its forces, controlled by Turkey acting as middle man for Saudi Arabia and the NATO Alliance.
Presently, Aleppo is slipping from NATO-GCC grasp, and it will be a huge loss for their terrorist brigades.  Is Idlib the new target and is Jabhat Fateh al Sham the new “moderate” Al Qaeda primed to occupy this belt of territory bordering Turkey which will give Erdogan an even greater role inside Syria without having to deploy his own armed forces.
Once again, CNN provide the clues by publishing Charles Lister’s view on the Al Qaeda re-brand:
“Their long term aim is to establish an Islamic emirate in Syria”

Interview With Al-Nusra Commander "The Americans stand on our side" by Jürgen Todenhöfer

Todenhöfer: Interview With Al-Nusra Commander "The Americans stand on our side"

This interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer was first published in German on September 26 2016 by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the major newspaper in the Cologne region. (The interview was copied and translated to English by Bernhard for educational and academic purposes.)
Interview with al-Nusra commander "The Americans stand on our side"
By Jürgen Todenhöfer
It was the seventh trip by my son Frederic and me to the civil war country Syria. We were there for 13 days. Words can only barely describe the extend of damage and suffering on both sides.
We conducted the interview ten days ago with a commander of the al-Qaida branch "Jabhat al-Nusra". Abu al-Ezz reported quite openly about his financiers Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. We were able to exactly research the identity of the man and know practically everything about him.
Interview in the stone quarry in Aleppo
The interview was arranged by a rebel from Aleppo. I have had contacts to Syrian rebels for years. It was conducted outside of Aleppo in a quarry in direct sight- and shooting-distance of Jabhat al-Nusra and could only be reached safely by a member of al-Nusra.
His fighters were partially not masked, i.e. easily identifiable. Part of his statements were nearly verbally confirmed shortly thereafter by a mufti in Aleppo. Other assertions about the lack of interest of rebels towards a ceasefire and an international aid-convoy also bore out. Just like his predictions about planned military activities in several cities of Syria.
Abu al-Ezz, commander, says about Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda): "We are one part of al-Qaeda. Our principles are: Fighting vice, pureness and security. Our affairs and our way have changed. Israel, for example, is now supporting us, because Israel is at war with Syria and with Hizbullah.
America also changed its opinion about us. Originally "IS" and us were one group. But "IS" was used in the interests of big states like America, for political reasons, and was steered away from our principles. It became clear to us that most of their leaders work with secret security services. We, Jabhat al-Nusra, have our own way. In the past they with us, they were our supporters.
Our aim is the downfall of the dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime, the regime of the apostate. Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe.
Part 2 - The Interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer with the rebel commander Abu al-Ezz
Jürgen Todenhöfer: How is the relation between you and the United States? Does the U.S. support the rebels?
Abu al-Ezz: Yes, the U.S. support the opposition, but not directly. They support the countries which support us. But we are not yet satisfied with this support. They should support us with highly developed weapons. We have won battles thanks to the "TOW" missiles. We reached a balance with the regime through these missiles. We received the tanks from Libya through Turkey. Also the "BMs" - multiple rocket launchers. The regime excels us only with their fighter jets, missiles and missile launchers. We captured a share of its missile launchers and a large share came from abroad. But it is through the American "TOW" that we have the situation in some regions under control.
To whom did the U.S. hand those missiles before they were brought to you? Were those missiles first given to the Free Syrian Army by the U.S. and from there to you?
No, the missiles were give directly to us. They were delivered to a certain group. When the "road" was closed and we were besieged we had officers here from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.
What did those officers do?
Experts! Experts for the use of satellites, missiles, reconnaissance work, thermal surveillance cameras ...
Were there also American experts?
Yes, experts from several countries.
Including Americans?
Yes. The Americans are on our side, but not as it should be. For example we were told: We must capture and conquer "Battalion 47". Saudi Arabia gave us 500 million Syrian pounds. For taking the "al-Muslimiya" infantry school years ago we received from Kuwait 1.5 million Kuwaiti dinar and from Saudi Arabia 5 million U.S. dollars.
From the governments or from private persons?
From the governments.
The fight is difficult, the regime is strong and it has support from Russia ...?
We will fight until the downfall of the regime. We will fight Russia and the West because the West does not stand on our side. The West only sends us mujahedin, it facilitates the way of those fighters. Why doesn't the West support us properly? We have many fighters from Germany, France, Great Britain, America, from all western countries.
You have many fighters from Europe in Aleppo with the "al-Nusra front"?
Many, many, many!
How many?
What do you think about the ceasefire?
We do not recognize the ceasefire. We will reposition our groups. We will undertake in the next, in a few days an overwhelming attack against the regime. We have rearranged all our armed forces in all provinces, in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Hama.
You do not want those 40 trucks with aid supplies to bring those into the eastern part of Aleppo?
We have demands. As longs as the regime is positioned along Castello road, in al-Malah and in the northern areas we will not let those trucks pass. The regime must retreat from all areas in order for us to let the trucks pass. If a truck come in despite that we will arrest the driver.
Why did a few of your groups pull back a kilometer or 500 meters from the Castello road?
The regime used highly developed weapons against us. We received a backlash. That is why we silently retreated, to recover and to attack the regime anew. But this attack must lead to the downfall of the regime.
So that was a trick, a military tactic?
Yes, it was a military tactic.
Was the aim of this tactic to receive food or the reallocation of fighters?
We did not agree to the ceasefire.
Does that hold only for the al-Nusra Front or for all other groups, the rest of your allies?
The applies to all our integrated groups, who are our allies.
Islamic Front, Islamic Army?
They are all with us. We are all the al-Nusra Front. A groups is created and calls itself "Islamic Army", or "Fateh al-Sham". Each group has its own name but their believe is homogeneous. The general name is al-Nusra Front. One person has, for example, 2,000 fighters. Then het creates from these a new group and calls it "Ahrar al-Sham". Brothers, who's believe, thoughts and aims are identical to those of al-Nusra Front.
Is that your own opinion or also the opinion of higher management levels?
That is the general opinion. But if someone comes to you and makes you a 'moderate fighter' and offers you to eat and to drink, will you accept that or not?
450,000 people were killed in this war. I have been to Aleppo and Homs. Many parts are destroyed. If the war continues the whole country will be destroyed. Millions will die. ... In Germany we once had the 'Thirty Years' War' ...
We are now only 5 years at war, that is comparatively short!
Would you accept someone from the Assad-regime within a transitional government?
We accept no one from the Assad-regime or from the Free Syrian Army, which is called moderate. Our aim is the downfall of the regime and the founding of an Islamic state according to the Islamic sharia.
The people of Aloush, who traveled to Geneva for negotiations, accepted a transitional government.
There are Syrian mercenaries. Aloush fights with the al-Nusra Front. The groups Turkey houses and from which the Free Syrian Army was created have earlier been with al-Nusra Front. These people are weak people, they received a lot of money, they sold themselves. They must follow the orders of their sponsors.
The "Islamic Army and the "ISlamic Front" negotiate in Geneva
Because their leaders were produced in the West. They are counseled and paid by western secret services and the secret services of the Gulf states to fulfill the aims of those countries.
We are here at the most forward observation point of the Sheik Said area. This are is under our control. Behind those houses and al-Majbal are regime soldiers. Our armed forces are 200 meters from here.
You can read the original German version of the interview at the Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Posted by b on September 26, 2016 at 07:33 AM | Permalink
Also published today - an interview by ZEYNEP YÜNCÜLER for the Turkish Birgun Daily with an Islamic State member in Istanbul:
An ISIL member in İstanbul
A tradesman in İstanbul Al Mohammed Al Kurdi is an ISIL member who has recently returned from Syria, where he had got wounded. El Kurdi shares striking claims with BirGün. 
Al Kurdi also adds the following comments about their reason to withdraw from Jarabulus: “Be it in Jarabulus or Al-Rai, ISIL and Turkish merchants, along with merchants coming from Iran, are having a bargaining over the oil there. It would have been sold to Turkish merchants: so, we did not want this border to go into the hands of YPG. It has been deemed better for the border to be handled by FSA and Turkey. Since we already knew that Turkey was to fight against YPG, it was not difficult for us to withdraw from there.”

Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 7:43:38 AM | 1
How telling. If this article has no impact on Germans, nothing will do.
Posted by: Jean | Sep 26, 2016 8:27:04 AM | 2
In a translation of Magnier's recent Er Rai article
"Kaynaklara göre Rusya, ABD'nin istediği "Suriye uçakları uçmasın" talebini reddetti ..." - According to sources, Russia refused US demands that "Syrian planes not fly".
This ties in very neatly with the interviewees claim that "The regime excels us only with their fighter jets"
The US still trying to aid Al Nusrah.
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 8:37:27 AM | 3
BREAKING: Syrian Intelligence Has Audio of Daesh Terrorists Talks With US Military Prior to Coalition Strike on Deir ez-Zor
Posted by: xLemming | Sep 26, 2016 8:47:22 AM | 4
Jean@2 - "...If this article has no impact on Germans, nothing will do..."
I have no special insight on German's thinking, but I can't believe the average German thinks about this much different than the average American.
Remember the Syrian Arab Rec Cross convoy attack picture of some cardboard boxes of aid in a warehouse (supposedly) hit by a bomb? That was boxes of little bottles of lice shampoo.
The average German, like the average American, will not fully understand the extent of the chaos and suffering the U.S. has created in Syria and the Middle East until the day they are lined up at a German (or American) Red Cross aid center begging for bottles of lice shampoo for their own families. How high is real, actual unemployment in Germany among the twenty-something year olds? Homelessness isn't nearly as bad as in America - yet. That will change. How many refugees from U.S. wars has Germany taken in now - a million? So unemployed Germans are somehow magically creating tax dollars for aid to refugees that are taking the poorest-paying jobs away from them? Yeah - that's not going to go well. Deutsch Bank won't be bailed out by the Germans because it's impossible (Merkel isn't leading here - she's stating the obvious). This isn't a slam on the Germans. America will beat them to the bottom ('cause we're exceptional).
It will take decent, hard working formerly middle-class Germans and Americans lining up for lice shampoo from their government overlords before they 'get it'. It will, of course, be far too late by then.
Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 26, 2016 9:13:13 AM | 5
@AtaBrit - latest English translation of a Elijah Magnier piece is here:
The mistrust between Washington and Moscow portends a long war
Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 9:14:43 AM | 6
@all - Note: I tried to keep the translation very close to the German original. If there are typos, errors or wrongly used phrases please leave a comment.
Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 9:21:10 AM | 7
This is not really a surprise, b, but it is startling to see it all so matter-of-factly stated and printed in black and white. This is certainly the kind of information that US/UK are trying so desperately to overshadow with their now unrelenting demonization of the Syrians and Russians and their frenzied 2-minute hates.
I don't think they'll be able to touch this, or to be heard even, in its aftermath.
Posted by: jfl | Sep 26, 2016 9:24:28 AM | 8
I am sorry for reposting my long comment from the previous thread, but this is directly related to the alleged "officers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States" supporting al-Nusra Front in the battle for Aleppo.
Dan asks at 80:
Anybody here find any confirmation of the rather scattered reports of a Russian missile attack on a control centre in Allepo?
Yes, on August 19th the Russian MoD announced that they had fired three Kalibr missiles from ships in the Eastern Mediterranean. Theirvideo shows a direct hit on a command centre and a terrorist base in Syria. Also hit was a plant manufacturing mortar munitions. BothSputnik and RT published stories on the strike, Sputnik titles theirs as Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on al-Nusra Front Targets in Syria. According to Sputnik the terrorist command center was in Dar-Taaza (also transliterated as Dar Ezza of Daaret ‘Izza).
As to why Western intelligence agents would set up their terrorist command center in Darat Izza near Mount Simon, read this long commentby PavewayIV.
I think it started as a Sputnik article and then got picked up by Fars and a few others.
Yes, Sputnik Arabic published this on September 20th:
صواريخ "كاليبر" استهدفت قيادات عسكرية أجنبية في ديرة عزة بمحافظة حلب
According to the source [in the] field in the province of Aleppo, that the three rockets from Caliber kind launched by the Russian ships thatrecently targeted operations room for terrorists in Dera Izzat west of Aleppo in the Mount Simon, which is famous for the harsh nature of the mountainous and contains ancient caves area.
The source for "Sputnik", the operations room with 30 leading officers of the Turkish and the US and Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the British army and the Mossad, running terrorist operations in Aleppo and Idlib. (via Google translate)

It is quite likely that Western or GCC terrorist handlers were killed in this operation, or at least wounded. I have no idea how many and from what country.
Note, that Sputnik does not say the attack happened on the week of September 20th. August 19th is still "recently", especially considering how slowly rumors of secret operations are spread: someone heard that someone heard that...
They claimed over 30 Western intelligence agents were killed, and yet not a whisper in MSM.
Publishing the story now may be revenge for the U.S. attack on the SAA in Deir Ezzor. At least it helps save face in the Arab world.
Stories like this are a total taboo in the Western and English language media. In October 2015 I noticed that Facebook was "soft censoring" some of the videos the Russian MoD had posted on YouTube. Most notably a video titled "Su-24M bomber hits an ammunition depot in the mountain area in the district of Jisr al-Shughur". My conclusion was that an American citizen had died in this strike. The censorship was the US' silent confirmation and warning to Russia.
Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 26, 2016 9:34:21 AM | 9
To put it simply there are two coalitions in Syria.
The US-led coalition (the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, NATO, AIPAC, ISIS, Al Qaeda, FSA) that wants to completely destroy and divide this country.
The Russian-led coalition (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Palestinians, Syrian government and SAA) that wants to protect this country and preserve its territorial integrity.
Posted by: hmmm | Sep 26, 2016 9:43:49 AM | 10
Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 26, 2016 9:13:13 AM | 5
It does not really work this way. German demographics mean that there is hardly any youth unemployment and very low unemployment generally. German has become the export champion of the world (which is madness), where I live you meet loads of Indian computer specialists who definitively are not refugees. This on top of outsourcing engineering whereever it is possible.
The refugees need bureaucracy, housing, education, social work, if Germany is serious to integrate them (and they are), lots of businesses will thrive on this before refugees find jobs themselves.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 9:43:49 AM | 11
What is The Donald's position on the IL-KSA-QT-KW oil war in Syria? He wants to send 10,000 more US troops into The Sandbox and 'Destroy ISIS'.
What is The Hag's position on the IL-KSA-QT-KW oil war in Syria? She facilitates it.
This issue will not be discussed in the Monday debate. Instead, both sides will conflate the increase in gun deaths as 'domestic terrorism', as a need for their $T DoD-NSA-DHS National Police Superstate and massive IDIQNB prison program. They dashboard the stats daily. They mensurate the inexorable bleedout of Americans. They create the cognitive dissonance and stress positioning needed to perpetuate the One Party: Mil.Gov.Fed.Biz.
A mob of ravens. A mob of ravens. Vote Red, vote Blue, you vote the mob of ravens.
Posted by: TheRealDonald | Sep 26, 2016 9:45:22 AM | 12
" Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe." (emphasis mine)

Oh, the US war mongers must be so proud of themselves, to have such allies! I hope Trump calls out these deals with the Devil(s), on his debates with Clinton. She of the tremendous "foreign policy experience."
Posted by: metamars | Sep 26, 2016 9:49:20 AM | 13
Part 1. 'Our principles are: Fighting vice, pureness and security.' These Arab Muslims of al Qaeda, al Nusra ... fighting and killing other Arabs and Muslims, and taking funds, weapons, guidance, and foreign fighters from the US and Israel to do so. Unbelievable. You can't realize it - dole out living breathing reality to it, watch it walk and talk - until an interview like this.
Posted by: jfl | Sep 26, 2016 9:59:03 AM | 14
@ b | 1
The BirGūn article is excellent. It illustrates again that a) Turkey's borders are as porous as ever to all but refugees, and b) Turkey's actions in Syria are far from independent. (Also, gives the lie to the 'Biden snub' show.)
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 9:59:39 AM | 15
Todenhöfer was certainly fed something
It is not necessarily the truth. Todenhöfer does not speak Arabic. He is in no position to fact check.
Todenhöfer used to be a German right-winger talking to Pinochet, the Taliban and now ISIS and Al Nusra. He has argued for reconciliation in Iraq with the Baath party. He also did an interview with Assad - in English.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 10:09:55 AM | 16
Thanks for spending the time necessary to translate to English, b. There's no need to lose any sleep over the quality. The substance of the impression it leaves on anyone reading it is crystal-clear.
The most interesting aspect of Todenhöfer's contribution to the debate is the extreme unlikelihood that it contains any info at all which is new to Russia/Syria; which in turn explains the recently-expressed Russian view that Victory for Syria won't be quick (which, imo, means what Russia, not AmeriKKKa, wants it to mean).
It remains to be seen how much longer the Yankees will persist in believing their own, and Bibi's, delusions about Syria.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 26, 2016 10:11:01 AM | 17
re 9 and Petri's post on the Kalibr cruise missiles on Darat 'Izza. I think I already mentioned it, but there may be a somewhat more innocent explanation of what happened, though it was obviously a target of importance.
The problem is of course that Kalibr cruise missiles are very expensive, even if highly accurate, and wouldn't be used on a minor target. There may have been some "upgrading" of the target in the media.
Why? Well, Darat 'Izza is very close to Qal'at Sam'an. QS is the site of the remains of the celebrated pilgrimage church round the column of St Simeon Stylites, the saint who sat on the column in the 5th century. Very highly esteemed in the Orthodox world. Putin is religious. I'm sure some metropolitan got at him and demanded that Russia use its most accurate weaponry, to avoid damaging the holy site. Or he thought of it himself. I could easily imagine it happening.
I sort of had confirmation this morning, in one of my other feeds, an article from Iszvestia, announcing a Russian archaeological expedition to check damage to monuments, including particularly Qal'at Sam'an! Note that QS is not in the hands of the Russians/Syrians, but of Nusra. So quite how this mission is going to take place before the fall of Aleppo, I don't quite know. But it shows a particular concern on the part of the Russians.
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:18:24 AM | 18
re 16

Todenhöfer was certainly fed something. It is not necessarily the truth.
Sounded OK to me. I couldn't see anything improbable; it's how a Nusra leader would talk, isn't it?
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:19 AM | 19
@ b | 6
Cheers b.
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:34 AM | 20
12;Well,as IsUS claims the west as its enemy,why would the Donald be wrong in eliminating,or at least diminishing them?
He can do a hell of a lot by just informing the Saudis and GS that the jig is up,stop the BS.
The Hell Bitch has no such intentions,as she is Israels bitch.
And yes,this stuff hopefully will be brought up be Trump,and hopefully he'll shine a light on the Turk killing Americans,as the MSM certainly has no intention.No terror connection,says the poohbahs.Sheesh.
The only mention was in the Graun.
Posted by: dahoit | Sep 26, 2016 10:32:04 AM | 21
the worst of islam
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:35:38 AM | 22
Abu al-Ezz is he syrian?
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:36:42 AM | 23
'Our aim is the downfall of the dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime, the regime of the apostate. Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe.;'
and what is the islamic state if not a dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:37:43 AM | 24
Excellent piece.
Not that dun believes you. If I pass on what you wrote here to an average person on the streets they will think I'm a mad old man. If I told this to a fren, acquaintance or someone who regularly watch the evening news or surf the web, again they will think I'm really, really mad. It's conspiracy theory.
Who will believe our government really conspired behind our back, using freedom of speech, democracy and human rights for regime change? End results hundred of thousands deaths, and millions displaced refugees from all parts of the world not only from Syria. Shaking head disbelieve??
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 10:39:12 AM | 25
I'm sorry, I guess, for repeating myself but maybe I wouldn't do that if Russia didn't keep repeating itself?
There's really nothing is new in this report, right? It's been clear pretty much from the beginning of the Syria war that the US was directly and indirectly supporting the terrorists. Calling terrorists "moderates" means no more today than calling them "freedom fighters" meant in the eighties, but it seems American political memories are short.
Calling the war in Syria a civil war is pretty much a total lie. It is a proxy war. Proxy wars have been the bread and butter of US foreign policy for decades. Are there local factions involved? Of course there are. Every country has local factions. Imagine what would happen in America, let's say, if some of the right wing militia were given plentiful moneys, supplies, weapons, media support and diplomatic cover by a coalition of countries much more powerful than the US. How long would it take for America to have a 'civil war'? Not long I think.
So once again, right in the middle of the Syrian army's key offensive of the war possibly, the Aleppo offensive, Russia appears to be making a new peace deal with the US - this time with enhanced sharing of Russian flight information - or so I read!!! Is it not more and more and more clear that Russia is playing both sides in this war? Can you believe that they want to share flight information with the folks who are supporting and advising the terrorists that Russia is supposedly fighting?! That's crazy. Or is it crazy like a fox?
Maybe Putin isn't playing 12th dimensional chess, as his apologists seem to think. Maybe he's playing thug checkers. He wants to be in on the final carve-up - maybe even to preside over it. What better way to do that? The Russian hand on Assad's back must be feeling less and less friendly.
But no, you folks are right. I should go over to Saker and open my mind to his hypnotic apologetics, right? Anything else would be, horrors, conspiracy theory!!
Well, like I said, I'll stop repeating myself when Russia stops repeating itself. Ok?
Posted by: paul | Sep 26, 2016 10:54:12 AM | 26
You will never find what you wrote here on the on the web, unless you know where to find it. Every MSM just stenography and relay exactly the opposite from Guardian, Reuters, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, Yahoo, Google....Not even TRNN!
I watch RT live 7/24 from my laptops, if I deviate and searches the web, exactly the opposite what you wrote.
It's Putin, Assad's regime the bad guys.
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 10:55:31 AM | 27
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:19 AM | 19
You and me knowing loads of Nusra leaders :-))
I am just thinking that if I was a Nusra leader who used to get his stuff via Turkey and read this AP text of the cease fire deal agreeing to separate Nusra/ISIS from rebels and finishing them off in coordination with Russia I would fear my members might think it a good idea to give up fighting and start talking to Assad's troops. So I would let it known that the US have my back whatever they might tell to Russia.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 10:59:54 AM | 28
The most interesting part of the interview (to me at least) is the fact that it was published in a major newspaper.
Honestly though, I think it's late in the game for something like this. Russia has declared 'no more unilateral ceasefires' and Syria vows to give up 'not one inch of territory'. We're seeing the result of this playing out now in Aleppo.
Russia has succeeded in drawing out the lies and complicity of the US as much as is possible, much like bringing a boil to a head. Nothing to be gained by letting it fester even more. Time to lance it.
Posted by: woogs | Sep 26, 2016 11:04:49 AM | 29
Posted by: woogs | Sep 26, 2016 11:04:49 AM | 29
Todenhöfer has loads of political and media contacts in Germany, and he writes bestselling books. He was born in 1940 ie. lived the war as a kid, his pacifism is genuine. He gets his spectacular interviews by accepting what people say.
Whereever Nusra got their weapons and advisers from, fact seems to be that US allies are fighting NATO with US supplied weapons.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 11:11:34 AM | 30
@jfl #88 ["Syria - Conflicting Reports" thread]:
I'm late to the Power piece because the UN version was flash, and I am no longer equipped to use flash.
The Duran has a new article with that Power's presentation on YouTube:
Watch Samantha Power defend Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria during her Security Council speech
Her speech is certainly consistent with the hypothesis that the US can only fight this conflict defensively on the propaganda front now, now that Russia has shifted to resolving the conflict by military means in a decisive manner. That the US doesn't even hide that it is engaged in a propaganda war is revealed by the explicit reference to RT (!) by Powers:
You cannot carry out a massive military offensive and say you are for peace. That might work on Russia Today. But it doesn’t work when the world has reams of evidence proving what Russia is doing.
It's hard to know what audience Powers is trying to reach in that speech. Other diplomats at the UN? US elites? The Western public? My guess is that this is just a feel-good measure by the Obama administration: we have to do something.
Posted by: Demian | Sep 26, 2016 11:17:13 AM | 31

@paul | Sep 26, 2016 10:54:12 AM | 26
Please go to Saka no one stopping you. Saka a religious manic daily freaking god. His sites are pro bono Donations for himself, the wife and kids take a break, vacation for his "hard" works.
Saka was one of my earliest supporters - from Ukraine debacles. Turn me off completely when he repeatedly used the bible, quoting chapters, verses and etc. to justify his logic reasons. Than, asked for donations. Anyone who happens to disagrees is a religion hater!
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 11:20:39 AM | 32