Strategic ignorance and the legitimation of remote warfare: The Hawija bombardments
Dutch government financed jihadist rebels in Syria | 21 April 2021 |
One of the funded groups was Jabhat al-Shamiya (`The Levant Front'). which is still one of the biggest jihadist groups in Syria. The goal of the Front was to create an Islamic state (caliphate), just like ISIS. The Dutch Foreign Ministry received an Amnesty report in 2016 which warned that the Levant Front performed executions, kidnapped people, and ran `sharia' (Islamic law) courts which punished apostasy (abandoning one's faith) with the death penalty.
Sultan Murad Brigade
The Dutch NLA program also aided a rebel group known as the Sultan Murad Brigade, which perpetrated war crimes, killed civilians, used child soldiers, and collaborated with Al-Qaeda in 2015. This collaboration was public knowledge before the NLA program started. Numerous UN reports have also warned of human rights violations by the Brigade and other rebel groups. The fact that the Netherlands participated in both the UN Human Rights Council and the UN commission investigating war crimes in Syria makes it virtually impossible for them to be unaware of these reports. However, they continued funding the Brigade until 2018.
Ahrar al-Sham ('Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant')
A third interesting case is that of Ahrar al-Sham, which is also one of the biggest jihadist groups in Syria. Like ISIS, it wanted to create an Islamic state under sharia law, and has perpetrated suicide bombings, war crimes, crimes against civilians (like executions), kidnapping, torture, and murder. In keeping with the pattern, the Dutch OM branded Ahrar al-Sham as a jihadist `terrorist' organisation, while the Foreign Ministry regarded it as `moderate'. While the group has probably not been financed directly, its former spokesman, Labib Al-Nahhas, received funding directly from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides the funding for his role as program director for SACD (Syrian Association for Citizen's Dignity), he also received a personal allowance of 700 euros per day, 10 days a month on average.
Dutch Gov't Admits Support for Salafist Jihadists in Syria | 10 Sept. 2018 |
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Syrian mercenaries against Karabakh
Turkey has prioritized recruiting fighters from Turkmens for linguistic convenience and because they are considered the most loyal to Ankara. The Sultan Mourad brigade was thus called upon. It therefore favored small units belonging to this brigade, because the fighters already had extensive combat experience in cooperation with the Turkish army, such as in Afrin, Tal Abiad and Idlib.
Moreover, small units already constituted are immediately operational, which avoids a long and costly training, because the war is of short duration. Those who had already proven themselves in Libya were of course recruited first. On the other hand, Turkey does not seem to have solicited jihadist groups or fighters from these formations. However, the lure of profit and religious motivation is not lacking in the ranks of the jihadists.
Turkey would have taken a huge risk vis-à-vis Russia and Iran if it had transported individuals linked to al-Qaeda or Daesh to Azerbaijan. It therefore seems that Emmanuel Macron exaggerated when he announced on October 2, 2020, that Turkey had transferred 300 jihadists from Syria to Azerbaijan. Unless the myth of "moderate Islamist" fighters, icons of the Syrian conflict and desired alternative to the Syrian regime, has finally fallen in France?
Operation Olive Branch
Erdogan's plans for Afrin might not sit well in Syria | Mehr News - 29 Jan. 2018 |
Kurdish authorities asked Damascus to send troops to "protect its borders with Turkey from attacks by the Turkish occupier."
It worries many people that even as Erdogan claims to be ridding Afrin of "terrorists," that's how Syria describes some of the groups he wants to move into the area. Many have backgrounds, ideologies and attitudes that are unfavorable to Kurds. Those groups include former al-Qaeda members, Salafist terrorists, a variety of Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, mercenaries and some volunteers controlled by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT).
Among the groups besieging Afrin and participating in the operations under TSK and MIT guidance are Faylaq al-Sham, Jaish al-Nasr, Jabhat al-Shamiya, Ahrar al-Sham, Nureddin Zengi Brigades, Suqour al-Jaber, Sultan Murad Brigade, Samarkand Brigade, Muntasir Billah Brigade, Sultan Mourad Division, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brigade, Hamza Company, Northern Storm, Turkistan Islamic Party and Salahaddin Brigade.
Abu Muslim, a commander of Jabhat al-Shamiya, said, "Our first goal is to expel the separatist parties from Arab villages." These groups are attacking from all directions. Some Kurds who oppose the YPG also are taking part in the operation against Afrin.
To illustrate that this is not a war against Kurds, Turkey plays up the participation of Jaish al-Nihbe, which has Kurds in its ranks. Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the commander of that group, Azad Shabo, as saying,
"We are Kurds. Not all people of Afrin are Kurds. Everyone there is waiting to be liberated from the PKK. Afrin's Kurds do not support the PKK. We fought against the regime and [the Islamic State] and now we are fighting the brutality of the PKK. We started from Afrin and God willing, we will go as far as Qamishli."
Participation US Coalition: 13 Year reign of PM Rutte with "no-memory"
On the night of 2 June 2015, a Dutch F-16 taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve bombed an Islamic State munitions factory in the industrial area of Hawija, Iraq. The airstrike and its secondary explosions resulted in at least 70 civilian deaths and many injuries, and destroyed the neighborhood completely.
Dutch leader faces pressure over old-school text messages | AP News |
When he was pressed by MPs whether his government had withheld information about the airstrikes, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte denied it. But he admitted that there was a mistake in a letter written by then Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.
Turkey bombs northeast Syria and hits energy sites, SDF says | The New Arab - 6 Oct. 2023 |
The toll in northeast Syria has risen to 15 dead including eight civilians, a statement from the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.
The US-backed SDF, which spearheaded the fight in [northeast] Syria [Euphrates valley and Raqqa] against ISIL-ISIS-IS, denied the Ankara assailants had passed through the area.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan had warned of reprisals against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying the assailants "came from Syria and were trained there."
Turkey views the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that dominate the SDF as an offshoot of PKK.
Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said US F-16 warplanes over Syria shot down a Turkish drone on Thursday, deeming it "a potential threat" after it approached "less than a half kilometre from US forces" near Hassakeh.
Strengthening Muslim Brotherhood Alliance
Turkey's Erdoğan deems U.S. military presence in Syria as 'national security threat' | Oct. 2023 |
Erdogan responded saying the US is a threat to Turkey.
"We express the same approach the US President used in his statement concerning Syria -- Executive Order 13894 of October 14, 2019 extended -- regarding their own activities in the region," he said during the closing ceremony of the 4th Turkey-Africa Business and Economic Forum in Istanbul.
"The activities carried out by the USA in this country [Syria] with the PKK's extensions in Syria pose an extraordinary threat to Turkey's national security," he said, referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group struggling for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey but proscribed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.
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Sagiv Jehezkel Deported from Türkiye
Try flying a Palestinian flag in Beitar Stadium in Jerusalem ...
Final weeks of British mandate and occupation of Palestine ...
Terror acts and the Gallows
What is a homeland?
It is something worth living for, fighting for and dying for.
I was a slave to Beitar to the day of my death
Beitar, still today chanting the cry of terror on Arabs in Israel and Palestine 🇵🇸
"In blood and fire Judea fell, in blood and fire Judea will rise again"
- a quotation from a poem written by the poet Yaakov Cohen after the 1903 Kishinev pogroms, which became the slogan of the HaShomer organization.
The Jewish State of Israel, equate Beitar and Jewish terror to Hamas and Palestinian resistance fighters. I do not condone targeting civilians and certainly not the event of Oct. 7th in occupied Gaza, a concentration camp for decades and hermetically closed since 2005.
The Nakba: Stages of a Forced Displacement in 1948
Genocide in Palestine ... will sporters with Israeli citizenship be banned from participation this year's Olympic Games in Paris?
100 days of war prompts global outcry; Netanyahu will resist ICJ and Axls of Evil
Grief and anxiety in Israel, protests around the world and misery in Gaza mark the grim milestone. "The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity," the U.N. said.
Fighting Hamas in Gaza