The deceased Zahran Alloush at his funeral yesterday.
With news breaking yesterday that Zahran Alloush, the leader of Jaysh al-Islam, had been killed by Syrian airstrikes, the world reacted in a very peculiar way. Naturally, pro-government supporters rejoiced with the news that the leader of a 20,000 person strong terrorist group that were on the doorsteps of Damascus and consistently and indiscriminately shelled the city, had died.
The airstrike had not only killed Alloush, but another 5 members of Jaysh al-Islam’s leadership. It is yet to be revealed whether this intelligence was discovered by the Syrians or the Russians, but what it does present is the changing landscape in the war favoring the government.
With ISIS in retreat in eastern Aleppo, Al-Nusra and its allies in retreat in southern Aleppo and Latakia, this Jaysh al-Islam leadership decimation is the latest blow to the anti-government terrorist forces. Most importantly, this is another major blow to Saudi Arabia and Turkey who backed Alloush’s forces. With his death, it became unsurprising that Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, quickly released a media statement giving condolences to the dead terrorist leader.
This was soon quickly followed by Al-Nusra’s major ally, Ahrar ash-Sham, giving their condolences.
“Alloush’s martyrdom should be a turning point in the history of the revolution and rebel groups should realize they are facing a war of extermination and uprooting by Putin’s regime,” said Labib al Nahhas, a senior figure in the main Ahrar al-Sham group. However, this is understandable that fellow terrorist groups would give their condolences to a known sectarian terrorist with the same ideology, goals and extremism.
However, this is where things start to become strange and peculiar. The designated champions of the ‘revolution’ against the Syrian government, the Free Syrian Army, are always heralded as moderate, secular and pro-democracy. However, as Al-Masdar News has continued to expose at large, this ethos is nothing but a mythological hope to the West. Why did the Free Syrian Army offer condolences to the death of a terrorist leader who was friendly with internationally designated terrorist groups like Al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham?
We know Ahrar ash-Sham, Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army are allied and compose the northern Syrian axis known as the Army of Conquest. Despite this, the mythology of a secular and pro-democratic Free Syrian Army permeates.
However, in the West, the silence of the media exposing this has been deafening. In fact, the West have taken a more disturbing reaction to the death of the terrorist leader Alloush.
The Guardian took the headline: “Leader of powerful Syrian rebel group killed in airstrike”.
The New York Times took the headline: “Powerful Syrian Rebel Leader Reported Killed in Airstrike”.
Reuters took the headline: “Top Syrian rebel leader killed in air strike in Damascus suburb”.
And all the other usual suspects took on the narrative that a ‘rebel’ leader had died. However, the language evoked from these headlines give the unsuspecting reader the illusion that this was another (non-existent) pro-democracy and secular rebel leader. This could not be further from the truth. From his own mouth, Alloush called for the extermination and torture of Shi’ites and Alawites.
Which brings me to my next point; Kenneth Roth. It cannot be understood why Roth is alluding to and indirectly stating that Alloush was exterminated by Syrian forces to reduce other leadership potentials, to just the current Syrian government and ISIS. For those who do not know who Kenneth Roth is, he has been the executive director of Human Rights Watch since 1993.
This disturbing statement attempts to reduce Alloush’s barbarity, his fundamentalist ideology, and just like ISIS, the struggle to install a radical Islamist government in Syria. It is not understood why Roth has downplayed the magnitude of his terrorism. As executive director of the Human Rights Watch, he would have been well aware of the indiscriminate shelling he perpetrated on Damascene civilians from his East Ghouta stronghold and the kidnapping of innocent civilians. Yet again, the silence was deafening on his behalf to these crimes.
He also ignored the fact that Alloush stated that Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra were his brothers and fought side by side, and openly praised Osama Bin Laden.
Is Roth taking a simplistic view of the complex multifaceted Syrian War? It seems so. The way the world has reacted to the death of Alloush has only demonstrated the information war against the government in this conflict. When we have designated terrorist groups, ‘secular and pro-democratic’ rebel forces allied to these terrorist groups, Western mainstream media and Human Right’s Watch leaders all conforming to the same view about Alloush, serious questions must be raised. However, this is unlikely.
It remains to be seen with a new leadership in place whether Jaysh al-Islam will keep its affiliations with designated terrorist groups and continue its policy of indiscriminately shelling government held areas. Somehow I think with the groups collective radical Islamist ideology, this is very unlikely.
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Very good article, as usual. Every day the picture of who the bad guys are in this war becomes more and more clear. The propaganda of ALL the western press from NYT to Reuters and the so called NGO’s show a well colluded conspiracy against the Syrian people. Pure evil in its intent and totally disgusting.
Roth = SOROS, who gave HRW 100 MILLION USD to Human Rights Watch to help overthrow noncompliant govts across the world- like Syria, Ukraine, former Soviet states etc. Allowing pimps like these fake CIA orgs “Human Rights Watch”, posing as humanitarian NGOs, is obscene. Kick his ass to the curb and expose his wretched, dark, filthy deeds and zionist overlords whenever you can!!
Although I won’t be attending the funeral, I will be sending a note saying I approve of it.
Good article. Only two pieces of commentary to add:
1.) Digital scuttlebutt says that Alloush was the point man for arranging the poison gas attack on Ghouta in 2013 – the false-flag that was blamed on the Syrian govt.
2.) Rumor also has it that Israel traded their info on Alloush to the Russians in exchange for Russia’s intel on Samir Kuntar, the Hezbollah operative the Israelis killed in Damascus last week.
We live in interesting times…
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