DISPATCHES FROM MOON OF ALABAMA, BY “B”
Turkey and other supporters of the terrorists in Syria arranged for fresh Friday demonstrations by “civilians” in Idleb governorate. These are supposed to show the ‘western’ public that the population of the al-Qaeda controlled province is still in favor of the anti-Assad “revolution”.
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) September 14, 2018
Some tweets from yesterday make clear that these demonstrations are a highly choreographed propaganda exercise:
TØM CΛT @TomtheBasedCat – 17:34 utc- 13 Sep 2018Supposedly, an array of European press agencies with security will enter Idlib city tomorrow to cover some demonstrations there.
Idelb is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), an internationally banned al-Qaeda organization. Turkey, which has friendly relations with al-Qaeda in Syria, will have arranged for the security of the foreign media.
Some prominent people also spoke about the event:
Harald Doornbos @HaraldDoornbos – 19:08 utc – 13 Sep 2018Interesting. Son of Al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam, Huthaifa Azzam, calls on opposition in Idlib not to raise black/jihadi flags during tomorrow’s protest but only revolution flags because there are international journalists on the ground reporting on the protests.
Below are translations of two voice recordings purported to be of Tahrir al-Sham emir “Abu Akramah al-Urduni,” via anti-Jabhat al-Nusrah/Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group “JAN Violations.” The voice messages are notable for their apparently acute sensitivity to the optics of Idlib’s protests and those protests’ portrayal in foreign media ..
The first message is an advise similar to the one given by the son of al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam: Do not let any HTS/al-Qaeda flags appear in the choreographed demonstrations. It seems that HTS fears that these could be used against it:
“Brothers, a very important issue: We don’t want it to be come out in the Western media that the people opposes us, and that the people brought down our banner and stomped on it. Pay attention: If the banner is raised, there will be people placed just to pull away the banner and stomp on it. And it will appear in the Western media that they stomped on the Hayah’s banner. This is a big issue, brothers. It means that the battle will be against us, in the future. They’ll say that the people is ready now to announce the battle in these protests. Because these protests are what, the people, the public. If the people and the public pull away our banner in front of the media and stomp on it, that means the battle is ready against us now.”
The second message is an order to accompany the demonstrations and to take care that everyone behaves:
“Peace and God’s blessings be upon you, something very important to say: Coordinate with those responsible for these protests and say to them, ‘We’re with you, your brothers, and whatever you need, we’ll walk with you. And for your protection.’ Talking is free, brothers. Why not speak to them kindly. They’ll say, ‘God reward you, we don’t need anything.’ Tell them, ‘Okay, we’ll walk with you. We’re Muslims, too, and we demand the toppling of the regime.’”
The demonstrations, arranged for the media, took place as ordered.
Now the regime change propagandists are out to promote the first videos from these staged events:
Thomas van Linge @ThomasVLinge – 12:41 utc – 14 Sep 2018. Once again protests against the #Assad regime have erupted all over rebel-held #Idlib and northern #Aleppo.
Syrians in the town of #Kafranbel sing “we want freedom!”
The demonstrations are similar to those staged in 2011-2013. Green-white-black French-colonial Syria flags and a few Turkish ones get waved -all new it seems- and a few dozens men and young boys, no women or girls in sight, chant some slogans. No black and white HTS/al-Qaeda flags visible and no weapons are in sight. The video shots are tightly controlled and concentrate on the civilian clothed men and children. Where a wider frame is shown one can see fighters in camouflage at the edge of the crowds.
The intended message of these stunts:
Idleb governorate is completely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (vid). HTS, foreign Jihadis, as well as ‘moderate’ Islamists affiliated with Turkey. These are terrorist who prevent civilians from leaving and oppress the population:
In the northern Syrian town of Harem, militants last week erected a gallows in a public square, saying it was for “frogs,” or traitors.
[O]pposition fighters linked to al-Qaeda are seeking to head off the kind of negotiated surrender that has sealed the fate of other opposition areas.The gallows, which the militants publicized on their official news website, was “set up to intimidate the traitors that worked on reconciliation agreements to the regime, so that they know that in the end their fate is death,” said an activist in the town, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation. “The purpose of its construction is to strike fear.”
Al-Qaeda has not vanished from Idleb. It still terrorizes the population. What would have been the punishment for not following the orders for these demonstrations. The gallows? A customary beheading? Or just some whipping of the soles of one’s feet?
These videos of demonstrations are propaganda clips directed by Turkish president Erdogan, in co-production with al-Qaeda, to delay the liberation of Idleb.
No one should fall for them.
Posted by b on September 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM | Permalink
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