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During the 2014 election vote did not take place in large parts of Syria (at that time being under rebel and Kurdish control) due to the refusal of the Assad regime to recognize their regional autonomy. In addition, most of Syrian refugees didn't vote in this election as the countries which host the larges amounts of refugees banned the elections (which also were dismissed as illegitimate by the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council)
Yes. But the same can be said about Russia and Iran. Without them Assad would be dead long ago.
Russia, Iran and Hezbollah were not invited by the Syrians either. They were invited by Assad, to fight against Syrians.
A small but steady flow of money to ISIS from rich individuals in the Gulf continues, say current and former U.S. officials, with Qataris the biggest suppliers. These rich individuals have long served as "angel investors," as one expert put it, for the most violent militants in the region, providing the “seed money” that helped launch ISIS and other jihadi groups.
No one in the U.S. government is putting a number on the current rate of donations, but former U.S. Navy Admiral and NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis says the cash flow from private donors is significant now and was even more significant in the early fund-raising done by ISIS and al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the al-Nusrah Front.
"These rich Arabs are like what 'angel investors' are to tech start-ups, except they are interested in starting up groups who want to stir up hatred," said Stavridis, now the dean of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. "Groups like al-Nusrah and ISIS are better investments for them. The individuals act as high rollers early, providing seed money. Once the groups are on their feet, they are perfectly capable of raising funds through other means, like kidnapping, oil smuggling, selling women into slavery, etc."
Stavridis and other current U.S. officials suggest that the biggest share of the individual donations supporting ISIS and the most radical groups comes from Qatar rather than Saudi Arabia, and that the Qatari government has done less to stop the flow than its neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. One U.S. official said the Saudis are "more in line with U.S. foreign policy" than the Qataris.
I'm interested to know if you are aware of Russia's intention for Syria? Or do you think they helped Assad out simply because they are such god guys?
Please provide a source for this claim.
Both sides, filtered by reason and intellect. Thats why the interwebs is so cool, everyone has a say; once you discard all the politics, lies and bicker, there lies the nugget of truth.
Think about what you just typed. The rebel held areas didn't allow a vote, yet you're blaming Assad for that? The rebels don't recognize the Syrian govt as a whole, so they didn't allow participation in an election that included Assad as a candidate. And think about all of the times that GCC & Western leaders said that Assad couldn't be a part of the solution in Syria. Like you pointed out, the ones that hosted Syrian refugees didn't allow those citizens to vote. How can you blame Assad for that, either?
And don't omit what happened 3 months after Assad was elected, when the US, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE all invaded Syria without Syrian permission (HERE).
The difference is that Assad is the leader of the official Syrian government and only the official government can allow other countries into its borders. The Syrian Army supports the Assad led official govt of Syria, as do the majority of Syrians. And don't forget that it was GCC countries who started funding & arming the mercenary "rebels" before Iran and Russia were asked to come in.
Ah, now you're revealing your true colors.
You don't acknowledge the vote by the Syrian people, neither their referendum on the new constitution nor the presidential election in 2014.
No matter what you say or think, Assad represents the Syrian people, not the Wahhabis in the GCC.
However, the mercenary "rebel groups" are comprised of jihadists from all over the world. They attack Syrian colleges (HERE & HERE); loot & destroy historical Syrian sites (HERE); and have been attacking Syrian citizens the whole time, including the "moderate" rebel leader who ate the heart of a Syrian soldier/citizen on tape and the "moderate rebels" who paraded captured Syrian Alawites in cages (HERE). Are you really saying they have the interests of the Syrian people in mind? You know when the "rebels" kill civilians in Syria, they're killing Syrians, right?
Are you really saying they have the interests of the Syrian people in mind? You know when the "rebels" kill civilians in Syria, they're killing Syrians, right?
In fact, right here on ATS there have been plenty of threads showing various GCC nations' support for groups including ISIS & Al Nusra front. There have also been so many articles over the years pointing out the people who funded various Wahhabi "rebel" groups, like this (HERE):
I return that question to you. Why do you think the Saudis and Qataris and Kuwaitis and Israelis and the US and other Western countries have been backing paramilitary groups in Syria? Do you think they're intervening because they're good people? Do you think the same people who supported the 2 wars & occupation in Iraq, the war against Libya, and the atrocious war in Yemen right now actually care about the Syrian people or their plight?
Provide a claim that shows they want democracy, secularism, or religious inclusion for all segments of Syria. You're reminding me of a conversation I previously had about this on ATS (HERE).
As for proof, there's the actual government that ISIS & its affiliated "rebels" set up in Syria. It was literally an ultra conservative Wahhabi hellhole of oppression. No democracy, no secularism, and no religious inclusion for all segments of the population.
And it's important to note that when the US coalition official attacked Syria in 2014, ISIS reportedly only had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters and allies in Syria and Iraq (HERE). Yet the US backed coalition coincidentally never managed to take them down in 2014, 2015, nor 2016, despite everyone knowing where they were, where their supply routes were, where their conveys were shipping stolen oil to and from, etc.
BBC reporting 200 dead now. It's the main headline on the BBC news................... That's a worry. Expect something to go down soon
five hospitals were bombed.
Seven hospitals have also been bombed since Monday morning in eastern Ghouta,
while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, said
stopped reading after that. the sames groups reporting this info are the same groups that have been exposed fraudulent making rescue videos in the past. just like the 3000 hospitals reported bombed in Aleppo.
Sorry but I really don't understand what all of this means. You discard a source because it provides evidence which contradict your opinions.
One way to tell what the BS is ? Whatever they wash, rinse and repeat over and again. The crap they genuflect over, never shut up about, thats the propaganda.
Which is worse. Let Sovereign nations take care of their own internal affairs or laying waste to everything and everyone, in the name of improving it...