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‘Woman in red’ sprayed with teargas:  Becomes symbol of Turkey protests

Istanbul’s police chief had said his forces would only use teargas as a last resort. But the images seem to show the officer targeting an unarmed woman.

The images have been widely shared on social media and have spawned cartoons and graffiti across the country and beyond.

 posted in this June 5, 2013:

A Turkish policeman uses tear gas on a woman protesting in Gezi Park, Istanbul

The woman’s hair is blown upwards as she turns away from the officer.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against woman

The officer closes in on the woman.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against woman 4

The officer continues to use teargas as the woman turns away.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas 5

All photographs: Osman Orsal/REUTERS

The woman covers her mouth as the officer goes on to spray the crowds of demonstrators behind her.

Filiz Telek posted:
A new tactic by the Turkish Government and Police is in use. They’ve pulled out of Taksim in Istanbul, and they’re leaving the protesters alone in a few other big cities, because that’s where the international media have their cameras. They want us…/you to think the brutality came to an end.
It’s escalated in smaller towns all over Turkey. What happened in Istanbul for the past week, is now happening as brutally -even more- in Ankara, Adana, Antakya, Eskisehir, and dozens of other districts across Turkey.
Please copy and paste so that everyone around you knows about this, too. Thanks.

Note 1: My impression was that this particular officer was excited at the view of this beautiful girl wearing red, and took advantage of his power trip. People see red on many occasions…)

Note 2: Funny Turkish foreign minister calling the US counterpart and saying : “Be assured. Turkey brand of democracy is NOT a second class type…”

Hezbollah fighter details military operations in Qusayr

The large strategic town of Qusayr in Syria, at 15 kilometers from the north-east borders with Lebanon, has fallen. The Syrian insurgents will be unable to receive any military aids from Lebanon, for at least 3 months, and the war merchants in Lebanon will find it hard to export their weapons.

This victory will secure the western regions surrounding Damascus and secure the strategic routes to and from Homs and the sea shores. The battle of Aleppo will start in earnest within a couple of weeks. The Turkish borders will be the only open routes for the insurgents to receive any military support.

Hezbollah’s implication in the nearby Syrian war has been reported by numerous media outlets. In order to discuss the real scope and depth of the party’s involvement in the Syrian conflict, NOW talks to Hezbollah fighter Abou Ali, who has been deployed to Qusayr.

Mona Alami posted on NOW this interview on June 4, 2013

M A: Why are you fighting in Syria?

Syria has supported the resistance for over 30 years, we need to remain loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Don’t you worry that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria will significantly weaken Hezbollah? Do you believe that you can still fight Israel while waging war on another major front?

People have to understand that Hezbollah is now a regional party. The war in Syria is a preemptive strike on an enemy that was going to export the Syrian conflict into Lebanon.

Hezbollah will not allow for its military and strategic interests to be threatened without responding to such a threat. It will also not enter a war unless it is sure it can win it.

Hezbollah can still fight simultaneously on three fronts: in Syria, in the south against Israel, as well as internally. We are expecting to fight an internal war because we feel that those [foreign backers, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia…) who are spending money locally are now going to make use of it. All the indicators point in that direction.

Does the war waged by Hezbollah against the Syrian rebels bear any similarity with the war with Israel?

It’s actually very different from Lebanon, with the exception of the battles of Bint Jbeil (in the south), where the terrain and towns with houses built very close together are in many ways similar to Qusayr.

Elite and special forces that are now deployed in Qusayr are using their training in street fighting they received in Iran, which was done in mock cities specifically built for this purpose.

Who is Hezbollah fighting in Syria? Is it possible that in a country as big as Syria that the rebellion might be solely comprised of foreigners?

Most militants I met were foreign fighters: Europeans, Gulf Arabs, Chechens, Jordanians, and even Filipinos from the Abu Sayyaf movement!

Syrians only play a supporting and secondary role in the rebellion unless they fought in Iraq or Libya. These takfiris (Wahhabi sect) are savage enemies. They chop off their enemies’ heads because they believe beheading will promote them (on earth and in heaven).

Gulf  Arabs are also respected by rebels because they are usually wealthy and can offer a certain financial support to brigades. Jordanians and Somalis are those participating the most in suicide bombings.

Fighting in Qusayr has entered in its third week. Why has it been so hard for you to take over the border area?

Qusayr was initially divided in 16 military areas. Today an area of five blocks still remains in the control of rebels from the Nusra Front who have taken civilians hostage. We are trying to avoid civilian casualties as much as possible, which is slowing down the process.

Rebels who are arrested are immediately transferred to the Syrian intelligence services so that they can be used in hostage exchange operations.

Rebels are using guerrilla techniques against you in Qusayr. How are you responding to them and what weapons are being used?

We have called upon our specialists to neutralize the tunnel networks built by rebels in certain sectors of Qusayr. These specialists helped Hamas build their tunnel networks in Gaza.

Tunnels usually have a basic structure, it is easy for specialists to understand how they work, and they are helping us to destroy them by booby-trapping access and exit points. Rebels have also booby-trapped houses, so the only way to secure a certain perimeter is by blowing up walls to make holes. We are also relying on Syrian massive air raids in our military operations to wear down the rebels. Weapons used are mortars, PKK, Dushka, Russian 75, 106, as well as 155.

Many Hezbollah fighters have died in Qusayr. Some have attributed the high death toll to the inexperience of fighters who were sent initially. Is it true?

No it’s not. Reservists who were first sent to Qusayr had received from one month, three or six months training here in Lebanon. It is now the elite and special forces of Hezbollah who are fighting in Qusayr. Everyone who goes to fight in Syria has received a taklif sharii (a religious command).

Is Hezbollah present all over Syria?

At the beginning of the war, elite forces were initially responsible for protecting Shiite shrines. They have now been deployed in different Syrian areas.

Besides Qusayr, we are now fighting in Aleppo and rural areas surrounding it, as well as the suburbs of Damascus, Hama, and Idlib. In the Damascus suburbs and Aleppo, we are leading similar operations as those launched in Qusayr due to the nature of the terrain.

Are Iranians fighting in Qusayr?

No, but there are Iraqis in certain Damascus areas more particularly around Shiite shrines.

What is Hezbollah’s role in the current Syrian war? Is it collaborating with the regime’s new People’s Army?

Hezbollah is leading operations in Qusayr.  The Syrian army is playing a secondary role, deploying after an area is completely ‘cleaned’ and secured.

Hezbollah officers coordinate with the People’s Army but fighters never interact. The People’s Army is usually last to deploy after the Syrian army, as they have a better understanding of the area and its residents.

اليوم فقط الالقاء القبض على أكثر من 1500 كلب من كلاب العهرة والكر ... في قرية الضبعة أخر معاقل الارهاب في القصير .... 
المشكلة لو تم اعدامهم برصاص ... 
خسارة كبيرة فيهم الـ 1500 رصاصة .... اقتراحاتكم .... 

كيف الطريقة لقبر هولاء الكلاب الوهابية ........؟
Over 1,500 foreign insurgents made prisoner in the town of Dab3a, after fleeing Qusayr

Note 1: Hezbollah specialists helped the Palestinian Hamas build their tunnel networks in Gaza. Hamas aided the Syrian insurgents build tunnels in Qusayr, Homs, and many Syrian towns.  Hamas relied on Syria support in bringing in weapons.

Now, whom will send weapons to Hamas to resist another Israeli preemptive war on Gaza? Hamas sided with this loose Moslem Brotherhood ideology, and forgot the pragmatic ways to survive.

It is reported that Hamas leaders vacated Syria on the ground that Bashar is very scared of the US and will inevitably sacrifice them in order to put down this insurgency

Note 2: The numbers of casualties disseminated in the medias are overblown. It is reasonably estimate that no more than 200 were killed or seriously injured in both sides. The Syrian government will allow the Red Cross to visit Qusayr.

Note 3: Syria, in  coordination with the UN has kept the northern route of Qusayr open for civilians and insurgent to flee. Maybe the States that exported their fighters to Syrtia might repatriate its citizens. It is doubtful: The Moslem Jihadist who fought the Soviet troops in the 80’s were denied the right to return to their homelands, and Al Qaeda spread all over the world and its members hired by various State security services.

Apparently, the concerned States were not enthused to host victorious fighters who will seek an extremist military overturn of regimes… Will the defeated mercenaries change the decision of the States to repatriate their citizens this time around?




June 2013

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