ceasefire off, Foua and Kafarya again being pounded by saudi/nato terrorists


Mariam Mohammad (a Beirut-based justice activist with contacts in the villages) updated:

[Saturday 29 august 2015]

“It was officially announced that the second truce and round of negotiations collapsed today.

The Armed factions resumed heavy shelling against the villages since the early hours of the morning. Hundreds of grad rockets, mortars, and hell cannons, targeted the neighbor hoods killing 5 civilians and wounding more than 22.

A “Hawn” Mortar exploded near the kitchen in M’s family house where his nephew was standing. Gratefully & Alhamdullilah his nephew survived and wasn’t even wounded.

The percentage of destruction in the houses of the two villages surpassed 60%.. We are on the verge of a humanitarian Crisis there.”


Al Mayadeen reported (in Arabic, google-translated) on the bombed of Foua and Kafarya, as well as other terrorist acts throughout Syria:

Armed groups bombed the towns of al-Foua and Kefarya in the countryside of Idlib …violating the truce signed between the armed groups on the one hand, and the Syrian army and the resistance of the Lebanese end of the second hand in the Zabadani area in the countryside of Damascus.

In Homs, central Syria, a number of people were killed and others wounded by a car bomb explosion targeted a transport area at the sixtieth Street.

Ten people were killed in the northern countryside of Aleppo after a Daesh (ISIS) car bomb at the entrance to the city of Mare.


Eyad, a friend and a resident of Foua, studying in Latakia, wrote to me (translated by Damascus based, MEC journalist, Iyad Khuder):

“Today, the threat is directly from the Nusra’s head in Idleb; he’s threatening to massacre the people of Kafarya and Foua in retaliation for the ‘failure of negotiations.’ He said, ‘People of Kafarya and Foua will pay the price!’ [video]

According to Eyad, Syrian Army jets hadn’t bombed the terrorists surrounding Foua and Kafarya because “the terrorists have sophisticated MANPADs… (thanks to Uncle Sam!)” He also noted:

“Many people are having difficulty breathing due to the intense bombardment and gases emitted from the bombs. The situation is too difficult. People are dying, children are terrified.”

The psychological terror reaches those even outside of Foua and Kafarya, who worry about their families and loved ones, and have difficulty communicating with them or getting updates on their well-being.

“Till now, I haven’t managed to contact my family. Telecommunications are too weak; I cannot contact them when I’m worried about them.”

I asked if the video he sent me a link to showed a Syrian or otherwise.

He’s no Syrian, he’s Saudi.”

No surprise there. A Saudi takfiri fulfilling the nato/gulf/zionist-crafted war agenda of murdering Syrians.

On Aug. 20, Eyad had written to me:

“Yesterday a girl called Zilal committed suicide, because she knows nothing about her husband and 12-year-old child who were kidnapped by al-Nusra Front 3 months ago. She couldn’t afford living like this.” [see MEC’s “Tales of Abduction” on such kidnappings]


Two earlier articles on the terrorists’ siege and bombardment of Kafarya and Foua:

– Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO’s Terrorists, Part 1

Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya, Part 2


Sukant Chandan: “Our peoples drowned dead bodies is not material for faux liberal/leftie humanitarianism! “

**none of these are my own writings and rantings; but I endorse them 100% plus.

For those on Facebook, click here for a powerful video-tribute by Sukant Chandan.

*Sukant Chandan: “Sometimes one doesn’t know how to manage the pain and fury: the only thing is to advocate for and stay loyal to our people and their intergenerational liberation struggles.”

note on credibility and lack of impartiality of those making anti-Syria allegations

So today, coming across yet another tool of the Imperialist/Zionist war on Syria who is sharing propaganda photos and posts which purport the depicted people to be victims of the Syrian Army, we dug a little deeper.

Who was the photographer? Are these photos *actually* from Syria or elsewhere? *If* in Syria, when were the photos taken, where, what context…?

This would be a gargantuan investigation, if one is to look at every MSM allegation against Syria and follow the photo trail. It needs to be done, but will certainly take much time, as there is SO much mis-information and outright LIES out there on Syria (for example, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch tweeting a video of zionist-bombed and flattened al-Shujayee, Gaza, summer 2014, and claiming it to be Aleppo under “Assad’s barrel bombs”… that is just one of Roth’s many deceitful tweets. Due to outcry, he had to retract his tweet, but that hasn’t stopped his further lies.).

However, let’s take the case of Khaled Khatib, a photographer in Aleppo whose photos many MSM publications have used.

His photos put hearts on sleeves of easily-duped, perhaps well-intended viewers… But where is he photographing from, and with whom?

Khatib, a member of the Imperialist-founded “White Helmets” is embedded in terrorist territory in Aleppo.

latest NATO-backed terrorists’ mortar and rocket attacks on Damascus, Aleppo, Foua, Kafarya…


From “A Mortar’s Diary” FB page, burning car after two mortars on Baghdad Street, Damascus today.

Today, Damascus and Aleppo were pounded by NATO-backed terrorists’ rockets, according to various reports, including Syrians IN Damascus, like those who maintain the Facebook page “A Mortar’s Diary”, as well as Syrian news site SANA (which noted rocket attacks in Aleppo today as well):

“Two civilians were killed and two were injured on Monday in a terrorist rocket attack which targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood in Aleppo city.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that terrorists located in Bani Zeid neighborhood targeted al-Khalediya neighborhood with rocket shells, killing two civilians, injuring two more, and causing material damage to houses and properties.

A source at the University Hospital said that two people were admitted to the hospital’s ER with wounds of medium severity and received treatment.

On Sunday, nine civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Mogambo neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, 13 civilians were injured on Monday in a series of terrorist mortar attacks on neighborhoods in Damascus.

A source at the Police Command told SANA’s correspondent that one mortar shell landed near Sheikh Raslan Mosque in Bab Touma neighborhood, injuring 10 civilians who were rushed to the French Hospital.

The source added that three more shells landed in Baghdad Street, injuring three civilians, and another shell struck Sheikh Mehiddin Mosque in Rukn Eddin area, causing significant material damage to the mosque, while two more shells fell in Shamdin square and al-Jibbeh, causing material damage.

Seven more shells landed in Harasta suburb, causing material damage to cars and shop but no casualties.

Terrorists fired scores of mortar and rocket shells on Damascus and its countryside on Sunday, killing two civilians and injuring 38.”

*and Al Masdar news‘ update:
“…Jaysh Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and Faylaq Al-Rahman (Al-Rahman Corps) fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells into the nation’s capital of Damascus on Sunday, killing a dozen civilians and injuring over 60 others.


Eric Draitser: ” The Douma Market Attack: a Fabricated Pretext for Intervention?”

Aug 21, 2015, Counter Punch

-by Eric Draitser

The August 16, 2015 attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma, just outside the capital Damascus, has caused international outrage.

Condemnations of the Syrian government have poured in from seemingly all corners of the globe as President Assad and the Syrian military have been declared responsible for the attack, convicted in the court of media opinion. Interestingly, such declarations have come well before any investigation has been conducted, and without any tangible evidence other than the assertions of the rebel spokespersons and anti-government sources. Indeed, there has been an embarrassing dearth of investigative questions asked as corporate media, who have been far from objective these last four and half years, have rushed to fit the facts to their long-standing narrative of “Assad the Butcher.”

This author fully understands that, in asking difficult questions, he will be called an “apologist,” an “Assad propagandist,” or some other such nonsense. Frankly, such name-calling means very little when compared to the suffering of Syrian people, and the untold brutality that will be visited upon them if the western corporate media and warmongers get their way and yet another imperialist so-called intervention is carried out in the name of “humanitarianism.” The goal is to ask the right questions, to cast doubt on the already solidifying propaganda narrative that will undoubtedly be used to justify still more war.

Those who work for peace must be prepared to interrogate the received truths of the media machine, to confront head on that which is uncomfortable, and to do so knowing that their motives are just. The victims of this war, both past and future, deserve nothing less.

Questioning the Douma Narrative

When carefully scrutinizing the documentary evidence of the attack, and comparing that to the claims made throughout western media, some troubling irregularities emerge. Not only do the claims seem to be exaggerated, but when placed within the historical context of this war, they seem to fit into a clear pattern of distortion and misinformation disseminated for political purposes, rather than objective reportage. Indeed, the raw footage taken on the scene goes a long way to contradicting some of the claims made by witnesses and “activists” (an interesting term in itself) often quoted in the media.

Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya-Part 2

Aug, 20, 2015, Counter Punch

-by Eva Bartlett

Part One highlighted the siege and shelling of two villages in northwestern Syria which have been under siege by al-Nusra and allies since the end of March, 2015. As of August 17, at least 130 residents. “K” is introduced as a resident of Kafarya studying in Beirut. His name is withheld, for the safety of his family still in Kafarya and Foua.


The very few reports which have mentioned the names Kafarya and Foua have promoted a sectarian angle to the continued shelling by NATO-backed militants, portrying this as a Sunni-Shia issue. And while to be sure many of these largely foreign terrorists do adhere to the Saudi Wahhabism or Qatari/Turkey Salafism, the predominantly Shia population originally in Foua and Kafarya have long existed with their non-Shia neighbours in harmony.

K tells me more about the two villages and the surrounding region.

“In that area of Syria there are minorities living together, from about 1,000 years ago. In Kafarya and Foua there are Shia. Before this war, the people of Foua and neighbouring Binnish were very close, they intermarried, celebrated festivals together.

At the time that this all started in Syria, I was home, still a student. We studied at a school in Ma’rat Mesreen, which was a mostly Sunni city—many of them pro-government, by the way—and some Shia. Like with Binnish, our people were friends with those in Ma’rat Mesreen, intermarried with them.

My uncle was working in al-Raqqa, but when the militants took over, he and others went back to Kafarya. The original population of Kafarya was around 10,000. Now, it’s much much more, with IDPs from various areas, like Ma’rat Mesreen, and including many Sunni pro-government Syrians from other villages, but also Shia from surrounding areas.”