In 2015 al-Qaeda and other radical factions armed and trained by the joint military operations room in southern Turkey called “MOM” which included the CIA and intelligence officers from Turkey and Qatar, invaded the city of Idlib and have taken over it. You may think the militants were exclusively Syrians since the conflict is in Syria, right?
But the invaders were cosmopolitan Salafi terrorists from all around the world and the commanders of this invasion and the invasion of northern Latakia mountains where these terrorists committed acts of genocide against religious minorities were mostly exiled terrorists from Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
So, there are tens of thousands of multinational terrorists in Idlib and the US says Idlib is the largest al-Qaeda safe haven in the world since 9/11 and the strongest force among them is the Turkistan Islamic Party, aka the Uyghur Salafist jihadists.
These radicals were not only terrorizing the Syrians in Idlib and its surrounding towns and cities for eight years, but they were also radicalizing the kids in training camps and preparing them to become future “jihadists”.
There are strict rules in Idlib: for example, democracy is against the rule of God, women must be covered and stay in the kitchen, mixed-gender schools are banned, and homosexuals must be killed and thrown from rooftops.
These rules are everything we stand against in the other parts of Syria where these terrorists were defeated and the government re-imposed its sovereignty.
Syria is a secular country where people with different religious and cultural backgrounds live and coexist, except for the places that are occupied by these terrorists.
But who supports them you may ask? Well, they are the usual suspects in Washington and in a few European capitals.
In the past two weeks, these terrorists have been shelling and sending drones full of explosives, and they killed many civilians. Zero condemnation from the “civilized world”.
When the Syrian Army retaliated against the positions of the terrorists, the mainstream media and some Western diplomats were quick to condemn Damascus which makes you think on whose side are they, eh?
This policy is everything that is wrong in today’s Western establishment. WE DO NOT HATE THE WEST! I live in the West and if one day al-Qaeda invade Germany, I am ready to defend it against the terrorists.
But why do not they let us fight terrorism in our countries? Why NO western government condemns al-Qaeda’s crimes in Syria?
In an attempt to capitalize on the Syrian and Russian retaliation on the terrorists, the head of the EU delegation to Syria, who, of course, does not reside in Syria, claimed on Twitter that the Russian air force bombed a vegetable market in Jisr al-Shughour attributing a photo of smashed tomatoes as evidence.
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs did the same thing, by the way. But what is the truth behind the alleged bombing of a vegetable market?
The video of the airstrike shows clearly that there was no vegetable market. It was an abandoned school building used by the Islamic Turkistan Army as an arms depot which is clear from the explosions that followed the bombing.
Now that would raise other questions, wouldn’t it? Why turn a school into a weaponry depot?
Simply, because it would give a perfect “humanitarian” cover for the terrorists as well as the efficient structure of its building, which the terrorists have been doing since the beginning of the crisis.
There were, of course, some pick-up trucks near the school which may have been carrying tomatoes and a massacre of tomatoes happened but these diplomats refuse to see the evidence and refuse to retract their claims because they do not care about the truth. In fact, I believe they have bad intentions toward Syria.
And I believe that because when al-Qaeda and other terror groups butcher Syrians, these diplomats do not utter a word about their heinous crimes. Why? Brad Hoff may have the answer.
By the way, the Brazilian ambassador to Syria who, unlike US and EU ambassadors, lives in Syria, exposed the propaganda, the distortions, and the lies of Al-Qaeda operatives in Idlib which are picked up and shared by Western diplomats.
Now, just like any other fabricated news on Syria, when we told the truth on social media platforms, we were called “Assad apologists”.
So, let me get this straight, if the mainstream media claims a vegetable market was bombed by Assad in Syria and when I post evidence that it was an arms depot, then I become an Assad apologist and the media narrative continues to be considered the “truth”?
Isn’t this, in effect, the original Nazi media strategy: “Repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it”?
The next segment is a video investigation conducted by journalist Jenan Moussa for Emirati al-Aan TV, in which she documents life in Idlib where, unlike the claims of the mainstream media and Western officials, it is a very dangerous place occupied by tens of thousands of multinational Islamists who turned the city into hell.
Kevork Almassian is an award-winning political commentator from Syria. He is the founder of Syriana Analysis and is known for his contribution to the literature on the Syrian war.