Three Reports Telling Two Remarkably Different Stories

Syrian insurgent commander killed by his own men in Dara’a

Press TV – September 30, 2012

A commander of foreign-sponsored Syrian insurgents has been killed by members of his own armed group, who turned against him in the southwestern city of Dara’a.

Rabea Swaidan was fatally shot in the city, located about 114 kilometers (70 miles) south of Damascus, on Saturday by his own gunmen after they got into a bitter dispute with him over the distribution of stolen property and the money they received from abroad to fund their insurgency and other illegal activities, the SANA news agency reported.

It is said that Swaidan personally supervised the looting of houses and cars, armed robberies, abductions, and the extortion of local residents in Dara’a.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of arming the opposition.



Syrian Rebels Defect To Government Forces

Intifada Palestine – Sept 29, 2012

Former Syrian rebel fighters at a press conference organised by opposition groups tolerated by Assads regime. Click to enlarge

A group of Syrian rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) defected and joined pro-government forces on Wednesday. The troops’ commander announced that “the road is open,” and called on to other rebels to abandon their uprising. Eleven rebel troops – three officers, two warrant officers and six civilians – defected from the FSA and now support President Bashar al-Assad, AFP reported.

“We have decided to return to the army and cooperate with the Ministry of National Reconciliation,” Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled Abdel Rahman al-Zamel said during a conference of non-combatant Syrian opposition groups.

“We are all Syrians, we reject a revolution that starts with the shedding of blood,” al-Zamel said, eliciting applause from the audience.

“The solution can’t be achieved through holding weapons, blasts, sabotage or killing the innocent, but repenting from the wrongdoing and through political means,” Xinhua quoted al-Zamel as saying. He previously served as a captain in the Syrian Army, before joining the FSA months ago. He was reportedly the head of the FSA’s leadership in southern Syria, and acted as the deputy chief of the rebels’ military council.

The appearance of al-Zamel and his men came as a surprise to the Damascus conference, organized by some 30 Syrian opposition groups with the aim of opening peaceful dialogue with the Syrian government to resolve the ongoing crisis in the country. The gathering was attended by ambassadors from Russia and Iran, and China’s temporary charge d’affaires for Syria – three nations who consistently supported the Assad regime over the past 18-month uprising.

Al-Zamel’s statement sparked debate among anti-regime activists – some argued that al-Zamel was forced to make his statement; others claimed that they had no idea who he was.

Yaser al-Abed, another FSA officer who attended the conference, formerly commanded a rebel group in Aleppo province. During the conference, al-Abed called on other insurgents to disarm and surrender: “Work your minds and know that holding weapons is nothing but a violation to the minds and freedom alike.”

“Syria is our home and honor, but they wanted to burn it. The most targeted things are our religion, nation and land,” al-Abed said. “I have known all that, and that is why I have decided to lay down my weapon to be a loving person who seeks the good and the humanity.”

The conference of opposition groups in the Syrian capital of Damascus called on both the Syrian authorities and the rebels to “immediately” end violence in the country though an international peace plan.

On Wednesday, twin car bombings by rebels targeting military command headquarters in Damascus, and a separate rebel attack killed four Syrian security officers and injured another 14.

That same day, rebel snipers killed a journalist with Iran’s Press TV, Syrian national Maya Nasser, as he reported on live TV about the bombings at the army headquarters.

Russia and the US continued to clash in the UN Security Council over the ongoing Syrian crisis: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned Western nations for their stance on Syria. “The states that encourage the opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up on the ceasefire and dialogue and to demand that the regime capitulate, bear responsibility for the continuing bloodshed,” he said. “Such an approach is unrealistic and encourages terrorism, which is used by the opposition.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of “murdering of his own people,” and argued that the UN is paralyzed by Russia and China’s vetoing of Western-backed resolutions on Syria.


Comment – Sept 30, 30, 2012

The two reports above present a very different impression of events unfolding in Syria than that presented by Western media outlets.
No mention of rebel fighters turning on their own commanders in the BBC report quoted below. Nor is there any suggestion of rebel fighters defecting to join with the Assad regime.
Also missing in the BBC report is any hint that many of the opposition fighters are not even Syrian but foreigners backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey.
Also missing in this BBC report is any recognition or acknowledgment of what is a clear indication of looting and criminal intent. “The smashed up duty free store” and “an abandoned stretch limousine” being the obvious result of such activity.
The BBC however, simply mentions these without comment. 
Instead, the BBC informs us that “Order is now returning” in areas seized from the Assad regime.
While opposition commanders are not foreign backed insurgents or criminals but men of culture and consideration.
Seriously, this is what the British Bulls!x! Corporation would have you believe and to add insult to injury the corporation makes a licence fee for this compulsory.

Syrian rebel commander finds solace in poetry

Sarah Birke – BBC News Sept 27, 2012

As the UN General Assembly debates Syria the conflict rages on but at an opposition-controlled border post between Turkey and Syria, one rebel commander would rather write poetry than fight.

I am sitting in a room at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Turkey and northern Syria, listening to poetry.

When I passed through here two years ago, skinny border guards from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad were staffing the post. Today it is held by a group of opposition fighters.

They are led by Abu Azzam, a tanned, portly 30-year-old commander whose men obey his orders immediately.

Signs of the battle to capture the post from the army are everywhere. Next to the smashed up duty free store, captured government tanks stand idle and there is even an abandoned stretch limousine.

Order is now returning. Fighters, dressed in matching green T-shirts with the group’s logo, divide up tasks. Some stand outside directing Syrians crossing to Turkey – others sit in the office sipping hot, sweet tea and attending to Abu Azzam.

It is he who is reciting poetry.

At first glance, the commander does not look like a man of letters. But his mellifluous voice and soft demeanour hint at a more sensitive side.

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