21st Century Wire
THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES INFEST SYRIA
US and European media including Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the UK Daily Telegraph, the BBC, and France’s ‘Le Monde’ and ‘Le Figaro’, drawing on security service sources, are increasingly able to give coherent and converging estimates on the headcount of what are called “Multilateral Jihad” fighters in Syria.
Firstly, despite what our western media teleprompter readers, newspaper hacks and the psychological vacant political brain trust tell us, what is happening inside Syria is not a “civil war” at all.
Arab countries supplying the so-called Defenders of Islam include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria and Libya. European countries supplying fighters through a highly developed recruiting network include France, UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Kosovo, Chechnya and the Scandinavian countries. Fighters recruited outside the Arab countries and Europe include jihadis from Pakistan, India, the Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union, China, Burma, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Only in recent weeks, national security services and interior ministries of European countries have begun to admit their alarm about “What happens when the fighters return home?” Speaking to BFM TV in France, Interior Minister Manuel Valls conceded that previous tallies of “about 350 young French nationals”, either Muslim or converted to Islam, who have quit France to fight in Syria was far too low. Estimates now place the figure nearer 750 – 900. The typical profile of these mercenary fighters – paid by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states in a “petrodollar recycling” operation – prints young unemployed males in the 20-35 age bracket, often second-generation immigrants from Muslim countries. Others include converts to Islam from disadvantaged urban areas, sometimes with previous convictions for offences ranging from drug dealing to car theft, jewelry store and supermarket break-ins using four-wheel-drives to ram an entry, vice rackets, and credit card fraud.
Image from YouTube video reportedly showing two French brothers who joined the Civil War in Syria. As many as 600 Europeans have joined the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad.
One would expect that certain agencies in France are well aware of their part in Syria’s international brigades. Is France simply exporting some of its criminal youth to Syria?
This is the point where the phenomena of European immigration meets deep state geopolitics. The Lost Generation is sometimes two or more generations of abandoned youth. Off the radar screen of governments “managing the crisis”, this means 65% unemployment rates for young males with what some in the French intelligentsia call delit de facies, or “the wrong Arab type”. Although in eurocrat circles it’s not politically correct to shed light on this political reality in the new Europe, the fact remains that it’s a big discussion point within a country like France. So… what happens when they get back home?
As the chaos increases in Syria, a messy outcome is almost certain down the road in the continental Europe.
THE TURF WAR KILLING SPREE
Overall total numbers of mercenary fighters in Syria are now estimated at about 45,000 and their previous pretence of unity fighting the “haram” (unclean) regime of al-Assad has broken apart in a turf war struggle for whatever remaining wealth can be pillaged. Openly fighting between themselves using slogans like “Clean out the Impure”, the imported young gangstah jihadis mix-and-mingle Islam, Men in Black and video game psychotic war thrills. In recent weeks and increasingly, the main fighting sets this International Brigade of the unemployed and unwanted against the US- and European-backed FSA or Free Syrian Army. Described by its backers as secular-oriented, constitutional-based and non-fundamentalist the FSA above all fears its most dangerous enemy – the ISIS.
Called ISIS for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (the Levant), or in Arabic al-Dawla, the largest but loose-knit group of so-called Defenders of Islam is estimated by US and European analysts as numbering about 10,000 – 12,000 armed men. Brigade leaders of the FSA say that ISIS, whose core group stems from an al-Qaeda militia fighting US and allied troops in the Iraq war of 2003, has changed the game plan in this vicious civil war. The FSA is based on regime army defectors, and is a mainly conventional military force able to combat its former colleagues in the regime’s fighting forces and its Lebanese Hezbollah allies. But it is unable to handle the insurgents – ranging from untrained but dangerous and well-armed young street crime adepts from Europe – to ISIS and its core of uber-dangerous djihadi martyrs. US security sources say that in recent months, ISIS has become a magnet for “real jihadis” who view the war in Syria not as a means to overthrow the al-Assad regime but as the historic initial battleground for a final world-scale, fundamentalist Sunni Holy War.
Founding a Caliphate or Sunni Islamic state in Syria is the first step to achieving global holy war. The real djihadis for example include Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami central command fighters. This is of course denied by the organization’s Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch on its English-language Internet site which focuses the organization’s struggle, which it traces to the Chisti line of saints, inside Pakistan against Islamabad and for the independence of Swat, Balochistan and the NW Tribal Areas.
Afghani and Pakistani Taliban fighters have also set up bases in northern Syria, western security analysts say. FSA commanders now consider the already large, and always growing numbers of what FSA calls “extremists of all kinds” to be at least as big a threat to its survival as the regular armed forces of President Bashr al-Assad, backed by the Hezbollah, Russia, and Iran.
CROSS BORDER SPILLOVER
Across northern, northwestern and eastern Syria, ISIS, other Sunni jihadis, and the International Brigade are locked into widespread firefight with inevitable civilian atrocities and destruction of economic infrastructures and resources. Road transport is a favoured target for pillaging cross-border and internal truck cargoes after assassinating the drivers, if they are Alawi, Christian, Turkish or Kurd. Typical outrages include a September 10 killing reported by ‘Wall Street Journal’. Firefighting at an ISIS roadblock near Idlib this time killed a revered Sunni djihadi leader, Abu Obeida – Obeida was accompanying Malaysian relief workers on a distribution mission – and ISIS fighters stopped and shot up the convoy because they confused the Malaysian flag for the American flag.
In east and NE Syria however, the djihadis are facing Syria’s three-million-strong Kurd community which has never accepted Damascus rule – nor today’s attempts at Saudi rule by its proxy fighters gurgling Islamic slogans. Following the 2003 Iraq war and the collapse of the central government of Saddam Hussein, full Kurdish independence and restoration of Kurdistan’s 1923 borders has been the single goal of the independence movement and its PKK fighters. Following the collapse of Hussein’s regime, Iraqi al-Qaeda fighters funded by Saudi Arabia and aided by Turkey have been beaten and driven out of Kurdistan, which rejects all forms of Sunni extremism.
Well-known to US strategists and to the George W. Bush administration which provided the Massoud Barzani Iran-leaning faction of Kurdish nationalists and freedom fighters with about $1.3 billion in 2007, Kurdish fighters can draw on large numbers of Iranian Kurds, as well as from independent Kurdistan inside former Iraq. Denied by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the goal of drawing Iran into the Syrian war is at least as important to them, as establishing “the new Sunni Caliphate”.
The FSA’s Military Council, led by General Salim Idriss has repeatedly criticised the lack of Western understanding of its struggle against the International Brigade of street crime-capable youth imagining they are Men in Black, and hardened Taliban and Jamaat-e-Islami djihadi martyrs, making it certain that spillover from the war will take place – sooner or later. The FSA now says it is no longer able to operate in widening areas of Syria. The uncontrolled proliferation of Saudi-backed Sunni jihadists and the rabble of Men in Black thugs has brought a new type of terror to the lives of Syrians who have endured two years of civil war, in the mainly-northern regions of Syria where the combined forces of Islamic extremists and abandoned youth from the Western democracies, and elsewhere, have created a lethal mix of anarchy and totalitarianism. Summary executions of all Alawites and Shia, Christians and Kurds are commonplace. Any person not giving the right answer to religious and ethnic-based interrogation is declared apostate – or haram and fit to kill. Village burning is a favoured “scorched earth” tactic used by the Islam-spouting rabble whose hardcore groups, including ISIS and smaller bands of killers such as Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Shams, view their young western “converts to djihad” as simple cannon fodder to throw at the regime’s Russian-armed professional army.
Witness the long game, or rather, the long con being carried out by Washington, London, and France, jump started with cash coming from the Gulf state monarchies.
Facing up to the reality of what Saudi petrodollars, ‘Dreams of the Caliphate’, and local geopolitical posturing have created in Syria makes it necessary to exterminate the Islamic rabble, depose al-Assad, and divide Syria into viable smaller national entities under international control – excluding the Gulf states or Turkey, but including Iran and Kurdistan.