Bloodiest 48 hours of Syrian conflict… Over 700 killed


ISIS fighters 2Human rights activists are calling it the bloodiest 48 hours of the Syrian conflict to date. Over the course of Thursday and Friday, they say, more than 700 people were killed in clashes between the militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and government forces. While the scale of such a massacre is staggering, the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine and Israel’s escalating attacks on Gaza dominated international headlines last week, leaving Syria’s grief relegated to the back-burner.

The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom-based group that has monitors the conflict, told reporters that this was the first time the death toll has topped 700 in the span of two days since the civil war broke out in 2011. The fighting last week came as ISIS — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — struggled to wrest control of the Shaar oil field, east of the Syrian city of Homs, from forces in support of President Bashar al-Assad. ISIS announced the creation of a new Islamic caliphate late last month and demanded obedience from all other Islamic militant groups.

The terrorist group has made significant territorial gains over the past few months, capturing major cities in northern Iraq such as Mosul and continuing to expand its control over Syria. Its advances into Syria have been facilitated in large part by the weapons it captured from the retreating forces of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. ISIS does not limit its attacks in Syria to government forces alone, but rather seeks to rid eastern Syria of the moderate rebel factions who also oppose Assad, as well as ethnic Kurds. Last Monday, ISIS expelled both more moderate rebels and other jihadi groups from Deir al-Zor city, the largest in eastern Syria. As ISIS tightens its grip over the oil-rich region bordering Iraq, Assad’s forces have responded by mounting several retaliatory airstrikes.

Direct confrontations between Assad’s army and ISIS have actually been quite rare. Earlier this month, government soldiers were allowed to mount a siege on the rebel stronghold of Aleppo and take control of the industrial area of the city, unopposed by ISIS. In contrast, Syria’s moderate U.S.-backed opposition has been increasingly plagued by lack of organization and a costly two-font war against ISIS in the east and Assad’s regime in the north. And the moderates have suffered just as much from infighting as from their soldiersdefecting to the better armed and better organized ranks of ISIS, which often provide higher pay and more protection.

Leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the main secular group fighting to retain control of Aleppo, have been pleading for months for more military aid from the West. But a serious lack of cohesion between even the various moderate factions fighting Assad suggests their recent losses may be tied to deeper problems that weapons shipments alone can’t fix. Now, the moderate opposition is nearing collapse. Damascus announced Monday that it is sure of victory due to its Russian backers. However, last week’s massacre suggests that the absence of hostilities between Assad’s army and ISIS won’t last for long.

Inside ISIS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria, the group is attempting to fulfill all the functions of a state. Meanwhile, they’re also trying to enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law and carrying out human rights abuses that threaten to alienate many accustomed to years of relatively secular rule. Considerable funding from wealthy Gulf states has allowed ISIS to repave roads, set up courts, and institute an export system for smuggled crude oil. While they enforce Islamic Shariah law in a patchwork fashion, highly dependent on the directives of local administrators, ISIS has enacted harsh persecutionagainst Christians and other religious minorities and stoned two women to death for adultery over the weekend in Syria, attracting international condemnation.

In its attempts to dominate Syria and Iraq, ISIS is bolstered by as many as 10,000 foreign fighters who have flocked to Syria and Iraq to take part in the war to establish an Islamic state. New fighting on Monday between ISIS and Assad’s forces near Damascus goes to show that the civil war could be entering a new, intensified stage of violence, and that the conflict is certainly nowhere near winding down.

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86 responses to “Bloodiest 48 hours of Syrian conflict… Over 700 killed”

  1. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Will the regime finally turn to fight the terrorists? Stay tuned to find out 😉

    1. Vic Daniel Avatar
      Vic Daniel

      And will the Lebanese Christians stop helping the terrorist with smuggling guns because they blame Syria for what happend in Lebanon’s civil war? stay tuned to find out -;)

      1. The real lebanese Avatar
        The real lebanese

        The Syrian regime is a terrorist regime in both Lebanon and now Syria itself.

        1. Vic Daniel Avatar
          Vic Daniel

          The Lebanese always blame their lack of unity on Syria. The Christians forget that it was the Syrian army who stopped PLO from taking over Lebanon. Syria has the right to be involved in Lebanon’s affairs when there is so much vacuum in place and Israel and others take this opportunity to plot against Syria from Lebanon. So , get your country in order and accept the fact Lebanon has changed and it is no longer the same populations as before.

          1. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Remember the Lebanese Arab army? Majority Palestinians funded by Syria. Syria and the PLO were allies. Anyways, here is a list of atrocities the Assad regime committed on Lebanese Christians during the civil war. Don’t get me started on the modern day era, Michel Samaha etc.

            At the beginning of January 1976
            In Damour and Jieh, two Christian towns south of Beirut, the Palestinians and Syrians went so far as to cut the fingers of Christian children to ensure that they never would be able to pull a gun’s trigger. In Damour, at least 300 inhabitants were killed and their churches profaned.

            May 31, 1976
            The Syrians invaded Lebanon and established their rule. The invaders pillaged the towns and villages they went through and humiliated the Lebanese population. The Syrians shelled all the regions under Muslim domination. There must have been over 500 victims, mostly civilians.

            March 16, 1977
            the Syrians murdered Mr. Kamal Joumblatt, they sent Druze to attack Christian villages. The result: At least 1000 people were massacred. The village of Deir Dourit was erased, with 273 dead.

            February 7, 1978
            hostilities started between the Lebanese Army and the Arab Force of Dissuasion, the FAD, with its Syrian majority and under the command of the Lebanese lieutenant Sami Khatib, as a result of the installation of a Syrian barrage near the Fayadieh Barracks, the seat of the Lebanese military commander of Mount Lebanon. The Syrian soldiers insisted on controlling all Lebanese military vehicles entering the Fayadieh Barracks. They shelled the residential quarters with Stalin Organs and opened fire on the barracks with MBT guns.
            Mention must be made that as of that period, Sami Khatib is one of the best Syrian agents in Lebanon. He is responsible for the incarceration of thousands of Lebanese and the disappearance of hundreds of others following their torture.

            June 27, 1978
            Elements from the “special Syrian forces” dragged out of their beds 30 young men from the villages of Kaa and Ras_Baalbeck and executed them without any form of trial. The man who headed and completed this job was none other than the Syrian officer Ali Dib.

            July 1, 1978
            The civilian population of East Beirut and its suburbs were shelled by Syrian artillery and started with the residential quarters of East Beirut. The private militia of Rifaat Assad, brother of the Syrian President, circled the free regions around Beirut. The shelling lasted five days and five nights. Heavy caliber shells were used, from heavy cannon to Kaytusha rockets and including all kinds of mortars (up to 240 mm), rockets and missiles. According to some obbservers, all sorts of weapon were used, except for aerial bombing. Sixty civilians were killed and over 300 injured.

            Beginning 1979
            The Syrians bombed East Beirut and the adjoining Christian regions. 82, 120 and 160 mm shells fell on the targeted sectors.

            August 1979
            The Syrians shell the villages of Niha, Deir Bella and Douma in North Lebanon.

            February 24, 1980
            Mr. Selim Laouzi, owner and director of the al Hawadess revue, was kidnapped by the Syrians on the road to the Beirut airport. The mutilated and decomposed body of the journalist was found in the Aramoun forest ten days after his abduction. He was shot twice in the head after having been tortured horribly: the ribs on his right side had been crushed by repeated blows with a bar and his right arm was lacerated to the bone, from his armpit to his elbow.

            July 23, 1980
            Riad Taha, president of the press, was killed at Chourane (Raouchþ) by the Syrians. His car had been sprayed with bullets. Taha was hit by seven bullets in his face, the back of his head and his breast. September 4, 1981, Louis Delamarre, the French Ambassador to Lebanon was murdered by the Syrians in West Beirut. France remained indifferent to this murder.

            March 1981
            The towns of Zahlþ in the Bekaa and East Beirut were shelled. In Lebanon, even the Red Cross was a target for the Syrians. Sister [Nun] Marie Sophie Zoghbi was one of the Red Cross ambulance drivers since the beginning of the war. She had forced her way through the front to the south of the town of Zahlþ on the Saadnayel road. Alone at the wheel of her ambulance, she’d gone to fetch the dying in Zahlþ. The Syrians shot the vehicle, killing her on the spot. The town’s hospital was eradicated by thousands of shells which fell on it during one night. Water, food, and medicines grew rarer and the corpses of some of the wounded who’d died under the shelters couldn’t be evacuated. In all, the fighting had left some two hundred dead and five hundred wounded in Beirut alone. The Palestinians, too, had participated actively in the Zahlþ shelling. The Palestinian military commander was Ahmad Ismail.

            February 1982
            In the Syrian city of Hama, an insurrection by the Moslem Brothers was suppressed with rare brutality in modern history. The Alawite army isolated the city, cutting off any contact with the outside, and opened a ground and aerial bombing. According to Amnesty International, the Syrian military had placed rubber pipes at the entrance of buildings where insurgents were said to be hiding and pumped in poison gas. It is claimed that there were some 30,000 dead in Hama. The Alawite army attacked the entire population, both Christians and Moslems.

            April 3, 1982
            The murder of Yacov Barsimentov, third secretary at the Israeli Embassy in Paris. The murder was claimed by the Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Fractions (FARL), a small terrorist group created and manipulated by the Syrians.

            April 22, 1982
            A booby trapped car exploded Rue Marbeuf in Paris. Two Syrian diplomats were expelled, and the French Ambassador recalled for consultation.

            May 24, 1982
            A Syrian attack against the French Embassy in Lebanon. At eight AM on a Monday morning, Anna Comidis, secretary at the commercial service of the French Embassy in Beirut entered the gate of the compound at the wheel of her Renault R12. The car exploded at that very moment. Anna Comidis’ body was shredded to pieces. Ten additional people were killed and over twenty were injured. The explosion, estimated as some fifty kilograms of inflammable fuel, was operated from a distance at the moment the car was entering the grounds of the embassy.

            September 14, 1982
            Syria murders the Lebanese elected president, Bechir Gemayel. The Syrians used Habib Chartouni as an assassin. The murder was perpetrated at the military HQ of the Phalangists in Achrafieh. Habib Chartouni had belonged to the pro-Syrian party the PSNS, since 1977, and was recruited by Assaad Hardane, head of the pro-Syrian party in Lebanon. Elie Hobeika, head of the Phalangist security had recruited Habib Chartouni. Hobeika acted in accordance with the Syrians. Ali Douba, chief of the Syrian intelligence services supplied Chartouni with the explosives. Chartouni received half a million Lebanese pounds (700,000 FF at the time). Twenty six people were killed in addition to Bechir Gemayel in that explosion. The Syrian consider Chartouni a hero, and they liberated him in October 1990 when they invaded the two Metn. Elias Hraoui, second post Taif president, announced ironically, following the liberation of Chartouni, that inquiry would be opened to find Gemayel’s murderers.

            December 1982
            The Syrians destroy the town of Tripoli in Northern Lebanon. The fighting between the Sunnites of Tripoli and the Syrians started at the beginning of December. The Baal Mohsen quarter was held by the Syrians and their allies while the Bab Tebbanne quarter was controlled by the anti-Syrian Lebanese militia. The Syrians formed a militia loyal to them, the Arab Democratic Party, whose general secretary was Nassib Khatib, though directed by the Alawite Ali Eid. The fighting lasted three years. Tripoli had become a second Beirut.

            September 1983
            Over 110 villages or Christian quarters in the Chouf were ethnically cleansed of their Christian inhabitants: Throats were slit, bodies hacked apart with axes, many were burned alive over fire red, iron bars. Syrian soldiers and members of the Druze community of Lebanon took part in these massacres. Likewise, on November 8, 1982, Israeli Druze officers allowed the Lebanese Druze to massacre the Christian population in certain villages such as Kfarnabrakh, at the foot of the cedars of Mount Barouk.
            Walid Joumblatt, the leader of the Lebanese Druze, gave the order to massacre the Chouf Christians.

            September 1983
            a commando of Khomeinist Iranians emerged from its Baalbeck hideout, arrived at Rayak in the Bekaa, and after praying at the mosque exploded a residential building inhabited by Christians, leaving behind dead and wounded. The Syrians present on the premises prevented the Lebanese Civil Defense from removing debris burying two screaming survivors.
            Assayed Ahmad Al Fihri, appointed by Khomeiny to head the Hezbollah in the Middle East, is responsible for this massacre at Rayak. The Iranian ambassador in Syria, Ali Akbar Montachami, and the military attachþ, Colonel Haromi Zadem, had been placed at Al Fihri’s service.

            October 23, 1983
            250 American soldiers and 70 French soldiers were killed at their HQs in West Beirut. Lebanese and Iranian Islamists supported by Syrian logistics headed the operation. According to certain military sources, both buildings had been packed full of dynamite, which explains the high number of casualties. France and the USA remained indifferent to these massacres. In the wake of this, the soldiers of both countries were repatriated because Beirut had turned into a dangerous city, even for the mightiest fighters of all times.

            the Syrians shelled and lay siege to the city of Tripoli in Northern Lebanon. The overt objective was to evict the PLO Palestinians. The Syrian army had mobilized militants from Tripoli to take part in that job. According to the evidence of former Lebanese militiamen who participated in the battle on Tripoli on the side of the Syrians, the latter shelled residential zones inhabited by Lebanese civilians and where no Palestinians ever dwelled. The Lebanese militiamen who refused to take part in the destruction of their city were systematically arrested, tortured, and then executed.

            February 1984
            Occupation of West Beirut by Amal, the pro-Syrian Shi’ite militia. On February 6, 1984, Amal supported by Syrian troupes, attacked the Lebanese army stationed in West Beirut. The fighting left at least one hundred dead and over 400 injured. Nabih Berri, Head of Amal, and Ghazi Kanaan, commander of the Syrian forces in Lebanon, are responsible for this slaughter.

            March 1985
            Exodus of tens of thousands of Christians from Iklim El_Kharroub and the eastern part of Saida. The Palestinians and Lebanese Druze laid siege to, pillaged and burned over twenty Christian villages. Walid Joumblatt, Yasser Arafat and Syrian officers, planned these massacres.

            January 1986
            Cancellation of the tri_partite agreement by a war between Amine Gemayel’s phalangists and Samir Geagea’s Lebanese Forces which opposed the agreement on the one hand, and Elie Hobeika’s partisans on the other hand. Hobeika found refuge among his Syrian friends.
            Following the failure of the tri-partite agreement, car bombs started to appear in Beirut and its eastern suburb:
            – On Tuesday, March 21, 1986, 11 hours 35, a car bomb exploded in Furn_El_Chebback (East Beirut), leaving 30 dead and at least 132 injured.
            – On May 20, 1986, the French Prime Minister Chirac announced that he was in favor of strengthening ties between France and Syria. He added that a solution for Lebanon could only be found together with Syria.
            – On May 21, 1986, a car bomb exploded in the Christian sector, leaving 7 dead and over 100 injured.
            – On July 29, 1986, a Mercedes exploded on the Wadih Nahim Street in Ein el Remmaneh, a Beirut suburb, with 31 dead and 128 injured.
            – On July 30, 1986, a booby trapped Mercedes exploded in Barbir, West Beirut. The result: 22 dead and 163 – injured. Syria and Elie Hobeika instigated these terrorist cases.

            September 17, 1986
            an explosion took place in the Rue de Rennes in Paris, in front of the doors of the Tati store. Three women and two men were killed, and over 52 were injured.
            The French Secret Services accused Colonel Ghazi Kanaan of acting as the terrorist chief. Colonel Kanaan manipulated the killers within a framework of operations determined jointly by Iran and Lybbia under the aegis of Damascus. The operation having concluded successfully, Colonel Kanaan was promoted to the rank of General.

            September 1986
            Colonel Christian Gouttiþre, French military attachþ in Lebanon was killed near the French embassy in Mar Takla, in the region of East Beirut. In Damascus, far more rapidly than was their custom, the Syrians hastened to condemn the murder of the French military attachþ.

            The provocation of the Druze-Shi’ite inter-faith war and the occupation of West Beirut. Since the beginning of 1987, the tension between Joumblatt and Berri was reaching its apex. For over a year, the two rival militias shared everything in West Beirut, thefts, racketeering and crimes. This tension culminated in the most violent fighting ever seen in West Beirut. These fights, well orchestrated by the Syrians, lasted for a long time, with neither of the two militias managing to gain the upper hand. The Syrians entered West Beirut in February 1987. The Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss and other political and Moslem religious leaders approved the Syrian decision, preferring an Arab army to the Lebanese Army. Hafez el Assad later got rid of the Sunnite Mufti Hassan Khaled on the day the Mufti requested the Syrians to leave Lebanon. The Syrian secret services placed 200 kgs of explosives under his car.

            On May 8, 1988
            An inter-Shi’ite war is provoked between Amal and Hezbollah. The fighting lasted three weeks, in the course of which the Amal militia, financed and manipulated by Damascus, collapsed before the rival militia. This war enabled the Syrians to deploy their forces in the southern Shi’ite suburb of Beirut, having done so a year before in the western suburb.

            March 1989
            The Syrians shell the eastern regions of Beirut. At the end of February 1989, the Lebanese Prime Minister, General Michel Aoun, decides to close all the illegal ports in Lebanon that allow for drug traffic. The Syrian response was rapid: A shelling of the regions controlled by the Lebanese army, with an average of 6000 shells per day. The Syrian forces used for this fight totaled about 20,000 men who were under the command of Generals Gazi Kanaan and Ali Hammoud.

            The Syrians killed the Spanish ambassador to Lebanon.
            In their wild shelling of the Lebanese population, the Syrian hit the residence of Mr. Pedro Manuel de Aristegui, Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon. A shell exploded and destroyed the building where the diplomat’s residence was located, killing the ambassador, his father-in-law, his sister-in-law, and the Lebanese writer Toufic Youssef Aouad. Despite the confirmation that the 240 mm shell had come from the Syrian lines, the official circles in Madrid refused to accuse the Syrians.

            November 22, 1989
            It was 13 hours 50 in Beirut, when the armored Mercedes of Renþ Moawad, accompanied by Syrian soldiers was blown into pieces. Two hundred kilos of TNT had exploded under his car. In addition to Moawad, 17 Syrian soldiers perished as well. It is to be noted that Renþ Moawad’s wife never submitted any complaint against the Syrians. Worse still, she continues to this day to collaborate with the Syrians, her husband’s murderers.

            October 13, 1990
            in Beirut, the Syrian Air Force begins to bomb the free regions. The bombing lasted until 14.00 hours, five hours after the surrender of the Lebanese Prime Minister.

            October 13, 1990
            The Syrians liquidated the Sayah family in the village of Bsous.
            Coletter Sayah, aged 18, awoke one morning to the noise of Syrian airplanes. The Sayah family hastened to take shelter in a ground floor room. Shortly before 8 AM, Colette heard the first bursts of an automatic and the rumble of tanks in the village streets. Outside, men were shouting: “Out! Out! You dogs, you!” One by one, the members of the Sayah family left their shelter. In the street, in the house, there were many tens of Syrian soldiers. They took away Colette, her mother and her aunts into an adjoining building under construction. They’d barely arrived there when they heard a series of shots.
            The Syrians had just killed all the men of the family. The father and a cousin with a bullet in their heads, one of the brothers was shot through his heart. Another brother was still breathing. Colette asked them to call an ambulance, but the Syrians preferred that the boy die. He will die in his sister’s arms. Emile and Joseph, the two uncles, were executed in a staircase. The corpses will lie in the middle of the road until evening, surrounded by a humming cloud of flies and bees.
            The Hraoui government announced that there had been no massacres.

            The massacre of Dahr al Wahch.
            The people of the village of Dahr al_Wahch saw Syrian soldiers push a column of Lebanese prisoners who were walking in their shorts towards some unknown destination. A nun, a nurse at the governmental hospital of Baabda, saw the arrival of corpses and of the Red Cross ambulances. “I counted between 75 and 80, she explained. Most of them had a bullet in the back of their heads or in their mouth. The corpses still carried the mark of cords around their wrists.” The rigidity of the corpses fixed their crossed arms behind their backs. They were naked, wearing only shorts. Some ten of them had their eyes gouged out, another ten had an arm or leg cut off. All had been shot in their heads. There can be no doubt about their execution.
            The Hraoui government announced that there had been no massacres.

            Torture “made in Syria”
            All the world organizations that struggle to defend the Rights of Man have published documents about torture in Syria. The following is a document published in Geneva in May 1984 by the “Swiss Association for the Defense of the Liberties of Political Prisoners in Syria.” This document, entitled “The Rights of Man in Syria” refers to the treatments reserved for political prisoners held by the Damascus secret services.

            The prisoner is stripped naked.

            His whole body is shaved.

            Cigarette butts are extinguished over the more sensitive places of his body

            They burn his scalp.

            They pull out his nails.

            They tie his genitals with a nylon thread that they secure to a nail on the wall after transfixing the prisoner to a ring fixed on the opposite wall. Then, one of the tormentors strikes the taut nylon thread repeatedly with a stick.

            They flog the soles of a prisoner’s feet with lashes of a whip, a cane, or a plastic pipe, a minimum of two hundred lashes a time.

            Then, stretch out the prisoner inside a container of cold water.

            They invert the prisoner into a car’s tireês rim and then strike him all over (the process: they insert a leg into the middle of the tire, followed by the head and the arms in such a manner that the prisoner is bent over and immobilized in the form of a U inside the tire’s circle).

            They hang the prisoner by his feet with his head down.

            They force the prisoner to remain standing during several days while preventing him from sitting down or falling asleep by ordering him to raise his arms fully stretched and very straight.

            They force the prisoner to stand for long periods of time on one foot, administering blows each time he lowers his raised foot.

            They force the prisoners to run while carrying heavy loads and sustaining blows until utterly exhausted or in a faint.

            Pour all of a sudden boiling water over the prisoners.

            They force the prisoner to sit on a stake.

            They force the prisoner to sit on the neck of a bottle.

            They subject the prisoner to electric shock by using an alternative electric current and tying the wires to the more sensitive parts of the body, especially to the genitals.

            They force pump water or air into the prisoner.

            They force sexual intercourse with the prisoner.

            They tear out chunks of the prisoner’s flesh from various parts of his body with the help of pliers.

            They rope the prisoner to a car and drive it full speed until death occurs or till the victims’ bodies are torn apart and then the victimês bodies are desecrated by gouging an eye or cutting an ear, the tongue, the fingers and in some cases the genitals, and by sticking them into the victim’s mouth.

            They force the prisoner to run around a large room surrounded by torturers who strike him with diverse instruments of torture.

            Force the prisoner to drink his own urine.

            They throw the prisoner into a basin of electrified water.

            They tie the prisoner’s genitals to prevent him from urinating after forcing him to drink diuretic liquids.

            Israel doesn’t want Lebanon, this is a lie spread by Assad and co. Assad and co. also support stealing church lands in Lassa for a Hezbollah “office”.

          2. Vic Daniel Avatar

            No. Syrian Army saved Christians and Phalengist militias in Lebanon from PLO. The SAA were greeted with flowers and rice by the Christians, But a while later the phalengist started working with Israel and Iraq to undermine Syria’s presence there. Syria turned against the Christian militias (Not Christians) because of that. Betrayal is what it was. Many Syrian soldiers died for you . I understand the politics of it all but have some respect to those who died for you.

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Seems some died by their own bombs …

          4. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            The Syrian army further armed the PLO in Lebanon, which attacked Christians.

            The SAA Founded and funded Islamic Jihad with the help of Iran. This group also targeted Christians and Lebanese Nationalists.

            The SAA themselves bombed Christian villages in the Mont Libnan region, as well as burned churches and assassinated Lebanese Christians in the Lebanese Army.

            Phalangists started working with Israel to undermine Syria’s presence in Lebanon? First off, Syria’s presence was not wanted in Lebanon, especially after they supported groups fighting the Lebanese army. The only groups who wanted them were the Palestinians and those enjoying the new weapons Syria was providing them, such as the Lebanese Arab army and Islamic Jihad. Secondly, Bachir was not the Israelis friend; he was against a peace treaty between the two countries. Man pro Syrians even speculate Israel killed him, not the Syrians.

            Why the f*** would I have respect for the Syrian soldiers who looted villages, beat up various Lebanese because they thought they could spit information out, took land to harbor their bulky trash tanks, torture men and women in public, kidnap even children who have never been seen again, and arm the groups who started and maintained the war to begin with? I’ll pay my respect to the ones who stood up and suffered for my country, not the ones who destroyed and scarred it.

          5. Vic Daniel Avatar
            Vic Daniel

            Any occupying army will eventually commit crimes; especially when they stay over long period of time. But, that does not mean my comments were wrong in the facts that is stopped the complete annihilation of the Christians.

          6. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            The Christians were nearly annihilated from Syria in the North! The Christians were the strongest until Frangieh left his post and the Syrians began their campaign for their own benefit in Lebanon.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            You could publish that every year, Real … for Vic-D and others who refuse to see.
            There is never ‘Confession’.

          8. Vic Daniel Avatar

            The Syrian Army was requested by Lebanon and the Arab league to go into Lebanon to restore peace as part of Arab Army. They did not invade Lebanon. listing dates don’t make your information a fact.

          9. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Not listing dates proves my point even further that you don’t recall/ know anything about the Lebanese Civil War. I hope you are aware the Lebanese government/army was anti-Syrian until 1990 when Syria began using its influence to put pro Syrian “politicians” (aka people who had no qualifications) in power.

          10. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Lebanon’s government did not request Syrian assistance. Lebanon was fighting the Palestinians, Syria was fighting with the Palestinians.

            Since you obviously don’t know much about the Civil War and you still think Assad is the savior of Christians, Im interested to hear what you think about Michel Samaha, the man who confessed to being hired by Assad to distribute bombs to blow up Lebanon’s Christian leaders in the north.

          11. Vic Daniel Avatar
            Vic Daniel

            PLO’s existence in Lebanon was against the Syrian interests as the Syrians did not want another war with Israel after 1972 costly war. You can not deny, if the Syrian Army did not come into Lebanon that PLO would have swallowed it all. Syria only turned against some of the Christian leader when it was exposed they were working against Syria with Israel and receiving weapons from Israel and Iraq to attack the Syrian Army. Iraq (Saddam) was against the Syrian Baath Party and Assad. So , if the Christian militants stayed neutral and did not work against Syria, they would not have been harmed. You expect any nation to stand by while others plan to harm them?. Have you seen a military do that?. I am not Pro Assad. I get sick and tired of hearing Lebanese blame Syria for the lack of unity and inevitable change in its culture and fabric from being a Christian nation to a more dominant Muslim nation. IT is not Syria’s fault that the birth rate of Christian is lower than others. So stop blaming Syria for the nature of Lebanon. You should have had stronger unified army and country instead of divided militias.

          12. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            The PLO was nearly nothing, Lebanon just didn’t want Israel having a reason to be in Lebanon. The PLO couldn’t have taken Lebanon.

            Syria turned against all the Christians with arms, including the Lebanese Army. The army wasn’t receiving arms from Israel or Iraq.

            Lebanese Christian retaliation against Syria came after the attack on Damour and Jieh by the Syrians after Frangieh’s term expired. That is also when Syria began arming Palestinian factions they were supposed to be helping the Lebanese army fight. Before this, there was no conflict between Syria and Lebanese Christians.

            Getting rid of militias is key. However, there is only one militia still armed in Lebanon and the Assad regime is the reason it still has its weapons!

          13. Vic Daniel Avatar
            Vic Daniel

            You are confusing Falangist militants with the Lebanese Army. The lebanese army colapsed at the start of the civil war in 1974 into factions with each fighting for its own population survival. Hence the title of civil war. The same problem exist today in the lebanese army today. All it needs another spark. I love lebanon and the lebanese people and what it stands for. But facts are facts. Stop blaming Syria for decades to come for something that was due to happen to Lebanon beacuse of the nature of lebanon. Lebanon’s lack of unity and transition from Chsritian run nation to more balance was bound to happen. so, try to fix it. Do not blame other for your lack of unity.

          14. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            The army still had a central unit that was majority Christian (Aoun was General). I am not confusing anything. Where are you from again?

          15. Vic Daniel Avatar
            Vic Daniel

            The Syrian Army went into Lebanon at the request of Arab league and Lebanon’s government. That is a fact!

          16. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            You’re right. The Lebanese government did request Syria’s assistance. But that is not what I meant. Frangieh didn’t ask the Syrian army to begin arming Palestinian militias and start bombing the Lebanese Army checkpoints. Syria did the exact opposite of what Lebanon requested for them to do. That is a fact!

          17. Vic Daniel Avatar
            Vic Daniel

            After the Syrians came to the rescue and provided a leveling fields for the christian militas , the Falangist conspired with Israel against Syria as if the Syrian army was a tool to be used to fight for them and then take orders to leave when the job was done. Syria was there to stablize the situation and not just fight for the Falangist and leave. Please stop saying lebanese Army. It disintergrated as early as 1975. You are talking about different militias. In real life and politics, if someone backstabs someone , it is natural for them to retaliate back. Syria is no angel and was looking to expercise influence just like any other country who are in fear of its borders being comprised.

          18. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            Not once did the Syrians help any Christian militia. Where are you from again?

          19. sweetvirgo Avatar

            “After the Syrians came to the rescue”….WHAT?!?!?! Who did they rescue?? It sure wasn’t Lebanon.. How long was Syria there to “rescue” Lebanon?? Even after how many years of fighting Syria stayed until they were forced to leave.

        2. Vic Daniel Avatar
          Vic Daniel

          Perhaps I did not need to respond to you. Now ISIS is kidnaping and killing Lebanese soldiers as they try to enforce the law.

          1. The real lebanese Avatar
            The real lebanese

            You mean Nusra? lmao doesn’t even know.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Gun-runners know no god but money; and there you go confusing terrorists with terrorists again. 😉

  2. Leborigine Avatar

    ‘controlled territory in Iraq and syria, the group is attempting to fulfill all the functions of a state’!!!

    A state does not function by persecuting Christians and other religious minorities! Neanderthals behave in such a way.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Oh, all those ‘foreign conscripts’ came BACK with such stars in their eyes … imagine being part of the Glory of a Caliphate … and what’s a few stoned-to-death women anyway, compared to such a glory? It’s a Great Crusade to be on. Get that oil.
      (or maybe the 72 virgins – the only time it seems females have any respect)

      1. TheEndGameIsNear Avatar

        Why would any female want to share her man with 72 women?

        Only in Islam..

        1. Leborigine Avatar

          Why would a man want 72 women in the first place?!! Its hard enough keeping up with one.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Total inexperience? 😉

      2. Leborigine Avatar

        Poor women, I wonder how they were sentenced and/or convicted of adultery? It would have been a fair sentence…………….not!

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          No good report on it … but I imagine one allowed a ‘strong silent jihadi male’ to see her ankle, and he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.
          The other one just happened to be with her.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar

      Will not function it’s ok but the Chistians are more and more homeless:)

  3. liveand letlive123 Avatar
    liveand letlive123

    They are trying to cleanse the Middle East form the Christians. Take notice the Christians of Lebanon to what’s happening to your brothers in Iraq.

    Bashar Al assad isn’t bad after all, you are witnessing in your very own eyes the events that are unfolding in the region.

    The world must unite together to protect the heritage and the history of the Middle East otherwise the Christians would be gone forever.

    1. sweetvirgo Avatar

      Not sure if you heard but they (IS) burned several churches and have been forcing christians to convert or be killed. They even have been raping women. God help the christians and every innocent person in the middle east. Nobody is protecting them. The west continues do replenish the “rebels” so they can fight Assad’s army. I know many people might disagree with me but I rather have Assad’s army defeat IS…just kill them all and stop them from spreading.

      1. liveand letlive123 Avatar
        liveand letlive123

        I know, I have seen what they are doing, it’s heart breaking, the Middle East would never be the same without the Christians and the lovely, holy places of worship.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        We heard … no-one wants to advertise it too much.

      3. MekensehParty Avatar

        Accepting the equation “better a bloody dictator than bloodier extremists” resulted in the poor state of the Christians of the East today.
        If from the get go the Christians stood strong and defended true Christian values instead of flirting with dictators and calling them reformists only to earn protection they would be doing just fine. They just loooooooove licking derrieres and now are paying for it.
        Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that I agree with burning churches, all I’m saying is that if Isis is burning churches today it’s because the Christians poured the oil on the churches yesterday.

        1. sweetvirgo Avatar

          How are Christians suppose to fight against Islamic extremists?? Shia’s are even having a tough time against them. In case you didn’t know they are killing other muslims as well. Not that many christians left because of the sick people who purscuit against them. I think your comment was way out of line. Once upon a time christians did rule Iraq they were called assyrians but the time came and their kingdom. Give it time these thugs will fall too.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well sweetie … a lot more blood will flow before that happy ending.
            I tend to agree with Mekenseh (exception – licking derrier part) but the problems are wrapped in the mysteries of the Religions, are they not?
            The teachings of Jesus were never the same as the others. Indeed, that ‘turn the other cheek’ line was risky even with the nicest bullies … and the ‘brother’s keeper’ thinking, along with the ‘good Samaritan’ story … really, how far can one pay-check be stretched?
            (the ‘which one to throw out of the boat’ debate comes to mind, of course).
            What I’m saying is, there are MAJOR CONCEPTUAL DIFFERENCES of what a human should act like – at least within it’s society, if not out.
            And this is a sort of plague for a Christian.
            One only needs to read the stories of some of the Missionaries into uncharted waters and lands to see how their ‘belief’ made them stick their necks out in showing how much they ‘believed’ in what they were trying to teach along those lines, and thus promptly died believing it … which acceptance of rarely changed what the students thought, actually, although some added parts of the concepts to the ones they had had before. (e.g. – Voodoo)
            We can extrapolate the same into the thoughts of ‘Democracy’, of course.
            My opinions.
            While heading the Land that began it all, Churchill noted it was something we could never stop working on … and for … and yet ‘Christian thought’ prevails in the lands of Democracy to such an extent that it becomes a battle often with itself, and it is a danger to itself in that ‘fairness’. The Christians allow it … at least until people with another ‘concept’ begin to run it into the ground.
            Ask the Dutch … for example. They had to quickly alter the ‘rules of the game’ just to survive. Apparently, some parts of England and France have not.
            And here, you question the survival of a relative few stragglers from another ‘age of man’. The real wonder is that there are any left at all to make the news.
            And next subject? Egypt. 😉
            Apparently many humans prefer ONE man telling them how to live a life.
            He needs to be Militaristic to effect that.
            (one man, one book, one rule …. saves them from having to think)

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (And a year passes…. )

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            They can fight against extremism when they stop fighting each other.
            Of course when they are in 40 pieces they stand no chance against the extremists or against anyone for that matter. Look at them all over the Middle East, small communities kissing the derriere of this or that local leader just to protect them and as soon as such protector is threatened they get attacked and annihilated too.
            As for the kingdoms falling I have no doubt that the new Caliph won’t last long. He’s indeed a tool to upper the pressure on Iran and when Iran will bow he’ll be gone the next day. PS: thug is a nice word for the like of him

          4. sweetvirgo Avatar

            No they can’t. Muslims breed too much versus christians. Let’s face it. They can have up to what 4 wives?? Produce what like 4 or 5 kids from each?? These extremists are too the extreme. Everyone is having a tough time to fight them. As for christians licking the ass”s of dictators you’re wrong. There is nothing wrong with wanting to live in peace. And of course you might come back with something insulting about christians and blah blah blah. Keep your insults to yourself and don’t attack another religion. There are enough problems in this world.

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            You’re being emotional and I understand, being Christian is what defines your identity in the region you live in and not your citizenship.
            I don’t mean to insult you personally and I’m sorry if I did. Just think of what I said, especially the part about flirting with dictators and please tell me in which ME country the Christians haven’t glued their destiny to that of a dictator.

          6. sweetvirgo Avatar

            I understand your point. I get it. Many christians love assad because they were free to practice their belief. Did it come for a price?? Yes it did. Many were sacrificed because of it. Not only in Syria but in Iraq too. But how do you expect them to fight?? Who will supply them with arms?? How can they stand when they are just a few compared to muslims??

          7. MekensehParty Avatar

            Just like any other minority by sticking together and forming a united and strong front. I’m not saying don’t make alliances, I’m saying don’t be hostages of alliances. Look at the Christians of Lebanon where they had everything, where they held the highest official positions, one sold himself to Israel and the other sold himself to Syria and a third to KSA and a forth to PLO… until they lost everything and today even the president, as much of an ornamental positions as it is after Taef, is named by the other sects.

          8. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The Ukrainians are having trouble getting rid of one flirty dictator.
            And Putin’s ‘boys’ shot down a couple of Ukraine Military Jets today.
            Maybe they got a picture of what a passenger plane looks like, however.

          9. MekensehParty Avatar

            When the dust will settle we’ll get the real story about Ukraine
            A story as old as European rivalries.
            A small preview though: Zee Germans are back…

          10. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And, they have Solar Power. 🙂

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I knew one who wore his first wife out with 10 kids, but he wanted more, so was looking at any young chick in hope … actually thought he could attract one with the line ‘I will buy you a nice dress’ … and also said ‘you can become Muslim, it’s ok’. :-))))
            Would that turn you on, Sweets? 😉

          12. sweetvirgo Avatar

            LOL…….absolutely not but I’m sure some women would be turned on by that.

    2. MekensehParty Avatar

      The Christians of the East are a bunch of retards as much as the other retards in the region.
      Let’s not forget that during the Lebanese civil war Christians behaved like Isis
      Maybe not beheading but there were plenty of muslim fighters kept in oil barrels in Carantina
      many summary executions of POW and massacres in multiple villages/camps. Not that the Muslims were any better…
      Just to say, we keep calling them the Christians of the east but they have nothing from Christianity but the name. Look at Lebanese Christian leaders, one of them who thinks he’s the most popular called himself the Patriarch not a long time ago so don’t be surprised when Baghdadi calls himself the Caliph.
      Anyway, it’s nowhere written that the Christians should have a presence in the East or not…

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        True enough … no ‘Sect’ has a patent on stupidity or inhumanity. No-one bought those ‘rights’ up, and they’re shared around the world for sure.
        (see ‘Politicians’ … chapter XVII, paragraph 2 … sub heading Lebanon)

      2. Hannibal Avatar

        “Anyway, it’s nowhere written that the Christians should have a presence in the East or not…”

        Hmmmmmmmmm… Christianity started in the Middle East… It is it’s cradle as we know. If not there than where? Europe? What does it matter? Christians can be non-political as well… When the right wing militias were fighting the Moslems MANY were fighting WITH the moslems. Something is haywire in your thesis… 😉

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          All concepts, Hannibal. North vs South .. that sort of thing. :-))))

        2. MekensehParty Avatar

          So you agree that the Jews deserve to have Israel?

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Christians gave it to them … hahahahahaha

          2. :)))))

      3. Leborigine Avatar

        “The Christians of the East are a bunch of retards as much as the other retards in the region.”

        I think i totally agree with you. I wanted to mention that yesterday, but something told me not to. As a Melkite born my self from the Ron Hubbard School of Thought :-P, I have every right to say what I like about them! As much as I despise the majority of them, especially the syrian ‘room katoooleek’, they are a passive people. They are extremely kind hearted and simple. They are sheep among hyenas. That is why they sought protection from dictators from the likes of assad and Saddam. Somehow i do not blame them, but at the same time they did not prepare themselves.
        As for the Lebanese Christians, thank God for the Maronites! The only Christians in the Middle East to carry arms and defend ourselves and Christianity in general, while the rest of the arab christians sat in their luxurious homes and watched.
        Carantina was paradise compared to what our Christian martyrs had to endure. When our Lebanese muslim brothers decided to assist Palestinians against their own countrymen, what did you expect us to do, sit there and lay our necks on the chopping block! These muslim fighters got what they deserved, they were worse than IS.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Have to say I enjoyed Hubbard’s Sci-Fi …. good writer … never saw him as a god, however. 😉

          1. Leborigine Avatar

            Nevertheless, he started one of the oldest religions in the ME 😛

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            LOL …..

    3. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Libraries work on it … Wikipedia too.
      Watch out for the people who want to make Libraries redundant. 😉

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “and demanded obedience from all other Islamic militant groups” …. hahahahahaha – fat freaking chance on that one.
    The Religiosity Oooozes with the oil.

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    It’s getting really hard to keep track of all the players without a programme.
    Don’t think of flying into Tripoli Libya anytime soon … a few players still going at it there.

  6. Fauzia45 Avatar

    These radical religious fanatics that are being funded and are attracting frustrated brainwashed foreigners are a danger to the region !!They have no right to impose their beliefs on others!They have no right to destroy places of worship that have existed for years !They use ruthless ,brutal means and ferocity against those who do not ^belong^ !!Because of ^leaders ^that have risen to power and have dominated for long and have not served the interests of their people ,the region has faced uprisings and war cries and chaos reigns!All kinds of fanatics took advantage of this chaos and are on the march ready to die for what they call ^their holy cause^!!It is indeed disastrous !!!

  7. It is interesting how Syria tries to outdo Gaza even in one day since this is the equivalent of one week in Gaza. However, you don’t have people crying over Syria like they do over Gaza because those crying for Hamas in Gaza are mostly supporters of Assad in Syria.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      That seems logical … in a macabre way. 😉

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