Turkic proxy forces: “the most wicked rabble”

Turkic proxy forces:'das ubelste gesindel'

Abu Hatem Shakra (aka: Hatim Abu Shaqra), head of the militia Ahrar al-Sharqiya. Image: Twitter

Militias of the "Syrian National Army" Draw attention to gangsterism in their ranks with atrocities. Formerly known as the FSA, they were still supported by Gulf states and Western countries

There are many questions, gross and collateral, raised by the Turkic offensive in northern Syria. Among the questions on the sidelines is what the White Helmets are actually doing now that a Syrian civilian population is being subjected to renewed bombardment?

After all, the White Helmets carry a rough national claim in their title. They call themselves "Syria Civil Defense" and not "Idlib Civil Defense". With their claim that their heroic aid activities stand for all of oppressed Syria, they have won coarse sympathy in the Western media and in Hollywood (George Clooney), received financial support from the British and French governments, good press everywhere, and prestige, such as at receptions at the French presidential palace. They stood for the "better Syria", which defends itself against the brutal dictator, his barrel bombs and the Russian helpers.

Those who want to continue to see them as an independent civilian aid organization that is working to alleviate the suffering in the "war-torn Syria" could ask, based on its focus of operations in Idlib and the area near Aleppo, how it is that the force only ever makes its PR pictures in areas ruled by opposition, Islamist militias?

Is it really this independent and neutral organization, on whose testimonies the accusations of poison gas attacks against the Syrian army raised by western governments were essentially based?? Could the chorus of Western defenders of civilizational values (Spiegel, Zeit, SZ, Tagesschau) have exchanged views on the situation in Syria, for example, on a few points?

The Syrian National Army

There are also a few questions about the new "National Syrian Army", which serves as infantry for the Turkish military operation in northern Syria, there are a few questions. The very rough one is whether, if they had succeeded, they would have dealt with the Syrians on Bashar al-Assad’s side in the same way that Ahrar al-Sharkiya dealt with three Kurds, whom they detained on the M4 rapid tractor and "Civilian" killed?

The atrocities, in which the head of the group was also involved, were documented and disseminated by the militia on videos (the videos are circulating on the net, but are not linked here). We had already reported: Turkey bombs targeted IS captives).

The UN considers this a war crime.

What control is possible?

Ahrar al-Sharkiya (in German correctly transcribed as Ahrar ash-Sharkiya) is also blamed for the massacre of the Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf, also this act of violence is said to be a war crime "Execution" equal to. About the head of the group, Abu Hatem Shakra (a.k.a. Abu Hatem Shakra), who likes to pose in front of the cameras, an English-language backgrounder of Euphrates Post provides ample information material.

The portrait of the former al-Qaeda member, which contains a lot of details, could be summarized as follows: He is a brutal, unscrupulous, fraudulent, money-grubbing gangster and murderer who received large sums of money from Gulf states, has extensive connections (including with Germany), and whose militia plays a major role in Turkish military operations. This time, restraint had been imposed on it – obviously in vain, which leads to the question of what control the Turkish military leadership has over such groups?

In addition, it must be amed that the Turkish military leadership could have expected violent acts by this militia, since they knew them well from the operation "olzweig" in Afrin, where Ahrar al-Sharkiya has already attracted attention several times with plunderings and other crimes. The terror of the militia with links to al-Qaeda could therefore fit into the Turkish calculation.

Given that Ahrar al-Sharkiya has become the "National Syrian Army" of the Turks as the successor of the "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) was created, one can tie in with the coarser question posed above. What would have happened if the FSA militias, supported for years by Gulf states, the U.S. and European countries with money, weapons and sympathetic reporting, had actually gained the upper hand and ousted the government in Damascus??

Operation Peace Source: Unpaid bills to be settled

There are many indications that murderous and cruel revenge actions were carried out on a large scale and that a hard Islamist system of rule was installed, in which groups of different radicalities fought each other.

For the first two moments, a recent analysis of the Syrian "Auxiliaries" Erdogans, published in the French newspaper Le Figaro ("Who are the Syrian rebels fighting for Turkey?", Unfortunately, only in a French version) provides evidence of the bloody competition between the militias in the war in Syria since 2012.

From author Alexis Feertchak’s analysis, which is centrally based on two well-known Syria experts, Wassim Nasr and Fabrice Balanche, i.e., not defenders of the Bashar al-Assad government – nor of the Kurdish SDF – it is clear that the militias allied with Turkey are roughly composed of fighters who hail from the area and have a "Account" have an open relationship with the YPG. A larger number of them were on the opposite side in the YPG’s fight against IS as well as against other radical Islamic militias.

Not only the above-mentioned head of Ahrar al-Sharkiya has links to IS. This is also true, according to Fabrice Balanche, of a "very large contingent of local members of the Syrian National Army, namely for those who belong to the Jays tribe (possibly meaning Shayat). d. A.), which is notoriously known for its cooperation with the IS and took part in the fight for Kobane on the side of the jihadists in 2014".

Wassim Nasr, on the other hand, also classifies the militia fighters on the side of Turkey among the opponents of IS: "The spearhead of the Syrian National Army in this operation is made up of Syrians who come from this region, but who left the territory when IS became strong there and later the YPG."

"Many members of the IS"

While Balanche points out that of the pro-Turkish militias "Many members of the IS" Nasr strives to paint a more mixed picture, but also cannot avoid acknowledging an Islamist pragmatism. He mentions the militiamen’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, for which Erdogan has been a leading figure for some time. In fact, however, Nasr sees less a religious ideology as a driving force or mobilization factor than the tangible payment of the Islamist soldiers by Erdogan.

Nasr is a specialist in distinguishing between jihadists, al-Qaida supporters, Salafists and Islamists. Since he has good contacts in jihadist circles, he proceeds very carefully here. Balanche looks less at literalism and positions in religious-ideological disputes at higher levels than at the migratory movements of militia fighters, who have few qualms about also marching against Assad under a jihadist label "rebel". But he also raises the question of pay.

Allegedly, members of Erdogan’s Islamist proxy forces receive $400 a month, according to Balanche, who compares the sum with the pay of the Kurdish YPG: According to his information, that amounts to $200.

Both experts apparently agree that, in addition to fighters with a local connection, which according to Nasr also includes Kurds ("too Islamist and not communist enough for the YPG", Nasr) – and which are advantageous for the military operation because of their local knowledge – also include militias from Idlib that have escaped the overwhelming competition there from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front and part of al-Qaeda), for example Ahrar al-Sham, which is classified as Salafist. This militia, which for a long time was a comrade-in-arms of the al-Nusra Front, has not really been.

reign of terror already under the FSA

According to the report on the militia alliance, which serves as the armed arm of the "Syrian counter-government" The Syrian National Army was able to mobilize up to 80,000 fighters in the operation.000 fighters, but there are only 14 of them.000 in the operation "Source of Peace" actively involved.

Obviously, Balanche says, these fighters come in large part from groups that Western countries have supported for years. Initially, the U.S. had given them a lot of support, but when this money and arms supply dried up, this was taken over by Turkey. Erdogan had "no worse riffraff" can mobilize. The local population feared the Islamists very much, as they remembered how the militias were still called "National Liberation Front" had established a reign of terror in the region with the support of the West.

The question that arises in this context is what will happen next in Idlib?. The first answers to this question were presented on 22. October in Sotchi. Putin and Erdogan meet there.

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