IF THIS IS NOT BRAVERY, RESILIENCE AND THE AMAZING WILL OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, THEN NOTHING IS. Homs (Qusayr): May 17, 2013 - This town is currently and unfortunately the epicenter of hell on Earth. Assad’s forces, combined with Hezbullah’s worst mercenaries and the Iranian regime’s forces have all descended on this town to crush it. The hell the people are enduring is unimaginable. It is beyond words to describe the courage these people have to dare to emerge form their homes to protest for their right to be free humans.
Towards the end of the video, Assad’s forces make them ‘pay’ for their audacity to protest, by shelling the actual protest.
THE TOWN OF YABROUD IS THE NEWEST VICTIM OF ASSAD’S AIR STRIKES. AN INSANE ARIEL ATTACK. Damascus (Yabroud): May 17, 2013 - Yabroud, a town with a small FSA presence and a very ethnically and religiously diverse population is the latest town to suffer from the arrival of Assad’s ‘Parachute Bombs’.
The town of Yabroud was (still is) a clear example of a self-governing society. Locals in the community have managed their own affairs since protesters peacefully ousted the Assad regime from the town.
This, above anything else was the reason why Yabroud was attacked yesterday. Out of plain, ugly and brutal spite. Nothing else.
This is what happens across Syria every single day. This was the aftermath of the strike, 15 people were killed.
An excellent and simple analysis by @Racanarchy on the town of Yabroud, the air strike and the futile attempt of finding a ‘political solution’ of the Assad Regime.
Much has been said over the past two days in the world press about a sick video showing an FSA commander tearing the heart out of a dead Hezbullah fighter (sent to murder Syrians) in Qusayr, Homs and then eating it.
The video is vile. The act is vicious. The cannibalism is inexcusable.
However, the ‘outrage’ over this video has been proclaimed by Human Rights Watch to be “the most disgusting atrocity filmed in the Syrian Civil War”. Human Rights Watch is also quoted in dozens of the world’s most widely read newspapers, television programs and news media networks stating the same. The media in general has taken the same attitude, saying that this single video, is the worst thing to have befallen the Syrian Revolution (they incorrectly call it a civil war).
Honestly? This video is the worst you people have seen come out of Syria? If that’s the case, then allow me to educate you for a moment.
Countless keyboard pontificators, armchair generals, faux-leftists and of course, Assad’s supporters have pounced on this video, waved it like a flag in the wind, and declared that every Syrian who is not on Assad’s side of the massacre (again, not civil war) is a ‘dirty cannibal terrorist’. And yes, they apply that label to babies, children, women, the elderly and the 90,000+ martyrs that Assad’s forces have killed since March 2011.
Where was your outrage, dear fellow humans, when all of the videos below were released? I categorized (that’s how many there are now) them for you below. Can you watch them? Can you bear it? Can you stand it? Or will you look away? Toss our martyrs aside and forget us, or even worse, tell us that our 90,000 dead are all the result of ‘terrorists’ and/or the most elaborate ‘hoax’ of all time. Which is what the Assad regime has said since the first protesters took to the streets in Daraa on March 15th, 2011.
The videos below represent a tiny fraction of the entire body of videos released from Syria and represent a much smaller fraction of what actually happens across the country that is not recorded. I can say, with full, and disgusting, confidence that the Syrian Revolution, turned massacre, is the largest ever mass murder of the Information Age, where there is literally hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of videos to attest to that fact, many of them recorded and released in near real-time.
You can continue your outrage over the video of a cannibal ripping the heart out of a terrorist sent to fight on behalf of a sectarian warlord with the sole aim of empowering a dictator so that he may resume his reign of terror on the people of my country. However, you have no right to label it the ‘most disgusting atrocity’. No right whatsoever.
*These videos are by no means all or even the worst to have emerged from Syria. They are a sample that I have been able to find in the last 2 hours.
LEAKED VIDEOS OF ASSAD’S FORCES TORTURING AND EXECUTING CIVILIANS AND FSA: It is worth it to note that of the few videos posted below, Assad’s regime has not even gone as far as to acknowledge their very existence (of the videos), much less hold those in the videos accountable (since the regime is the one ordering such atrocities). It is also worthy to note that most major crimes by the FSA have been acknowledged and admitted. Even though the FSA is not a formal organization, nor does it have any type of structure or tangible line of command. The FSA even published a statement about the cannibal video here. Something Assad never has, or ever will do.
Assad’s forces torture and execute a group of men. Very difficult to watch.
Assad’s forces beat a middle-aged man in the street and tell him “I’ll let you see your children again if you let us f**k your wife” to which he responds “my wife is my crown” Then they execute him.
Assad’s forces stab and stone two men to death. Horrific video, tough to watch.
Assad’s forces beat this man with metal rods, bricks and then finally execute him while saying ““F**k Your Sister! … F**k Your God You Beast! …. F**k Your Prophet … Take Your Holy Book & Shove it Up our Ass! …. I Want To F**k Your God!”
After beating and humiliating him, they lay him on the ground and execute him.
After brutally torturing them, then executing them, Assad’s forces cut the genitals off these men and place it in their mouths.
Asasd’s forces beat two men to death, laughing as they do it. They even set fire to one of the men’s heads.
As they stab and beat this FSA soldier, they keep asking him if he wants freedom. They tear off his index finger then shoot him in the head.
After they beat, torture, humiliate and execute these men, Assad’s forces run over them with a truck.
Assad’s forces torture a man in Banyas, Tartous.
A member of Assad’s forces calls his mother and asks her to listen to him as he executes a man.
The man from the video above before he was executed. They beat him and say “Don’t speak of God! … Your God will f**k your sister you son of a whore!”
Assad’s forces torture three of their own soldiers for helping the opposition.
After Assad’s men execute these two, they set their bodies on fire and say: “Let this be a warning to all who challenge Allawites, this is what we will do to you”
Assads forces repeatedly whip this woman over and over after they abducted her at a checkpoint.
Assad’s forces slap, humiliate and shave the heads of a husband and wife in-front of their children.
Assad’s forces run over dead FSA soldiers with a tank.
Assad’s forces beat a man in the streets of Homs
Assad’s forces film themselves as they attempt to decapitate a dead FSA fighter
Assad’s forces beat, slap, spit at and humiliate this boy.
They force this man to sing songs of praise to Assad as they beat him.
Assad’s forces brutally torture and beat a woman amongst a group of men on a bus
Assad’s forces shoot a man at point blank range, forcing him to ‘confess’ to whatever they want.
INJURIES & DEATH CASUED BY ASSAD’S FORCES: Below are videos showing some of the more horrific injuries and deaths suffered by Syrian civilians, many of them children, at the hands of Assad’s forces. All the injuries and deaths are by way of bullets, knives, stones, axes, shells, rockets, missiles, ballistic missiles, air raids and even a few instances of tanks physically crushing people.
How can we ever forget Hamza Bakour. He had his jaw blown off by Asasd’s forces in Homs more than a year and a half ago. He died a short while later.
Litte Fatima was decapitated last year after Assad’s forces shelled her town in Idleb.
Another little girl is decapitated by an Assad shell in Aleppo while playing the park. Here is the link to six more videos of decapitated little girls in Syria.
Another girl had her head blown of by a shell in Al Ghanto, Homs.
How can we forget Zainab Al Hosni? The girl who was abducted, skinned, stabbed then beaten to death by Assad’s forces in Sept 2011. Then the regime released a video of her (that her mother said was not her) on TV and made her say she ran away from home. This was done before they killed her.
A mother and her fetus are killed by Assad’s forces in Homs. Here are 7 other videos of mother’s being killed with their fetus’s
Little Salah Khaled Qanna had his head blown open by an Assad sniper in Daraa.
He was arrested in Homs by Assad’s forces on May 29th, 2011 and returned like this to his parents on June 18th. Abdullah Juha was only 13 years old.
We also remember little Ola Jablawi, shot through her eye in Lattakia by Assad’s forces in August 2011.
Of course, we have Hamza Al Khatib, the horrific torture he endured after being arrested (he was 13) included chopping off his genitals, breaking most of his bones, being shot, electrocuted and beaten. We thought, back in 2011, that this event would lead to world intervention and help. This was before the people of Syria took up arms to defend themselves and before a further 8,000 children were killed.
Maher Al Zourbi, 11 years old, was shot along with his father by Assad’s forces in Rastan in Sept 2011. Here he is taking his final breath.
A little boy is shot dead in the head in Daraa Oct 2011 after protesting in the streets.
A little boy is choking on his own blood after being shot in the head and neck by Assad’s forces in Homs in Oct 2011.
This is all that is left of two children in Kafr Takhareem, Idleb after Assad’s forces shelled them in Feb 2011.
Ammar Abdul Nasser Zamour, a boy, was abducted along with his entire family in Homs in March 2012. Assad’s forces ‘released’ the entire family. Dead. This is what they did to Ammar. he was tortured to death.
Mustapha Saeed Al Jarkass is not even 10 years old. He was arrested by Assad’s forces and returned to his parents like this in March 2011.
Mohamed Al Naser had his skull blown off when he was shot by Assad’s forces in Dier Ezzor in April 2012.
Mohamed Al Dali, another boy, was also shot in Deir Ezzor. His brain was blown out as well. Only in this video he is still alive, taking his last breaths. his body still twitching.
Basel Aslan, a young volunteer with the Red Crescent and medical student in Aleppo was arrested by Assad’s forces and had his bones broken, was stabbed and burned alive.
Little Ayat Al Sleik had most of her head blown off in Douma, Damascus in Sept 2012. She is still alive in this video, taking her final breaths.
Mohamed Jasem Al Ahmar takes his final breaths after a horrific injury from a shell strike in Deir Ezzor.
Her legs are shredded, yet she’s still alive. A tiny victim of Assad’s shelling in Talbiseh, Homs in July 2012.
A horrific scene in a clinic in Houla, Homs in July 2012. One of the children was decapitated.
You can’t even make out that this pile of flesh and bones was once a 7 year old boy named Mustafa Khalil Al Khalil from Idleb.
Assad’s forces run over this boy in a car during a protest in Al Bab, Aleppo. His brains came out through his mouth.
Ismail Al Khateeb is a little child. His head was blown off by Assad’s forces in Sha’ar, Aleppo in August of 2012.
Sarah Zakaria had her skull blown open by Assad’s forces in Al Bab, Aleppo.
Mohamed Saleh Khubiyeh has the top half of his head blown of by Asasd’s forces in Douma, Damascus.
The shrapnel pierced his mothers womb and killed him in Dier Ezzor in Sept 2012.
A little boy is confused, shocked and terrified as he stand over the body of his mother who was just killed before his eyes in Idleb.
All they could do was watch her take her last breaths and die. A little girl in Douma, Damascus.
Her final moments on Earth are agonizing. She’s only a toddler in Idleb.
Shahed Al Khattab is a three year old girl from Kafrzeita, Hama. In Dec 2012, this is what Assad’s forces did to her.
Majed Rajab is a 14 year old Palestinian boy who lived in Damascus (Al Asali). In Dec 2012, Assad, the ‘Leader of The Resistance’ ordered his home to be shelled.
Two young boys in Maaret Misreen, Idleb who are very much alive and are experiencing the unimaginable horror of having their entire bodies burnt.
Little Walid Al Hannash has his face blown off by Assad’s forces in Douma, Damascus in Jan 2012.
A FEW OF THE MASSACRES CARRIED OUT BY ASSAD’S FORCES: The video’s below are a few of the massacres that have occurred over the last 2+ years. All by Assad’s forces. I’m sorry that I have not included a great deal of the videos here, there are just too many and the objective was not to list all of them, but to show people that this is small fraction of what happens everyday … what they should be outraged at …
One of the many videos from the most recent massacre that took place in Banyas, Tartous. Hundreds of men, women and children were slaughtered.
A Massacre in Karam El Zeitoun, Homs in Jan 2012. So many of the dead are children.
Dozens of massacred bodies were being hidden in the National Hospital in Idleb in Jan 2012.
All of them children. All murdered in Hama by Assad’s forces on the 30th anniversary of the Hama Massacre.
A massacre in Khalidyah, Homs in Feb 2012
An entire family, including 4 children, are massacred in Karam El Zeitoun, Homs in Feb 2012.
More children massacred in Karam El Zeiroun, Homs in March 2011.
Of course, how can we forget the massacre in Houla in May 2011 … so many children, throats slit.
Another scene from the Houla Massacre.
A shell strike in Douma, Damascus in May 2011. One of the regular and daily scenes of horror.
The massacre in a tiny farm called Qubeir in Hama resulted in close to 100 deaths.
His father was one of 13 men taken off a bus in Qusayr, Homs and executed by Assad’s forces in June 2012.
A horrible scene where Assad’s forces bombed a bakery in Talbiseh, Homs.
A shell strike in Bustan Al Qasr, Aleppo i July 2012… this is the result.
Little kids among the dead during shelling on the small village of Gharnata in Homs.
Horrible footage from a massacre in Zamalka, Damascus in July 2012 where Assad’s forces detonated a car bomb while a protest passed by. 100+ dead.
Just one of the dozens of videos from the Daraya, Damascus massacre in August 2012 where upto 1,000 people were massacred over 3 days of carnage.
Assad’s forces rounded up 50 men from their homes in Qaboun, Damascus and slaughtered them on the street in August 2012.
Dozens of bodies are found in the morgue at the University Hospital in Aleppo in August 2012. All bear signs of torture and execution.
This is the 1st massacre of Jdeidat Aroutz in Damascus in August 2012. Not to be confused with the 2nd much larger one that happened a few weeks ago.
After executing them, Assad’s forces burned them in Al-Arbeen, Hama in Sept 2012.
A massacre by Assad’s forces in Aleppo in Sept 2012.
A massacre in the village of Van in Hama in Sept 2012
Among the 10 people slaughtered in Tal Shoor, Homs, 3 are women, 4 are children.
A massacre in the town of Abel, Homs where entire families were rounded up, had their throats slit, then burnt.
A Massacre in the town of Madamiyeh, Damascus this past January from Assad’s shelling.
Horrific scenes of the dead/injured in Jobar, Homs earlier this year. More from this event here.
The unreal scene after an Assad airstrike on a bakery in Halfaya, Hama.
PEOPLE CONTINUE TO MAKE THE ‘CROSSING OF DEATH’ IN ORDER TO LIVE. Aleppo (Bustan Al Qasr): May 13, 2013 - You’ve never thought about it. You cross the street as most people on Earth do, you look both ways, make sure there are no cars or bikes and then cross. You don’t hesitate or hide behind a street corner. You don’t stop and think to yourself, “is it worth my life? do I have to cross?”. You just simply cross.
That is not the case for the people of this neighborhood. They don’t look left or right. They don’t walk. They say a little prayer, then run for their life as Assad’s snipers fire at them. They must do this every single day.
A short film was made about the ‘Crossing of Death’, watch it here.
WARNING: NO MUSLIMS OR ARABS … NOR HUMANS WERE OUTRAGED AT THIS ANCIENT MONUMENT BEING SHELLED. Homs (Jouret Al Sheyah): May 13, 2013 - This is the Khaled Ibn Walid mosque in Homs, possibly one of the city’s most recognized and priceless historic buildings.
The mosque is said to house the mausoleum of Khaled Ibn Walid, a 7th century commander who defeated the Byzantine (East Roman) occupiers in Syria. The mosque was built around his mausoleum shortly after his death and expanded multiple times until it reached it’s current form sometime in the 19th or 20th century.
It has survived various occupying armies over hundreds of years … that is until now, as Assad’s forces destroy the city of Homs and everything in it.
***GRAPHIC*** YES. HIS INJURY IS AS HORRIFIC AS YOU THINK IT IS. HE’S JUST A BOY. Damascus (Babila): May 12, 2013 - No, those are not his clothes soaked in blood. That is is body with the skin and flesh torn away. He was severely wounded when Assad’s forces shelled his home.
Thousands of children across Syria suffer the same fate as this boy each day.
WHAT KIND OF EXISTENCE IS THIS? WHAT KIND OF LIFE IS THIS? WATCH ASSAD’S FORCES BOMB THIS TOWN. Damascus (Kafrbatna): May 10, 2013 - Moments after the first airstrike by an Assadist jet, injured and dazed people wander the streets. Rubble and fire everywhere. But it’s not over yet … Assad’s forces always come back to strike again, and sure enough, the jet returns and hits them again.
ASSAD’S ALLIES IN TURKEY BOMB THE EPICENTER AND BEATING HEART OF AID OPERATIONS TO SYRIA. Turkey (Reyhanli): May 11, 2013 - In a desperate act of ugliness and terrorism, Assad’s allies and ‘agents’ in Turkey detonated two car bombs, 15min apart, in this small village turned town on the border with Syria at the main crossing point of Bab Al Hawa.
The town is extremely vital for Syria. Almost all aid into liberated territory in Syria is delivered through here. Any aid organization operating in Syria has it’s operations base here. Hospitals that accept the most critical injuries from Syria are based here. Media from around the world use the town as a staging point to enter Syria. The town also houses thousands of Syrian refugees who have rented homes and apartments.
For Assad, Reyhanli was a ‘natural’ choice to spread his terror. The town is a vital artery and he wants to close it.
There are reports that dozens of Turkish nationalist thugs entered the town at the time of the bombings to assault Syrians, destroy their shops and cars. They blamed them for the bombings, not Assad. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail. The Turkish people have been overwhelmingly generous and patient as hundreds of thousands of Syrians have flood across the border into Turkey. The government has facilitated an extremely efficient (given the circumstances) flow of goods and logistical support for aid into Syria.
A FEW SHORT MINUTES OF WHAT HELL ON EARTH IS LIKE. A CLINIC IN SYRIA. Damascus (Kafrbatna): May 10, 2013 - Almost all the victims are children. All of them were injured or killed by Assad’s forces after their homes were shelled. What more is there to say?
May 10th & 11th, 2013 - The shelling began as always, yet this time the intensity was like none other before, Assad’s forces used such brutal fire power against the people of this town that residents began to jump in the the river Assi just to escape the besieged town.
This is what the people were trying to avoid. A fate like this. For the dead in the back of this pickup, it was too late for them. Assad’s shells found them. There are 10 people in the back of this truck alone.
Residents fleeing the town just before they cross the river scream to the camera “Where are you Arabs! Where are you!“
They use makeshift boats and even swim/wade across the river to escape Assad’s forces.
THE MOMENT ASSAD’S FIGHTER JET DROPS TWO MASSIVE BOMBS ONTO THIS TOWN. Damascus (Daraya): May 9, 2013 - Day after day Assad’s forces have done everything they possible can with every type of Russian munition to obliterate this city. Yet some residents still remain. This town was once known as the epicenter of peaceful protests, with protesters handing out roses and water to Assad’s forces that were firing at them.
However, the town lies just next to Assad’s most important airbase. So he could not allow it’s residents to live in freedom. It started with a massacre of 1000+ people over 3 days in Aug 2013 and continues to this day with block by block destruction of the town.
This is a photo dating back to before March 2013. The ‘goal’ of Assad’s forces is to completely flatten the entire town.
THE MOST RESILIANT PEOPLE ON EARTH. THEY SAVE A MAN FROM ASSAD’S SNIPERS. Aleppo (Bab Al Hadeed): May 7, 2013 - A bewildered and elderly man lay on the street in Aleppo. He was shot by Assad’s snipers and does not know what to do. Local FSA fighters try to convince him to move to safety, they even throw him a line … none of which he responds to. Then finally a random civilian runs into the middle of the street and drags the old man to safety under a hail of bullets. He almost makes it but is a few feet short. A few seconds later yet another man jumps in to drag the man to safety, again, under a hail of bullets from Assad’s forces.
The details of the human carnage in western Syria over the weekend, in which hundreds of civilians were slaughtered apparently by pro-regime militias, remain shrouded in mystery. But sufficient testimonies, pictures and videos point to a deliberate act of sectarian cleansing in the Alawites’ heartland.
It is remarkable that the regime’s media, unlike in previous massacres, has neither condemned the killing nor blamed the rebels. Pro-regime Facebook pages even posted pictures of slaughtered children, claiming they were militants.
The carnage is meant to teach a lesson. But to understand what the lesson is, we must first understand the dynamics of the conflict in the country’s middle and coastal regions, often referred to as “tamas ta’ifi” - the sectarian dividing lines.
According to testimonies from Al Bayda village in Banias, the site of one of the massacres, some 400 people were killed and 300 disappeared; of those, roughly 200 were buried in a mass grave in the presence of the pro-regime militias on Saturday. And of those, 150 were identified by name, while 50 bodies were difficult to identify because they were too disfigured or were of displaced persons from other areas.
Witnesses say some of the victims were seen killed in the village’s central area but their bodies disappeared later. A similar number of people were reportedly killed in the nearby city of Banias.
The pictures and videos that emerged are horrific. Entire families were slaughtered, including children. Pro-regime militiamen reportedly stormed the Sunni areas on Thursday after early clashes with rebels. Hundreds of residents then fled the area, as the pro-regime militias continued to march from one Sunni village to another.
The perpetrators of this massacre are not known, but one man, an Alawite Arab from Turkey’s Hatay province who leads groups of Alawite militias in the coastal region, has advocated for such a scenario. Mihraç Ural, who sometimes goes by his nickname Al Kayyal (the weigher), has recorded videos threatening the rebels against fighting near the coastline, the heartland of President Bashar Al Assad’s clan and sect. Mr Ural speaks impeccable Arabic with a Syrian accent, and is said to have been awarded Syrian nationality by the late Hafez Al Assad for his role with the Syrian intelligence.
In a video posted Sunday on YouTube, Mr Ural speaks of a plan to “cleanse Banias from the traitors”. The commander explained to his fighters - known as the Syrian Resistance - that Banias is the only pathway for the rebels to the Mediterranean Sea. He said the rebels could not reach the coast from other areas because those areas were well-protected by the regime’s forces.
The details of his talk is revealing:
The video shows Mr Ural sitting next to an Alawite religious leader. Alawite religious leaders had hitherto refrained from involving themselves in the conflict, even publicly distancing themselves from the regime’s crackdown. A militia commander unequivocally calling for “cleansing” a Sunni area in the presence of an Alawite leader wearing his religious uniform, and then posting the video on YouTube, was likely calculated by the regime.
Equally important is the use of the word “cleansing”; the commander first said the area must be “liberated”, but a man next to the camera then corrected him by repeating “cleansing” and the commander nods and says “cleansing” in the next sentence.
Thousands of Sunni Syrians live among Alawites in the coastal region after they fled violence in their areas. The fact that Alawites and Sunnis still live side by side belies the media’s prevailing narrative that all Syrian society is polarised along sectarian lines.
The narrative is that the regime’s forces are driving Sunni families from Alawite areas, in Homs and elsewhere, for the purpose of paving the way for a potential statelet on the coast. But that narrative is inaccurate because such moves are not systematic or universal. Sunni families were welcomed in the Alawite heartlands and Alawite families are similarly leaving their areas in the country’s middle when there is violence and heading to the coast.
These moves, therefore, suggest that sectarian cleansing is not being conducted for the purpose of establishing a potential state but for other strategic reasons to ensure the flow of Alawite fighters from and into this area. As the rebels close in on the coastline, the regime probably feels that such massacres will deepen sectarian tensions and pit Sunni and Alawites against each other, thereby convincing the Alawites they need to fight alongside the Assad regime for their survival.
A similar ploy was employed in the beginning of the conflict in 2011. A month into the anti-regime protests, pro-regime militias - their fighters with accents and names associated in Syria with Alawites - filmed themselves humiliating protesters in the same village as the weekend’s massacre.
The recent carnage in Banias has been among the most grisly in Syria’s conflict in terms of numbers dead. The message to Sunni fighters is that the coastline is a red line. For Alawites the message is one of reassurance, that the coast will not face the same fate as Al Qusayr’s in Homs, where residents felt the regime could not shield them from rebel attacks last month - when Hizbollah intervened.
Alawite fighters have been steadily suffering losses; if these losses come closer to home, that might push many of them to realise a victory for the rebels is possible. And this is a scenario the Assad regime seeks to avoid.