Exclusive -Abdalaziz Alhamza ” RBSS”
Syrian revolution did not only reveal the world’s moral decline and the fake claim of human values such as human rights, right of self-determination and democracy, but it also revealed that slogans of neutrality, professionalism and objectivity (which international media hide behind) are all faked.
It is no longer surprising that international news agencies such as Reuters, AFP and BBC misrepresent the news related to the Syrian situation. In fact, journalists of those agencies in their regional offices started to present news according to their political orientation which stands beside Assad regime, and they often tried to clean up regime’s image.
As to the preparation for Raqqa Battle, different analyzes and views occurred about its schedule and whether US is serious in this regard or not. Agence France-Presse made its own contribution and published its report on Wednesday 25/5/2016 under the title (Raqqa, From Abbasid prospering to the third liberation). This report, of course, belongs to the state of media deception, which is used by media agencies to provide news about the Syrian situation.
With a simple read to this report, any simple observer for the Syrian case will find critical errors made by the authors who have not bothered themselves to research and investigate for the most basic information during the preparation of the article. For example “In the beginning, Free Syrian Army fighters didn’t have enough weapons so they cooperate with the jihadists who were well armed, FSA decided then to stop cooperating with jihadists because of their extremism and arbitrary arrest“. Of course, this claim could be refuted easily and does not require a lot of effort, people of Raqqa protested repeatedly against Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham practices early, and you can return to YouTube and watch these demonstrations, including, for example:” Stop your deception, Al-Nusra, go to Assad Palace” and a lot more others.
As to fighting against ISIS, first battle against ISIS was in Raqqa, Ahfad Al-Rasul troops faced ISIS and in the end ISIS bombed the train station. Later, all troops entered a battle against ISIS but ISIS won and controlled the city. All of this happened and the world –which is fighting terrorism today- stood aside.
Another example for lack of professionalism in AFP, authors of this report made mistakes even in the population of Raqqa which can be easily obtained from “Wikipedia”. The report mentions that the population of Raqqa is 220 thousands, added to them 80 thousands. Statistics in 2010 indicate that the population of Raqqa is 350 thousands, with expectations that the total population of the province is near 1.059 million people in 2012, according to Central Bureau of Statistics in Syria. This shows the amount of errors and inaccuracies made by authors.
Back to “liberation” which US intend to do along with their allies represented by Syrian Democratic Forces which are a compilation of small factions and The People’s Protection Units, YPG (the Syrian military wing for PKK which is ranked as a terrorist group by US). Liberation of Tal Abyad and fake assurances that the area – which has a majority of Arabs – will be controlled by local opposition factions gave a negative impression towards any military action in which YPG is a part.
These units have been accused of violations, according to Amnesty International’s report issued on 13 / October 2015. This report accused People’s Protection Units of committing displacement operations, we quote:” By deliberately demolishing civilian homes, in some cases razing and burning entire villages, displacing their inhabitants with no justifiable military grounds, the Autonomous Administration is abusing its authority and brazenly flouting international humanitarian law, in attacks that amount to war crimes. In its fight against IS, the Autonomous Administration appears to be trampling all over the rights of civilians who are caught in the middle. We saw extensive displacement and destruction that did not occur as a result of fighting. This report uncovers clear evidence of a deliberate, co-ordinated campaign of collective punishment of civilians in villages previously captured by IS”
Not only that, the Telegraph published an article on the eighteenth of this month entitled (Syrian Kurds accused of ethnic cleansing and killing opponents). The article offers testimony of former US Ambassador in Damascus Robert Ford before Congressional hearing committee in the US Senate that this group (People’s Protection Units, YPG) is pushing people to the arms of the “ISIS” as described by Ford. He added that refugees fleeing Islamic State do not go to areas under the control of Kurdish forces.
In addition to all of the above, a battle is taking place in Iraq to regain Fallujah from ISIS. Aws al-Khafaji (the commander of Abu al Fadl al Abbas brigade, which is a part of Popular Mobilization Forces) said to his fighters:” There are no civilians in Fallujah, there is a tumor should be removed from Iraq, those are infidels and must be exterminated”. Extremist Shiite militias launched missiles with sectarian slogans such as (Nimr) referring to Shiite Sheikh “Nimr Al Nimr” who was executed by Saudi Arabia earlier.
All these incidents confirm that the United States allies in its war against ISIS are either hateful sectarian groups (Popular Mobilization Forces) or fanatical nationalist militias (People’s Protection Units). If this is the case, the liberation will only turn the situation from worst to bad, because actions of these allies do not lead to the freedom US is talking about, but they confirm ISIS claims that (liberators) will kill and displace the people. Describing civilians of Raqqa as incubators of terror and threatening them with punishment will increase the number of recruits in ISIS.