Syrian Rebels Share Common Goal

Rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are a diverse group, ranging from young civilians with no military experience to seasoned soldiers who defected from the army. But they all have the same goal, the end of the Assad regime which considers them to be terrorists.

Captain Maan Mansour was a pilot in the Syrian military. He abandoned his post three months ago and joined the rebels of the Free Syrian Army.

“I defected because the Assad regime was killing women and children and innocent people,” said Mansour. “All they wanted was democracy and freedom. What was the crime of all these people he killed?”

Mohammed Badr Abbas, 20, was a store clerk until a year ago. He says he marched peacefully in the anti-government demonstrations. But when he saw the violence he decided to join the rebels.

“We are fighting for a principle, not for money, but for our freedom and dignity as human beings,” said Abbas. “The Syrian army troops fight as a job whereas we fight for Allah [God].”

Many of those who join the rebels have no military training. Abu Mahmoud is a baker who now commands an FSA brigade fighting in Aleppo.

“Training? They don’t need training. All these guys know how to handle a weapon,” said Mahmoud .

Ahmed Ghazali, 31, was a captain in the Syrian army until he defected early this year. Now he is in charge of security for the rebel-held town of Azaz, northern Syria.

“The most important challenge facing us now is to satisfy the wants of the people and improve their lives,” said Ghazali. “They have many needs and we are working on them. We are the servants of the people, unlike during the time of Assad when the people were his slaves.”

Abbas says the rebels, despite their different backgrounds, all have the same dream.

“We hope to free the country from this unjust regime and to see a smile on the faces of the children,” he said.

The under-equipped rebels face shortages of ammunition and increasing government air attacks against which they have no weapons.

They say they supply food and fuel to the local population while aiding the growing number of people who have been displaced by the fighting.

But the Syrian government, trying to root out rebels with military attacks, says they are illegally taking over villages and causing the refugee exodus.

VOA

  • bs244846

    THIS IS DEMOCRACY….5thdrawer type of democracy…3alehom  ya 3arab…tribes grouped in bundles and bunches, with blood lineage as sole link, instinctive agressive behavioural aberrances…after looting they will kill each other democratically for the loot…….waylon li oummatin kasirat fi7a adyanouha wa kalla fi7a dinouha 

    • Patience2

       Ah … more ‘bs’, always, more ‘bs’.

  • bs244846

    THIS IS DEMOCRACY….5thdrawer type of democracy…3alehom  ya 3arab…tribes grouped in bundles and bunches, with blood lineage as sole link, instinctive agressive behavioural aberrances…after looting they will kill each other democratically for the loot…….waylon li oummatin kasirat fi7a adyanouha wa kalla fi7a dinouha 

    • 5thDrawer

      Aside from your usual crap BS, the only bad line in the quotes above is; ” … whereas we fight for Allah [God].”
      You just can’t stand to think that MOST of the people want what they said they wanted – some freedom, some representation, and a viable election process.
      You can flap your fevered lips all you want with that useless drivel you spout, but you can’t change the facts.
      One might agree with your ‘tribal’ analysis … but then you dive back into the vitriol – against democracy.
      Of course, beyond the suppositions you describe as ‘ifs’, we know you will even pick and choose which facts will back your agenda … but there is little rationale in most of your rants anyway, and largely they are ignored, as they should be. (excluding the lower-grade mud-slinging)
      As for all your ‘cheap shots’ at me in many places – some where I hadn’t even entered a comment – I figure getting into a ‘blog’ has that risk anyway. We tend to lay ourselves out here, don’t we?
      You can’t affect me … I know who I am and how I think, and more importantly WHY I think as I do.
      In your case, having seen little logic in your approaches to subjects, I doubt you ever examined the ‘why’.
      I will leave you with an applicable line from Grouch Marx: (Peace be upon him and all that silly stuff 😉
      “You have the mind of a 4-year old; and I bet he was happy to give it to you.”

      • bs244846

        i am not trying to affect you…you are a hopeless case….its true that i come to these blogs to try to enlighten some cases which are not advanced enough hence curable, unfortunately not your case, and when you dip into a barril of sh!t you smell sh!t but this does not mean you are sh!t…unfortunately this is what i got from the likes of you in this blog and this is why you are considering me one of yours but on tbe other side of the fence, just because i smell what you are made of namely sh!t…. i am not expecting an illetrate person to tell me what mental age i have, i used to determine mental ages of people when i was in my active life, hence i am a professional in that respect…being illetrate is not a shame…many people did not have the chance of getting educated, this is part of lifes injustices, but what is dangerous in your case is that you use plenty of defense mechanisms which reflect how deeply scarred you are by the fact you are uneducated and illetrate…examples of your defense mechanisms: denial is one of them… “”it is by choice that i refused to get a piece of toilet paper”” which is a university degree given by oxford or by the massachusets institute of technology, kinda barns according to your own words describing these institutions or maybe kinda stables where we better put cattle rather than educate people…the more dangerous part of your personality is that you consider yourself an einstein…oops einstein is just a stupid university graduate….a kinda god who knows everything….omnipotent omniscient…now in these blogs, copying and pasting some internet websites to those idiot supporters of the rebels in syria or arrierated salafis makes you impress them boosting your psyche to such an extent that you are almost imploding here…like that cow watching its shadow getting bigger and bigger with the sunrise till it exploded and spilled sh!t eveywhere

        • bs244846

          PS….you dont have the honour of a lebanese…if you were lebanese i would be chinese

        • plomca

            Hey
          Dumb Shit – from your description on underwear’s in these forums – I
          agree with you, you are Chinese. Since you see everything upside down,
          your shit comes out of your mouth.

          You don’t have the honor of being Lebanese you Syrian/Iranian Dumb Shit!

        • rossoferrari

           WOW what a language to guy who claims to have a son as a minister, a daughter that works for the intelligence in syria. I take it they are your product and that’s why syria is where it is now. Elitism!!!

        • yalibnan

          bs244846This is to remind you to  respect the community. Comments that contain personal attacks or inappropriate language will be removed. We  have removed today some of your postings  for using 
          inappropriate language. 

        • 5thDrawer

          By the way, BS … that Rolex joke was originally part of one about a Yuppie Wall-Street guy.
          (As in ‘things’ being more important than a good life to some.)
          But good jokes ARE adaptable, right? 🙂

      • plomca

        Hey Dumb Shit – from your description on underwear’s in these forums – I agree with you, you are Chinese. Since you see everything upside down, your shit comes out of your mouth.

        You don’t have the honor of being Lebanese you Syrian/Iranian Dumb Shit!

        • bs244846

          there is nothing wrong in being chinese…not sure about being yahoodi….listen to this….haim benkhara, was driving his car and was hit by another car…he lost consciousness and lost also his arm in the accident…when he woke up the doctor asked him…haim haim, is everything ok…haim shouted…omg where is my rolex…it was on my wrist….hahahahaha…nothing wrong in being chinese

        • yalibnan

          This is to remind you 
          to  respect the community. Comments that contain personal attacks or inappropriate language will be entirely removed.

    • Patience2

       Ah … more ‘bs’, always, more ‘bs’.

  • yazidi

    freedom will reach the doors of qirdaha and soon new public toilet will be open above the ibliss(hafez) grave….

  • yazidi

    freedom will reach the doors of qirdaha and soon new public toilet will be open above the ibliss(hafez) grave….

    • bs244846

      yessss we will grow our beards, the facial ones and the ones underneath our underwear, we will make a harem and we will practise al rouda3 al kabir, and nikah al misyar…please bring all your females in your family…after nikah we release the harem naked in the fields of kirdaha and we go hunt them with a 37 mm rifle…allah wa akbar wal 3izzatou lil jarab and we have sex with their dead bodies as halalised by a recent fatwa by salafi syphilitic imam who said men are allowed to have sex with their wives till 24 hours after death

      • There is no class in this forum… I am really disgusted. When our women are spoken of in this degrading manner I am ashamed to be part of it. If the monitors of Yalibnan do not stop this I am out of here.

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          Allah ma3EK…..

        • bs244846

          lah lah lah dakhilak ou3a tfil ya fil….lol walak tozzi fi toz as sayf al islam said…omg btizofellini biddou yiz3al 3am darib 3aleh

        • @yalibnan:twitter This is the last post as I have complained before about the language of some which you never moderate nor ban. Scum bags like bs244846 and Moe2000. These people are real trash like the religion they practice. I can imagine the filth they daily swim in to spew hatred and dirt out of their mouth. This forum reflects the Lebanese society as it is today. No values and no class. The scum of the earth rule us and douche bags follow repeating slogans from a hateful religion and hateful terrorist parties. Do not bother reply as I won’t answer and definitely won’t read it as I am terminating this account. To bs244846 may you be buried in pig’s fat while wrapped in pigs skin soon if God is willing. One last thing shove sayf el islam and islam up your oily a-ss.

        • AntiFSA

          La3anak allah ya kaleb. May God curse you for you words.
          Good ridden 

        • slick101

          Do not let the door hit you on the way out.

        • @slick101:disqus ah ya slick ya batal el keyboard enta ya wa7esh ya abadaay… NOT
          One thing you are not… slick
          One thing you are… 101 pigs
          lol

        • slick101

          So, you are one of those who are not dignified enough to stand behind their words….

        • @slick101:disqus yalibnan obliged and removed the nasty comments about women. wa nabqa…
          You should take a stand with me not against me on that topic. When our women, daughters, wives and mothers become a topic of derogatory comments I am going to at least try to stop it. Other than that ANY political views or counter views are welcome. REALLY man what ever I have said to upset you? putting a red line at insulting our mothers? REALLY? Is that what make us so different? Than be it… Unless Slick101 is another name to bs########…

        • slick101

          What are you blabbering about ….now you are into name calling, you are a light weight who can not seem to take a jab? 

        • men weyn nabbaz hayda “slick101”? mnokhlas men waa7ad zbeele byotla3 waa7ad azball

        • Prophettttt

          Hannibal,

          Laurence Sterne put it best when He said:“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners” .Even if you do your best at respecting yourself and others,there are times when You get pushed into loosing your cool at this forum. It all depends on how thin your tolerance is,and on how much efforts you want to  put , trying to make sense of the senseless.
           A person is not given  integrity; it results from the relentless pursuit of truth and honesty at all times. THAT also can be very frustrating because both truth and honesty are very evasive,and always camouflaged.One thing I  believe-at least until now- is that a lie can serve the  present , but it  has no future.

      • yazidi

        yes its your culture race of not animals but its an ibliss race

        • Moe2000

          Go drink breast milk like the Saudi Wahhabi cleric told you to do.

      • Moe2000

         You forgot the Saudi Wahhabi breast milk Fatwa to make it ok for a male and female to sit together.

        • AntiFSA

          Moe. how about the fatwa by the same Saudi Wahhabi Kaleb who has said it is ok for one to sleep with his wife once she has passed away, As long it is within 6 hours of her death.

  • slick101

    hannibal- you are showing your true color and that is a low life individual and I would not be enticed to step down to your level, btw, I am glad I do not have in my hands what you got in your mouth….

    • Hannibal

      My true color? last I checked I am white… he he
      I still find it weird why you are picking a fight with me? Just because I asked for some civility towards women? Oh may be you can’t because your religion forbids you from treating women as equals. One more thing bel 3arabe lemshabra7: za7it
      lol

      • 5thDrawer

        Yah Hannibal … such a bad guy you are … almost as bad as me perhaps for pushing that ‘equality line’.  Have a scotch, and don’t worry about it too much.
        Maybe it was something lost in the translation … we should explain it doesn’t refer to some net-working like Western E-quality. Respect for women is the idea … and civility toward them and us.
        Mind you … some ladies think they should be completely equal and in the army and police too … where they also learn to swear like troopers, at the right time … and those ones CAN defend themselves. 😉

        • Greetings 5th,
           keep up the good standard  that you display with all the ghetto newcomers that inffected this venue, not sure if it is your dna or the brand of scotch you keep in the top drawer  but you are calmer and a better man than i am  for maintaining your calm on this forum.

           like many others I find that  the recent exchange  is  defective, couterproductive and obsolete  representing a mentality of the futile seventies and not  a culture that has been there and done  that

          sadly the contributors  that display class in their style of dialogue are least respected by the cockroaches that are so fixed on superiority and a mision to wipe out  anyone that does not agree with their view.

          untill yalibnan truly enforces a  ZERO tolerance of foul language and personal attacks, more and more quality people will lose intrest in engaging in a constructive maner.

        • 5thDrawer

          Hi Geo 🙂 Happy to see the bird again. I think Prophetttt grabbed a bottle … but it wasn’t enough. 😉
          Nice to know some good folks pop in just to check on occasion.
          You could have me blushing … but I have taken shots in my own way as well, when I thought it was warranted. There ARE times …. 🙂

  • slick101

    hannibal- you are showing your true color and that is a low life individual and I would not be enticed to step down to your level, btw, I am glad I do not have in my hands what you got in your mouth….

    • Hannibal

      My true color? last I checked I am white… he he
      I still find it weird why you are picking a fight with me? Just because I asked for some civility towards women? Oh may be you can’t because your religion forbids you from treating women as equals. One more thing bel 3arabe lemshabra7: za7it
      lol

  • slick101

    hannibal- you are showing your true color and that is a low life individual and I would not be enticed to step down to your level, btw, I am glad I do not have in my hands what you got in your mouth….

    • My true color? last I checked I am white… he he
      I still find it weird why you are picking a fight with me? Just because I asked for some civility towards women? Oh may be you can’t because your religion forbids you from treating women as equals. One more thing bel 3arabe lemshabra7: za7it
      lol

      • 5thDrawer

        Yah Hannibal … such a bad guy you are … almost as bad as me perhaps for pushing that ‘equality line’.  Have a scotch, and don’t worry about it too much.
        Maybe it was something lost in the translation … we should explain it doesn’t refer to some net-working like Western E-quality. Respect for women is the idea … and civility toward them and us.
        Mind you … some think they should be completely equal and in the army and police too … where they also learn to swear like troopers, at the right time … and those ones CAN defend themselves. 😉 

        • Greetings 5th,
           keep up the good standard  that you display with all the ghetto newcomers that inffected this venue, not sure if it is your dna or the brand of scotch you keep in the top drawer  but you are calmer and a better man than i am  for maintaining your calm on this forum.

           like many others I find that  the recent exchange  is  defective, couterproductive and obsolete  representing a mentality of the futile seventies and not  a culture that has been there and done  that

          sadly the contributors  that display class in their style of dialogue are least respected by the cockroaches that are so fixed on superiority and a mision to wipe out  anyone that does not agree with their view.

          untill yalibnan truly enforces a  ZERO tolerance of foul language and personal attacks, more and more quality people will lose intrest in engaging in a constructive maner.

        • 5thDrawer

          Hi Geo 🙂 Happy to see the bird again. I think Prophetttt grabbed a bottle … but it wasn’t enough. 😉 Nice to know some good folks pop in just to check on occasion.
          You could have me blushing … but I have taken shots in my own way as well, when I thought it was warranted. There ARE times …. 🙂

  • slick101

    Hannibal- show me where I said anything negative about women, you must have me mistaken for someone else. It is hard for you to believe but I love women, my mom, my sisters, my daughters, my aunts and my wife for whom I love with all my heart and have the deepest respect happen to be women.  

  • slick101

    Hannibal- show me where I said anything negative about women, you must have me mistaken for someone else. It is hard for you to believe but I love women, my mom, my sisters, my daughters, my aunts and my wife for whom I love with all my heart and have the deepest respect happen to be women.  

  • slick101

    Hannibal- show me where I said anything negative about women, you must have me mistaken for someone else. It is hard for you to believe but I love women, my mom, my sisters, my daughters, my aunts and my wife for whom I love with all my heart and have the deepest respect happen to be women.