Talk:Sectarianism in the Syrian Conflict
There is now a discussion page. Much on the front page at the moment would better fit here, getting only short mentions on a detailed front page. Maybe I'll move it all, I don't know. Anyone else with something to add and not inclined to work it in up front, can drop it here. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:00, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Hama Beheading Video
The scene is said to be somewhere in Hama province. A casual image search suggests it's in a wide field on a high plain, near a tree-lined highway, somewhere under Daesh (ISIS) control. With a good map of what they hold, in this smaller than usual province, focusing on the al-Ghab plain panhandle nearest Turkey, might be able to do it, and even beat Bellingcat to a precise geolocation (that's the only kind, really). Different images, of the right event, actual video if available helps a lot with seeing what's to the left and right in that photo. A sunlight-based basic directions assessment, which way is the road/treeline, running which way, etc. I'm too busy to do all that or even start, but if a team effort emerged, it might be worthwhile. (THere's also talk of a severed head displayed in a city, maybe one of these, and the nearest city - if available and placeable, useful as confirmation, but not in itself useful to set the scene of this crime.) (and the front page section and this could move to its own page if there's anything further to justify that) --Caustic Logic (talk) 03:27, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
- FWIW, a side-note on this is the possible link to one victim's severed head identified, being held by a Deashbag. At the same time, likely coincidence but possibly related, a famous Daeshbag is mentioned as seen holding a severed head recently. Bloody Elbow (fighting site?) reports it's former mixed-martial arts fighter (low-level) and pro-rapper (mid-level, toured with DMX), a black-ish German guy Denis Cuspert, aka Deso Dogg aka Abu Talha al-Almani. Life in the brutal exploited end of things, an unexplained near-death experience and conversion to Islam, and that's the kind of chap circumstances direct into these newly scripted roles on the world stage. Image search didn't give an immediate obvious answer to what head he was holding, where and when, but ... we must all be impressed with this guy's life-long obsession with that amazingly serious squint. He is seriously focused on that squint, man it could kill. If it found some criminal gang to help... He must really think a lot, he's on a mission, fighting for... y'know... And also, he needs to be seen - widely seen - as the celebrity warrior fierce guy he is. Fuck. There's a lot of that in this world. And it's one of the beast's food sources. --Caustic Logic (talk) 04:08, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Al-Qaeda on Facebook
I have long wondered about the Jihadist networks on Facebook. If you use bin Laden's face on Facebook and have hundreds of friends with similar profiles, you would at least en up on the US no-fly list. Yet people do seem to be ashamed of showing their al-Qaeda sympathies on Facebook. Some of the Islamist profiles are pseudonymous, but what's the point in social networking if no one knows who you are.
Today I came across this; Rise Up Ya Ahlul Sunnah – an English language fan page for Jabhat Al-Nusra. The level of propaganda is horrifying, especially considering that the Western media seems to take their "facts" from these pages. The theme of the day seems to be killing shia. This post glorifying the Aleppo prisoner massacres has received 37 likes. In total the page has over 7000 followers.
Here is a related "kill all the Shia" page; Al-Farooq Media. The real point of the page seems to be to recruit European and other English speaking Muslims for jihad in Syria.
- Syria: Jihad and the Battle for Qusayr, trnaslates a statement of the Muslim Scholars Association. Snips:
- Praise be to God, al-Aziz, who says: 'Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought because they have been wronged, and verily is God able to grant them victory. Those who have been forced out from their abodes without right, except that they say- 'Our Lord is God'...
- At the time in which the Rafidites and Nusayris are competing from all sides for the towns and villages of Syria, as their discourse has indeed united, their lords are encouraging them, and they kindle the flame of killing so that their populations are stirred up against the innocent, without any consideration of respect for the elderly, or even the woman who seeks aid or the child who screams in fright.
- Beware of God and fear the consequence, for the Sunnah has entailed the failure of God Almighty: Whoever forsakes his brother, so the recompense depends on the type of deed. Just as you condemn, you are condemned. Days are like countries.[iii]
- Cited all along: mystic bits of ancient poetry. Scholarly! --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:31, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
- Syria, like Iraq and Lebanon, is on path toward sectarian split – McClatchy, June 5, 2013
- Discusses kidnapping of Alawites.
- Syrian dust – Francesca Borri, June 4, 2013
- AP Interview: Sabra: Syria war becoming sectarian – Jan M. Olsen, AP, June 7, 2013
- Syria’s Fake Sectarian War – Shamus Cooke, June 7, 2013
- That is really good stuff. It just keeps on going, too. Plenty of it, read about 40% so far. --Caustic Logic (talk) 10:13, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
- Islamist militants in control of important Christian villages – syria news on Facebook, Sept 4, 2013
- Islamist militants belonging to the Syrian opposition control on "Maloula" one of the most important Christian villages in the countryside of Damascus