Rebel group ‘moves command centre to Syria’

Syria’s main rebel group says it is moving its command centre from the Turkish border into Syria itself in preparation of an offensive against President Bashar al-Assad’s troops in Damascus.

Riyad al-Asaad, commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), announced the move on Saturday in a video message from Syria, the first since the group founded its command centre in Turkey at the beginning of the 19-month conflict.

“To the Syrian people, its freedom fighters and all the armed factions, we are glad to let you know that the leadership of the FSA has moved into Syria following arrangements made with other brigades that included securing liberated areas with the hope of launching the offensive on Damascus,” Asaad said.

He said the FSA has felt pressure by the international community to take a leading role in post-war Syria. Asaad said the FSA rejected those offers, reiterating that the people of Syria should decide the future of the country.

“Since we left our country we suffered all sorts of regional and international interference and political pressure, we were isolated. Their goal was to have the FSA replace Assad once he is gone, but we categorically made it clear that we would never betray our people reiterating that only the Syrians should decide their future institutions.”

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Akcakale on the Turkey-Syria border, said the rebels have been cautiously edging forward, taking territory 5km inside Syria.

“The move of the command centre is not necessarily a massive breakthrough because the FSA is still very much dependent on Turkey for its supply lines,” he said.

‘Border clashes’

In Saturday’s other developments, Syrian government troops and rebels clashed near a border crossing with Jordan, opposition activists said.

The fighting, accompanied by heavy shelling from government troops, raged on Saturday near the busy Al-Nasib border crossing located on a highway linking the Syrian and Jordanian capitals, according to the activists.

Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted a high-ranking Jordanian official as denying the reports about clashes between Jordanian and Syrian armies.

The official confirmed that Jordanian soldiers shot in the air to distract the Syrian soldiers from chasing refugees during their attempts to cross the border.

Meanwhile, a witness told Reuters news agency that rebel fighters shot down a fighter jet as it flew over the northern town of Atarib in Idlib province.

The witness, an independent journalist who asked to remain anonymous, said rebel fighters were attacking a military base near the town when the jet flew over and rebels shot it down with anti-aircraft guns.

Vastly outgunned, rebels say they need surface-to-air missiles to take down fighter jets and helicopters used by the Syrian military to bombard opposition strongholds.

Anti-aircraft guns

Fighters use outdated anti-aircraft machine guns that are welded to pickup vehicles but they are inaccurate and useless if the military aircraft fly above a certain altitude.

On August 27 fighters shot down a helicopter on the outskirts of Damascus and three days later rebels said they had brought down a jet in Idlib, near the Turkish border.

Elsewhere in Syria, activists said government jets bombarded areas in Yabroud, near the capital Damascus, and pro-rebel districts in the embattled northern city of Aleppo.

Independent verification of reports out of Syria is constrained by media restrictions imposed by the government in Damascus.

At least 150 people, mainly near Damascus and Aleppo, were killed across Syria on Friday, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Also on Friday, Iraq has barred a North Korean aircraft from using its airspace on suspicion it was carrying weapons for Syria, regional media reported.

Earlier this week, US officials accused Iraq of allowing Iran to fly arms to Syria using the Iraqi airspace, a charge denied by the Baghdad government. North Korea and Iran are allies of Assad.

Activists say more than 27,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the uprising in Syria, which began with peaceful street protests that provoked a military crackdown and mushroomed into civil war.

Despite calling for Assad to step down, the West is wary of arming disparate rebel groups.

Al Jazeera

  • $31060015

    More like Turkey are feeling the pressure and want them out. Doesn’t matter where they go. They have surely booked a first class ticket to hell. And Assad and the army will more than willing and able to assist them with their well deserved trip. May the Free Syrian Terrorist burn in hell. And may God show no mercy on their evil souls.

    • Patience2

       Fortunately, the Syrian people HAVE a brave organisation in their FSA, which is on the final stretch toward cleansing Syria of the Assad ‘dog-poop’ making such a mess of trying to run the country.  One can only hope Assad’ll either be killed outright OR be brought to trial in Den Hague.  Thank you, Turkey, for your hospitality AND kindness!

    • plummerjoe

      and you may burn in hell with ASS-AID you mockmock!

    • Moe2000

      Very True Turkey is feeling the wrath of the PKK. Not to mention the Turkish Alawites.

      • Patience2

         You mean the Alevites, stoopid.

  • AntiFSA

    More like Turkey are feeling the pressure and want them out. Doesn’t matter where they go. They have surely booked a first class ticket to hell. And Assad and the army will more than willing and able to assist them with their well deserved trip. May the Free Syrian Terrorist burn in hell. And may God show no mercy on their evil souls.

    • Patience2

       Fortunately, the Syrian people HAVE a brave organisation in their FSA, which is on the final stretch toward cleansing Syria of the Assad ‘dog-poop’ making such a mess of trying to run the country.  One can only hope Assad’ll either be killed outright OR be brought to trial in Den Hague.  Thank you, Turkey, for your hospitality AND kindness!

    • plummerjoe

      and you may burn in hell with ASS-AID you mockmock!

    • Moe2000

      Very True Turkey is feeling the wrath of the PKK. Not to mention the Turkish Alawites.

      • Patience2

         You mean the Alevites, stoopid.

  • wargame1

    Assad mig Shot down in Aleppo
    Please search the following on youtube
    “Assad loses Warplane in Clashes in Aleppo Region 9-22-12”

  • wargame1

    Assad mig Shot down in Aleppo
    Please search the following on youtube
    “Assad loses Warplane in Clashes in Aleppo Region 9-22-12”

  • wargame1

    Assad mig Shot down in Aleppo
    Please search the following on youtube
    “Assad loses Warplane in Clashes in Aleppo Region 9-22-12”

  • salafiFalafil

    good weekend joke; this guy seems to be an expert in jokes; he is not in probation time anymore; he made his proof in that respect; he wouldnt surprise me if he turns to be working for the syrian moukhabarat & getting his fake army closer to mazzeh  jail, even though the jail is now closed: maybe getting refurbished with more sophisticated torture means

  • salafiFalafil

    good weekend joke; this guy seems to be an expert in jokes; he is not in probation time anymore; he made his proof in that respect; he wouldnt surprise me if he turns to be working for the syrian moukhabarat & getting his fake army closer to mazzeh  jail, even though the jail is now closed: maybe getting refurbished with more sophisticated torture means

  • saoudiAhbal

    this face looks moribond; do you think he is dead?

  • saoudiAhbal

    this face looks moribond; do you think he is dead?

  • Where is Russia and China in time of need? Assad needs your help to fight the Zionist sponsored FSA. The fight
    must continue to the last drop of Syrian blood. RUSSIA  DO  NOT  STAB  YOUR  SYRIAN  BROTHERS  IN  THE
    BACK.

    • 5thDrawer

      China/Korea is starting it’s own war with Japan … Russia just wants business.

      • Patience2

         Actually, ‘Pussy Riot’ is giving Putin the business.

    • 5thDrawer

      China/Korea is starting it’s own war with Japan … Russia just wants business.

    • wargame1

      Russia and China are trying their best to keep the Pro Israeli Assad in power. In Israel more than 6 million Jews are Russian speaking and they are originally from Russia. So Israel can be called a “Little Russia” 

      Putin and Medvedev are also Jews. Search this on youtube…..
      “Russia and Israel sign military agreement – RT 100906”

      The free Syrian Army is in fact the potential threat to the Israeli controlled opposition Hezbushaitan. You cant hide this  by chanting anti Israeli slogan.

    • wargame1

      Google this “The Alawi Agenda in Syria” written by DANIEL BART from Israel and he outlined three plan for the crypto Jew Alawites ,Plan c reads..
      “Plan C: The Crypto-Jewish Alawi people in Syria would be seriously threatened with genocide after the regime were to suffer comprehensive, strategic military defeat which would leave Jerusalem little choice but to intervene militarily so as to prevent genocide against this very Jewish people.”

      Assad and his Alawite tribe are crypto jews from the tribe of Kalb. google “To My Alawi Sisters and Brothers” written by your israeli Jew brother DANIEL BART about the Alawite and how to save the crypto Jews in Syria. Israeli defence minister already made Alawite refugee camp in Israel so you might have to be there soon. Hafez Assad sold golan height to Israel in a Phony 6 day war and today the Pro Israeli Alawites live there under Israeli citizenship.  

      • saoudiAhbal

        the tribe of kalb is the tribe of prophet mohammad PiBUH: he real name of the prophet is Mohammad ibn abdullah ibn hashem ibn klab; so thanks for confirming that the alawis are real descendants of the prophet.

        • Hannibal

          I for one would have changed my tribe’s last name if it were kalb… he he

      • saoudiAhbal

        we do not need to google anything; minorities have been struggling for centuries to be able to survive to sunna expansionism and terrorism, better called ayshism. Do you blame the innocent victim you are going to slaughter for tricking you? if your victim succeeds in tricking you, does it make you his victim? come on man, christians jews shiites alawis druze bahais and many many other minorites have been struggling to survive sunna agression over the centuries; do i need to remind you the genocide of the armenians? of the assyrians? of the kurds? did you forget what the ottomans did: kouffars had to walk on left side of the street (ashmel); kouffars had no right to build churches or to preach (omar pact); kouffars had to pay jyzya (philosophy of jyzya is why to kill kouffars better to make them work and make them pay taxes for being kouffars a form of slavery)……i can tell you things till tomorrow; shame on you; wrap it up; the end is near: the tocsin (zammour al khatar) bell is ringing. Sad because we tolerated a lot from you and on top when we dominated you we allowed you to coexist with us: there iwasplace for all variants; you refused & wanted all of it for you alone. If you think yourself intelligent enough that you are tricking USA by claiming to be their allies, i got bad new for you: USA is digging your tomb; wa kad a3zara man ounzira

  • Where is Russia and China in time of need? Assad needs your help to fight the Zionist sponsored FSA. The fight
    must continue to the last drop of Syrian blood. RUSSIA  DO  NOT  STAB  YOUR  SYRIAN  BROTHERS  IN  THE
    BACK.

    • 5thDrawer

      China/Korea is starting it’s own war with Japan … Russia just wants business.

      • Patience2

         Actually, ‘Pussy Riot’ is giving Putin the business.

    • wargame1

      Russia and China are trying their best to keep the Pro Israeli Assad in power. In Israel more than 6 million Jews are Russian speaking and they are originally from Russia. So Israel can be called a “Little Russia” 

      Putin and Medvedev are also Jews. Search this on youtube…..
      “Russia and Israel sign military agreement – RT 100906”

      The free Syrian Army is in fact the potential threat to the Israeli controlled opposition Hezbushaitan. You cant hide this  by chanting anti Israeli slogan.

    • wargame1

      Google this “The Alawi Agenda in Syria” written by DANIEL BART from Israel and he outlined three plan for the crypto Jew Alawites ,Plan c reads..
      “Plan C: The Crypto-Jewish Alawi people in Syria would be seriously threatened with genocide after the regime were to suffer comprehensive, strategic military defeat which would leave Jerusalem little choice but to intervene militarily so as to prevent genocide against this very Jewish people.”

      Assad and his Alawite tribe are crypto jews from the tribe of Kalb. google “To My Alawi Sisters and Brothers” written by your israeli Jew brother DANIEL BART about the Alawite and how to save the crypto Jews in Syria. Israeli defence minister already made Alawite refugee camp in Israel so you might have to be there soon. Hafez Assad sold golan height to Israel in a Phony 6 day war and today the Pro Israeli Alawites live there under Israeli citizenship.  

      • saoudiAhbal

        the tribe of kalb is the tribe of prophet mohammad PiBUH: he real name of the prophet is Mohammad ibn abdullah ibn hashem ibn klab; so thanks for confirming that the alawis are real descendants of the prophet.

        • Hannibal

          I for one would have changed my tribe’s last name if it were kalb… he he

      • saoudiAhbal

        we do not need to google anything; minorities have been struggling for centuries to be able to survive to sunna expansionism and terrorism, better called ayshism. Do you blame the innocent victim you are going to slaughter for tricking you? if he succeeds in tricking you, does it make you his victim? come on man, christians jews shiites alawis druze bahais and many many other minorites have been struggling to survive sunna agrerssion over the centuries; do i need to remind you the genocide of the armenians? of the assyrians? of the kurds? did you forget what the ottomans did: kouffars had to walk on left side of street (ashmel); kouffars had no right to build churches or to preach (omar pact); kouffars had to pay jyzya……i can tell you things till tomorrow; shame on you; wrap it up; the end is near: the tocsin (zammour al khatar) bell is ringing. Sad because we tolerated a lot from you and on top when we dominated you we allowed you to coexist with uis: there is place for all variants; you do not want. If you think yourself intelligent enough that you are tricking USA by claiming to be their allies, i got bad new for you: USA is digging your tomb; wa kad a3zara man ounzira

  • hezzies are terrorists

    Hopefully the FSA captures bashar the dog and tortures him day and night forever!

    • saoudiAhbal

      FSA? Flee Syrian Army; hahahaha are you serious man? havent you heard they are losing on all front! their days are counted

    • saoudiAhbal

      FSA? Flee Syrian Army; hahahaha are you serious man? havent you heard they are losing on all front! their days are counted

    • saoudiAhbal

      Let me give you some breaking news, not just to you because you are blind of both eyes but to many bloggers who blind one eye: DID YOU NOTICE THE ISLAMIC  REVOLUTION IN TURKEY? A SUNNA SPRING IN TURKEY? RADICAL SUNNAS OVERTHREW THE NON RELIGIOUS MILITARY POWER GOVERNING TURKEY FOR DECADES WITH THE BENEDICTION AND SUPPORT OF USA!!!!!!!!! GUYS THE BREAKING NEWS IS THAT IF YOU ARE EXPECTING ASSAD TO FALL AS YOU DID FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR YOU: HE IS NOT FALLING. ON THE CONTRARY THE SYRIAN WAR WILL SPREAD TO TURKEY AND TURKEY IS ALSO ON ITS WAY TO DISAPPEAR; i hope constantinople will be back. I personally see an iran turkey war in the horizon but whether turkey will fall before i do not know; i am not in the secrets of gods

      • saoudiAhbal

        corollary: iran willl also fall & shutter into pieces; but that is the last episode of this thriller series; before that expect rivers of blood (not wine as describred in islamic jannah). turkey iran war is a prelude

      • Hannibal

        There is but one God… (secrets of gods is blasphemy) 😉

  • Hopefully the FSA captures bashar the dog and tortures him day and night forever!

    • saoudiAhbal

      FSA? Flee Syrian Army; hahahaha are you serious man? havent you heard they are losing on all front! their days are counted

    • saoudiAhbal

      Let me give you some breaking news, not just to you because you are blind of both eyes but to many bloggers who blind one eye: DID YOU NOTICE THE ISLAMIC  REVOLUTION IN TURKEY? A SUNNA SPRING IN TURKEY? RADICAL SUNNAS OVERTHREW THE NON RELIGIOUS MILITARY POWER GOVERNING TURKEY FOR DECADES WITH THE BENEDICTION AND SUPPORT OF USA!!!!!!!!! GUYS THE BREAKING NEWS IS THAT IF YOU ARE EXPECTING ASSAD TO FALL AS YOU DID FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR YOU: HE IS NOT FALLING. ON THE CONTRARY THE SYRIAN WAR WILL SPREAD TO TURKEY AND TURKEY IS ALSO ON ITS WAY TO DISAPPEAR; i hope constantinople will be back. I personally see an iran turkey war in the horizon but whether turkey will fall before i do not know; i am not in the secrets of gods

      • saoudiAhbal

        corollary: iran willl also fall & shutter into pieces; but that is the last episode of this thriller series; before that expect rivers of blood (not wine as describred in islamic jannah). turkey iran war is a prelude

      • Hannibal

        There is but one God… (secrets of gods is blasphemy) 😉

  • nayyashAl3arab

    can this toilet cleaner apply for political asylum in turkey?

  • nayyashAl3arab

    can this toilet cleaner apply for political asylum in turkey?

  • nayyashAl3arab

    can this toilet cleaner apply for political asylum in turkey?