The controlled media is cheering on a “rebel” advance against Syrian government forces in the ongoing Battle of Aleppo—ignoring the fact that the “rebels” are made up of the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda and other ISIS-aligned Islamists.
The media’s hatred of the elected Syrian government is such that almost none even mention the fact that the advancing “rebels” are merely Al-Nusra-affiliates under a new name.
The alliance of “rebels,” using the name Jaish al-Fatah (Arabic for the “Army of Conquest,” JaF), have managed to break a several months-long siege which saw Syrian government forces on the brink of taking back Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city.
Mainly thanks to a never-ending supply of arms provided by the American government, and thousands of Islamist recruits from Muslim populations in Europe and elsewhere, the JaF has managed to launch a counteroffensive which has now halted the Syrian government’s advance.
As Press TV reported, this is not the first time that Islamist terrorists have been whitewashed by the controlled media through a simple name change.
In a recent pointed article, Press TV asked, “Al-Nusra to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham: Who rebrands terrorists?”
Al-Nusra’s “new” name, “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” (which is Arabic for the “Front for the Conquest of the Levant”) is the direct successor to the Al-Nusra Front after it renamed itself on July 28, 2016.
Press TV said that “changing the name of a terrorist or terrorist group is the simplest way of whitewashing them. So far, many offshoots of this militant group have benefited by being regarded as mere opposition.”
Press TV went on to point out that these “criminal opposition groups are supported by the US and other Western countries. Yet the records of these groups show only crimes against humanity, terror, indiscriminate killing, and complete savagery.”
A “friendly fighter or rebel,” Press TV accurately said, is “a terrorist that does the work of the West and therefore relies on financial, political, logistical, and military support from the West.
“All these terror groups derive their ideology from the official state religion of Saudi Arabia, namely Wahhabism,” and renaming the Al-Nusra will “not change its terrorist nature.”
Aleppo has been a battleground since 2012, when it was attacked by the Western-armed “rebels” and divided into a government-controlled western half and an east in which the “rebels” held sway.
The Syrian Army’s advances in June this year saw the government forces seize high ground overlooking the Castello Road—which is the only thoroughfare bringing aid to the “rebels” of the city from Turkey.
Earlier, it was revealed that the “rebels” are being supplied by the CIA through Saudi Arabia, after it was revealed that “large volumes of arms and ammunition, supplied by East European and Balkan states, routinely arrive in Saudi Arabia and a number of other regional countries before reaching militants in conflict-hit Syria.”
The Persian service of Germany’s Deutsche Welle news network reported that the munitions, including Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, grenades as well as anti-tank guns, are initially off-loaded in Saudi airbases and ports before smugglers dispatch them to Syrian “rebels.”
The report further revealed that the Syria-bound weapons are also exported by air and sea to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey—besides Saudi Arabia.
International norms governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment are brazenly flouted, the report said, and a considerable amount of munitions exported from Bulgaria to the aforementioned countries only bear the sign “unknown consignment.”
Earlier reports had already exposed that arms were being trucked into Syria under Turkish military escort, and transferred to militant leaders at prearranged rendezvous.
In May 2015, the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet posted on its website footage showing trucks belonging to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, also known as the MIT, allegedly carrying weapons for militant groups in Syria.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed “rebel” insurgency since 2011, and the United Nations (UN)’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict—although the UN has now stopped officially counting the dead in the conflict.