#Syria #ISIS #AlQaeda #FSA Syria’s Jihadists Linked to…

#Syria #ISIS #AlQaeda #FSA

Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/09/syria-s-jihadists-linked-to-organized-crime.html

The al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria have started working with crime syndicates and racketeering thugs for kidnappings, arms-smuggling, and widespread looting.

Syria’s insurgent militias are becoming ever more enmeshed with organized crime, blurring the line between insurgents and racketeers and undermining the rebels’ efforts to maintain sagging popular support for the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

And it isn’t only militias affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army or Islamist militias profiting from the chaos and lawlessness to plunder and smuggle, extort and kidnap—the villainy is also being perpetrated by al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists, who present themselves as paragons of strict Islamic virtue and argue the spate of executions they have presided over are done to enforce morality.

Both of the al Qaeda affiliate operating in Syria—Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, or ISIS—have folded within their ranks groups widely seen as crime syndicates and insurgent leaders who at heart are racketeers, say European intelligence sources. They point to four battalions that have shifted allegiance in recent months from the FSA-aligned Ahfad al Rasoul Brigade to al-Nusra and this week realigned once again, this time siding with ISIS.

One of the battalions, Liwa Allah Akbar, is led by Saddam al-Jamal, who was, until his defection, the FSA’s top commander on the eastern front, and who earlier this week announced that he was joining ISIS on the grounds that the FSA had become a puppet of Western and Arab intelligence services.

In a 30-minute video uploaded to YouTube, al-Jamal called on all rebels to dissociate themselves from the Western and Gulf-backed Syrian National Coalition and its military arm, the FSA, because of their opposition to the jihadists and because they want “to prevent the Sharia of Allah from being established in the land.” He complained in the interview that, while working with the FSA, he had to “meet with the apostates of Qatar and Saudi Arabia and with the infidels of Western nations such as America and France in order to receive arms and ammo or cash.”

But according to a Kurdish militia commander who has fought six battles against al-Jamal this year and managed to seize his headquarters at the border town of Ras al-Ayn, the Liwa Allah Akbar leader has had a checkered criminal history as an arms and drugs trafficker and been astute in the past at nurturing and playing off ties with both Syrian and Turkish intelligence when it served his purposes.

“He isn’t himself at heart an Islamist,” says Giwan Ibrahim, a top commander with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG. “He has the mentality of a Mafioso and not someone who has the mind of an ideological fighter.”

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#al-qaeda, #crime

#Syria new video confirming the use of Chemical…

#Syria, new video confirming the use of Chemical weapons against the civilians

#chemical, #civilians, #crime, #regime, #war, #weapons

Second jugde of the Appeal Court killed in…

Second jugde of the Appeal Court killed in Jarmana car bomb explosion

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مقتل القاضي ناظم قبلان رئيس محكمة الاستئناف الثانية في تفجير جرمانا قرب #دمشق اليوم #Syria #Assad #Damascus

#butcher, #car-bomb, #crime, #jarmana, #killer, #war

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MINBEJ, Syria — Rebels drove the much-feared Syrian security forces out of the northern city of Minbej in July, but as calm returned to the streets, so did the criminals.

The victorious rebels are now slowly rebuilding Minbej’s police force to combat the rise in crime, which ranges from theft to murder, but due to a severe lack of funding and equipment, face a mammoth task.

A unit comprising around 50 “revolutionary police” has been formed to restore law and order to the city, which lies near the border with Turkey and 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the key battleground city of Aleppo.

The fledgling force is headed by Abu Mohammed, a police chief who defected from the regime in another part of Syria and ended up in Minbej.

“There are some citizens who think that freedom means that there is no system — no!” Abu Mohammed told AFP in an office in the city’s main administrative building.

“Of course, from the time of the liberation of Minbej until now, there have been mistakes and violations and crimes happening, and the number of bad people is starting to grow in the absence of authority to stop them,” he said.

“Therefore, the idea was to organise the police force, the revolutionary police, to fight violations and crimes happening in this city.”

The members of the new force all defected from the regime but had not been involved in “carrying out actions against the protesters, against the people,” Abu Mohammed stressed.

The force is currently limited to police with prior experience, and new recruits are not yet being trained, he said.

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#aleppo, #crime, #liberated-areas, #minbej, #police-in-liberated-areas

This list of officers involved in massacres in…

This list of officers involved in massacres in #Syria, has been posted in previous blog. It can be visulised
here and needs to be updated probably:

#crime, #list, #officers