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Syria: “Taliban” hoist up Al-Qaeda flag at military airport Meng

Yes, indeed. The German media celebrate Al-Qaeda in Syria.

Western media celebrates Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria.

Al-Qaeda fighters hoist up own black banner at Syrian airport and Western media celebrate Al-Qaeda – it is reminiscent of their cherishing of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda some years ago. Western media have hailed these jihadists as successful rebels with close ties to Al-Qaeda.

The German political magazine “Der Spiegel” wrote about a group of jihadists, which has crucial helped in the occupation of the Syrian military airport Meng, while the German editor has successfully concealed the information about the other death squads with deep links to Al-Qaeda.

However, there is YouTube and it is sometimes really helpful to discover the truth, although the famous video platform is also used as a platform for false information and propaganda in recent years.

For example, the article(s) by the German magazine “Der Spiegel” conceal the participation of foreign battalions in the occupation of the Syrian military airport. Many of them are, for example, from Chechnya.

Here, we want to present the group of jihadists, which has been celebrated by “Der Spiegel” in Germany, a bit more in detail. The German propaganda-magazine “Der Spiegel” still refers to such groups, which are also behind such massacres as the killing of over 120 Syrians in Khan al-Assal near Aleppo, as “rebels, insurgents, opposition, and a jihadist group”.

The uploaded video of the armed jihadists presents the same guys as from the video used by the German magazine “The Spiegel” to celebrate the occupation of this military airport in Syria, just presented in a smaller version. We want, at least, present what kind of terrorists the German magazine “Der Spiegel” buckles down and even backs their crimes.

Any promotion of such human resources, while information is wilfully kept hidden, is a support, isn’t it? The German editor behind the article(s) calls these people downplaying just jihadists.

Just as it (has been?) is the case with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which was suddenly called an organization of “moderate Islamists” by Western mass media some years ago in order to support the aims of foreign powers in Egypt.

Moderate Islamists, they are just jihadists, no threats come off these twee jihadists? What’s happening in Europe? Is the European media already believing that they can favour jihadists and people do not start to ask question? Probably even true…

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  1. Mikhas

    According to Syria Perspective sources, terrorists only holds the southern parts of the air-base
    and are under heavy bombardment with phosphorous…

    • Arabi Souri

      Mikhas, I second M. Klostermayr’s assessment about propaganda sites selling delusions, it’s totally similar to the FSA propaganda when their official spokesperson was speaking from Paris that Al-Qussayr was not liberated by the SAA and he claimed he’s near the city on the ground while the TV was showing live footage from the city with SAA soldiers all over, half an hour later he was hosted on another channel confirming he’s in Paris, France. It’s such people that cause all the losses in during times of wars, you don’t need to be a traitor to serve your enemy, it’s enough to be a fool, as what Imam Ghazali, an Islamic cleric once said.

  2. Arklight

    I’ve known quite a few muslims over the years, and all have been normal, responsible citizens; well respected and highly valued members of the community. They would view these thugs with contempt and disdain, as stupid and evil creatures who have no notion of Islam. Well, we Christians have had our share of wackos, too, but mostly one at a time – – with Islam they seem to come in bunches like grapes.

    If I had anything to say about SAA operations, I have howitzers dropping artillery onto the airport. The guerillas wouldn’t have spent so much in the way of maneuver elements if there were not a concrete plan to use the air base as soon as possible, probably to bring in people, weapons and equipment from Turkey. Syria can repair the runways and infrastructure once Aleppo and its countryside have been cleared. Id be on it most rikitik.

    • M. Klostermayr

      yes indeed… would do the same now if its the situation like this. Would be the probably best decision then.. at least, these events confirm again that the Syrian side is also using propaganda just like everybody else and that one has to put all information into question, does not matter where the information comes from. Sad but true.. thats the situation in a war, always has been and no side is without guilt.

        • Bill Carson

          back during the Libyan war, I was listening to a guy named Morris Herman who lives in London , report on it. He was using Libyan sources which were either located in country or in Britain ( I guess) and during the war, I often heard good reports about how the war was going good for the green resistance and i started suspecting some of these reports were false since they didn’t correlate with reports coming out of the msm etc. then one day, it was over. just like that. it kind of pissed me off that many of these people were just flat out lying about what was really going on. i would certainly hope that the same thing is not happening one more time. yes and i know because i have heard many syrians say well we are not like libya . well whatever on that one. but if they don’t get their act together i am afraid the same fate awaits them as Libya. this war now is in its 3rd year. just how long will it last? and just how long will the resolve of Syrian conscripts continue? when does a soldier get tired of fighting? how many available warm bodies do they have left now? is that pool of conscripts never ending? i say it is not.

  3. Bill Carson

    well heck. I read at Syrian Perspective that the airport has not fallen and it is a lie. I keep seeing reports to the contrary. Makes me wonder who is feeding information to who over at Syrian Perspective. I like his work but come on. If anything be truthful at all times , no matter if it hurts or not. That is just the way it is. One has to wonder how in the hell, did a bomb laden truck make it that far into the perimeter.

    • Arklight

      Hey, Bill

      Syria Free Press carried the story, too, saying that the SAA security force had been safely withdrawn before the guerillas took over. The SAA troops have held out there for a very long time, without relief or re-enforcement, and only one supply drop that I read about anywhere, and that was quite a while ago. Could be they ran out of beans and bullets, and got stretched too thin. The enemy spent an awfully large number of men over time, which means that the airfield was very important to them. In order to do the job they had to send in their version of the varsity. You’re right, though; seems like canards are increasing in frequency. That’s not good.

      • Bill Carson

        Syrian Perspective blows it off like it is no big deal and the airport is of no consequence. I say that is incorrect. Any airport is strategic and it is obvious they wanted this for a reason. Now they have it and perhaps low altitude supply planes or helicopters, perhaps avoiding radar detection, can come in and land , be unloaded and take off , flying low over the horizon with night vision etc. or maybe , nato troops can be brought in and landed there, who knows …… I think SAA opened up a real can of worms losing this airport and maybe I am just being too critical and certainly i am not there but it would appear, that too many times their leadership just , well to put it bluntly, just sucks. in my opinion they had more than ample time to square that situation away but they failed to do so. movements by SAA at times are slow and they adapt slowing to events on the ground as they are and as they unfold. If this keeps up and i think it will. this war will continue on and on with no clear winner. which may be the fall back position for whoever wants this war to continue. either the Assad government falls and chaos occurs or his government remains in place and this asymmetric war continues on grounding men into dust and cities into rubble and Syria is destroyed and either way, guess who wins ? Not Syria that is for sure.

        • M. Klostermayr

          thats true.. sadly.. syria has already lost in my opinion, doesnt matter what is the outcome, its never the syria I`ve hailed, honoured and loved in the last eight years since I`m traveling to that area. And in terms of Syrian Perspective.. I loved the first work (blog posts) a lot a year ago or when it was.. because the person hit the nail and also my feelings about damascus but then since the facebook page was started, it changed somehow. I was some months later talking with some syrian friends (i know personally) on facebook about the changing and why they spread false information when its clear its false for logical thinking persons and the friends answered me they know its not always true but “their style is funny” (on facebook) and so they stick following them and yeah.. I was like, ok. if that is it about.. ok. Honestly, I think I learned more about the cultural difference in the last two years then in the six years and all my longer stays in Syria before.

          • Bill Carson

            just wondering . does anyone know how they structure chain of command in the SAA? is it patterned after the old Soviet style where it is top down ? for example, take an american ship. just about every man on that ship from the captain on down , knows everything about that ship and can run it in an emergency. americans can and do delegate authority when needed. but the soviet structure was such that only the commander had the final word on a matter so nobody did anything unless he said to do it. they waited for orders etc. seems to me the SAA is like this. lower SAA commanders must wait for orders and cannot use their own initiative when dealing with problems. if this is the case then this is a hindrance to their jobs. i come to this conclusion based upon how Assad told all commanders they had the ok, to do whatever is necessary if they got bombed again by Israel. that tells me lower commanders do not have the authority to deal with issues when they come up but must wait for orders from the top. problematic situation to be sure, in the 21st century warfare.

        • Arklight

          Um. Well, from what I’ve seen (I’m not there either), their urban combat skills are pretty good. In order to limit civilian casualties the troopers’ jobs are a lot harder, of course, but they keep pressing forward, killing the enemy. They seem to have stopped trying to use armor (other than BMPs) in the close contact areas, but I agree that somewhere above platoon or company level, command isn’t up to the level it needs to be. They are, though, cleaning out the towns with transport nexus, which is good. Personally, I’d cut the roads first, but I don’t live there and don’t have an Uncle Habib living next door to a guerilla position. One thing that bothers me is that, at the airfield, there seem to have been enough SAA somewhere nearby that the extraction of the field’s defenders went off pretty smoothly, implying friendly forces in direct contact with the defenders, somewhere around the perimeter, but there was no attempt at reinforcement? I’m having trouble getting my head around that.

          According to military facilities maps there are airbases all over enemy held territory in Syria, so why is Minnegh so much more important? I agree that the plan is, probably, to use it for flights in from Turkey. Aleppo is a strategic ‘must’ for both sides. A while ago there was some noise about 200 Taliban being brought in, but anybody in black pajamas and a ski mask could have been them, so if the airbase was taken by a company sized unit, who were they, really? Whomever they were, it didn’t take them long to get the job done, even considering that the SAA guys were, probably, pretty nearly burnt out, low on food and ammo. I don’t know. Something weird going on here.

          You’re right about the winners – – the people who manufacture and sell the weapons get really fat, but everybody else is screwed.

          • M. Klostermayr

            indeed.. what I have still a problem with is my days in Aeppo in ehm end of april 2011 and I think beginning of october 2011, so when the violence was already started or triggered, which is probably more true. my problem in these days (and still) is the securing of Aleppo. The checkpoints, not even all around the city and all highways leading to the city, were not really worth to be called real checkpoints. Not like if german police or US border guards (to mexico probably) are setting up such checkpoints (I dunno, guess german or US army is doing it also different). The security guards, not much on the highway I mainly passed when getting back to aleppo (I stayed there and traveled a lot, sometimes for some days, sometimes just from the morning to the evening or night) did not check every car passing by. They checked some and mainly depending on the car sign/shield and whether they are probably from Idlib that was it. When they stopped busses (I normally traveled with the usual bus lines there, which worked great and were cheap and the people nice), they searched for specific names like “Rahman”, an old traditional muslim name and under consideration of the terrorist names in the two years, probably correct that they checked for such names which they had a list for while going through the passports of the passengers of the bus. But I guess and even know its not so hard to get a false passport in Syria (and even not so expensive to be honest) so.. if they just checked for Rahman, they probably missed some. And when they had lunch, they had lunch time.. you know.. the protection of Aleppo has been a pain in these days and I just hoped, when I got back to my home country, that it changed. But after the last year, I guess, it did not really changed much. In addition, I often passed by at the province of Idlib or went through Idlib two times and saw several tent camps, tanks and such stuff.. soldiers cleaning the house of a syrian family on the land road because they had nothing else to do, they are nice like that, you know. And mainyl.. young soldiers in these days, you rarly saw guys over 30/35, just the commanders/generals were older. There were some scary events while I`ve been there, indeed, but when I remember these days, it was nothing compared through what many syrians are going through since then. In addition, at one moment while traveling in a bus, the army stopped us on the road because about half an hour ago, some cars were attacked on the position of the road by terrorists (was about 24 km away from Hama) and I llooked at the faces of the syrian passengers to see if they might be scared about the army stopping us, if they show signs of fear because of the army and such things – but they didnt, it was the complete difference. They were relaxed when they saw the army and no more so relaxed when driving some tracks the bus lines normaly do not drive but had to because the other lines were damaged or blocked.. then they were scared, of course. However, when the army was around, they were relaxed. And this was probably, beside the death threats by the so-called opposition Ive received and other things, one of the main reasons why I still believe this government and president as well as the army is still better than the other side and the people, although its no more the really really large majority, but still an important part, support the army and not the violent thugs and islamists and so on..there would be much to tell lol and my english lacks a lot :) i am sorry.

  4. hrc

    @Bill Carson

    The Syrian airforce had to fight to defend that base for over a year , and it is unrealistic to think they haven’t had a plan B in case the base is over-ran or they had to leave for being too risky..which this latest is what happened. Syrian Airforce could easily over fly the base and destroy the runways of the airport and make the base totally useless if they think pose a risk of being used the airport. also Syrian air defense can pretty much target any low altitude airplane withing 30km distance. So if terrorist capture the base is not going to be used as airport for sure ,for as long Syria have total control of its airspace. In my opinion the gains for the rebels will have been the same if the base was just a farm or and empty factory. What is not told here.. is the Role of Turkey of the capture of this base. that is very close to it. It should be not coincidence that the places where Rebels had more gains are precisely the zones closer to Turkey.. since the Terrorrist are receiving not only a zone to freely operate in Turkey border but also military cover. Since the Rebel terrorist fire heavy artillery from Turkey to cover the Rebel fighting in Syria. Sooner or Later , if things do not change , Syria will have to declare war to Turkey because they host the terrorist operations and major transit and supply zone there.

    • M. Klostermayr

      @Bill Carson
      I guess its more Soviet style.. also under consideration of the “general” Syrian structures of the society and jobs.. at least, my assumption, has not to be correct,


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