Moon of Alabama — Sept 14, 2018
Turkey and other supporters of the terrorists in Syria arranged for fresh Friday demonstrations by “civilians” in Idlib 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”.
Some tweets from yesterday make clear that these demonstrations are a highly choreographed propaganda exercise:
TØM CΛT @TomtheBasedCat – 17:34 utc- 13 Sep 2018
Supposedly, 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 2018
Interesting. 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.
في مظاهرات الغد يجب الحرص على ألا ترتفع راية سوى راية الثورة فالإعلام العالمي متواجد في الداخل السوري لينقل الفعاليات وسيسعى جاهدا لاقتناص أية مظاهر يمكن أن تصم إدلب بالإرهاب أو تصبغها بصبغة التطرف والغلو
من الحكمة غدا-خاصة على أصحاب تلك الرايات-ألا ترتفع أية راية إلا علم الثورة
— د.حذيفة عبدالله عزام (@AzzamHuthaifa) September 13, 2018
For once al-Qaeda does not want its flag to be seen. The demonstrations must only show “peaceful civilians”.
Sam Heller, now with Crisis Group, caught two voice recordings that were distributed via Telegram. It is not completely clear that these are legit, but they make sense: