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Jamada al-thani 7,1435/April 6, 2014 # 14
New Trend was right about Qaddafi's last years.
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Turkey: Gulen's intrigues deflated. Erdogans's AKP wins.
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What happened to Osama's body? His wife gives eyewitness
Breaking News: USA
April 5: There were protest rallies across America by
Mexican and central American groups against Obama's
anti-immigration policies. The number of illegals deported
by Obama is set to reach ONE MILLION in April, higher than
any previous president's rule.
Breaking News: Crimea and Afghanistan
The US and EU have condemned a vote conducted by Russia in
Russian majority population of Crimea because there are
22,000 Russian troops in Crimea.
April 5: America and the US are hailing the bogus
"elections" held in Afghanistan although there are 90,000
NATO troops occupying the country and more than 100,000
mercenaries were mobilized to "protect" the elections. These
mercenary troops are Shi'ites, Ismailis, Communists and
northern feudals, extremely hostile to the Muslim population
which supports the Taliban.
Breaking News: Egypt
As usual, supporters of imprisoned president Morsi rallied
in Cairo on April 4 and were beaten up by police and
dispersed. Supporters of Mubarak joined hands with
supporters of Sisi to beat the protestors.
On April 2, at Cairo University , mujahideen bombed General
Sisi's security forces which were on alert to disperse
peaceful protestors. A top general of Sisi special police
was killed. Another general was wounded along with 10
Breaking News: Libya
April 4: Egypt arrested a top smuggler of weapons from
Libya. In response Libyans have taken 150 Egyptian truck
drivers hostage and want the smuggler returned.
Earlier, rebels who have taken over Libyan ports sold oil to
a North Korean tanker. The Libyan regime called for US help
and the tanker was boarded and captured by US navy Seals on
the high seas near Cyprus. [Piracy?]
Islamic "rebels" are threatening to break eastern Libya away
from the country if the regime attacks the ports under rebel
Breaking News: Syria
There has been a splurge of anti-Islam propaganda after
al-Nusra captured the Armenian Christian city of Kassab in
Latakia province. Claims of anti-Christian attacks are being
made. The leader of the Turkmen Muslim community, friendly
with the Armenians, has categorically rejected claims of
attacks on Christians and their churches. Please scroll to
end for statement.
April 5: Mujahideen fighters captured the town of Babolin,
on the Damascus-Aleppo highway. The Assad military
retreated after losing 18 troops and two tanks.
April 5. Mujahideen advance continues in Latakia province.
Assad's elite forces mounted several counterattacks but were
beaten back but one was successful and recaptured
April 4: A massive artillery barrage by Assad's military
killed 45 civilians in Aleppo. [BBC]
The number of deaths caused among civilian populations by
Assad's death squads, air force, artillery and infantry has
crossed 150,000 according to the UN.
The number of civilians who have fled from Assad's rule into
Lebanon has reached ONE MILLION.
Fighting erupted in front of six suburbs of Damascus.
Assad's forces tried to advance but could not in spite of
air strikes support. Mujahideen fired mortars into
government held areas of Damascus city. Among the buildings
hit was the Russian embassy.
Another of Assad's fortesses has been captured by the
Islamics in Idlib province.
Al-Qaida's top leader Dr, Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for
investigation of an attack blamed on ISIL in which an
associate of Shaykh Osama was killed in February. Fighting
between ISIL and other Islamic groups has done more damage
than anything Assad could do.
New Trend's Web Site
We received 21753 visitors in March, alhamdulillah, on our
humble web site.
Congratulations to our web master, Br. Rich.
Also distributions of New Trend at various masjids are
On March 21, on ONE DAY, we suddenly received 6061 visitors.
People note the web site on the hard copy and take the
trouble to visit the web site.
Keep up the good work brothers and sisters.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen activity in College Park, Maryland
Visit to an unusual masjid. Dar ul Huda has an impressive
College Park is about 22 miles south of Baltimore, on the
edge of Washington, DC.
On April 4, Jamaat al-Muslimeen literature was given to 65
Muslims after juma salat at Dar al-Huda in College Park,
only a couple of miles from the University of Maryland.
It was a four page document.
Most of Somalia is in Islamic hands.
Assad's atrocities in Syria.
Armed resistance building up in Egypt as General Sisi
keeps killing peaceful demonstrators.
Islam does not permit violence against women. Slander
leads to punishment of slanderer.
This is largely an Islamic school rather than a masjid. The
khutba was nice with the imam telling people to love Muslims
for the sake of Allah if they love Allah. Almost half of
Jamaat distribution was to women.
Latest khutba in Baltimore, Maryland
Muslims are often Disunited for flimsy reasons. Why enemies
can become friends?
On April 4, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave a juma khutba at masjid
Jamaat al-Muslimeen in Baltimore. It was crowded but its a
small masjid, so here are the main points for distribution
across the US umma:
[A convert from the Philippines came and we welcome her.]
Text: "O ye who believe! obey Allah, and obey the Messenger,
and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in
anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His
Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That
is best, and most suitable for final determination." [The
Many Muslims differ with other Muslims because they don't
know that ALL schools of Islamic Thought accept the Qur'an
and the authentic hadith.
Schools of Thought emerged after all the sahaba, r.a.,
passed away. These are INTERPRETATIONS of Qur'an and hadith
known as fiqh.
The Hanafi, Maliki, Shafii, Hanbali schools of thought
differ in matters of interpretation. They don't say that the
others are unbelievers or that you should not pray with
Schools of Thought are different from sects. Allah does
not accept sects which try to create a new version of Islam
based on a cult or a leader or a companion of the prophet,
Scholars who came later are also interpreters. They too
accept Qur'an and Hadith. Some very prominent names are Ibn
Taymiyyah, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, Shah Waliullah,
Maudoodi, Syed Qutb and the jihad leaders.
When someone becomes a Muslim, we do not have the right
to talk about the unIslamic activities they carried on
before accepting Islam. Faith wipes out all previous sins.
There are many people in the power structure, like
Pharoah, whose "hearts" Allah has sealed. They should be
challenged and confronted.
There are others who are against us because they are
misinformed about Islam. Or they hurt us owing to their
professional duties and jobs. As teachers of Islam, we must
try to understand WHY someone opposes us.
Khalid ibn al-Waleed opposed Islam. He even killed
Muslims at the battle of Ohud. The Prophet, pbuh, understood
that Khalid was not an enemy of Islam but only an opponent
as a good soldier.
Khalid, r.a. not only embraced Islam but became the
SWORD of Allah [Saifullah].
Forgiveness can change people if we forgive them AFTER
defeating them. Thus the Prophet, pbuh, forgave Abu Sufian.
He was skeptical for a while even after becoming Muslim but
once he understood, he not only stood up for Islam but took
his family with him. He was seriously wounded fighting for
Islam but never wavered. His daughter was with him and gave
her life [shaheed] for Islam at Yarmouk.
Shi'ite sectarians abuse Muawiyya, r.a., but he was not
only trusted by the prophet, pbuh, after he changed but he
wrote revelation [wahi] for the prophet, pbuh.
During the caliphate of Usman, r.a., the compiler of the
Qur'an, Muawiyyah, r.a., was in command of the Islamic fleet
which destroyed the combined naval fleets of Europe. His
wife was with him in the battle as was Umm Hurum, r.a., whom
the Prophet, pbuh, had blessed.
Imam Ghazzali has written that we should not denigrate
people who are in the last line of prayer because they might
be in the first line by the time they die. Similarly those
who are in the first line should not be too proud because
they might be in the last row by the time they die.
This is a principle of da'wa. Look for the potential for
good in each person.
Interview with Syed Munawar Hasan
The man who changed the face of Pakistani Politics
On April 3, the outgoing ameer of Jamaate Islami, Syed
Munawar Hasan, was interviewed by Dr. Kaukab Siddique. Here
are the main questions and answers translated from Urdu. Any
errors are the fault of New Trend:
Question by K.S. What is your understanding of the media
blast against you which is proclaiming the result of Jamaate
Islami's elections for the ameer as the defeat of Munawar
Munawar Hasan: In a few weeks these "celebrations" will end
when these media people will realize that they were
Q. Do you think the elections were influenced by some kind
MH: Lobbying is not permitted in Jamaate Islami. There is no
electioneering or canvassing. The ARKAN [full members] vote
Q. With more than 30,000 Arkan, surely some would have been
influenced by the countrywide propaganda against you. You
took on a super power and the super power probably worked
hard to bring you down. Right or wrong?
MH: Human beings can always be influenced but there is no
evidence that anything like that happened.
The overall policies which we folllowed resulted from shoora
and will continue to follow shoora.
Q. But America does not operate directly in Pakistan. There
is no lack of collaborators, sell outs and mercenary
writers. Look at the vicious article DAWN daily has
published against you as have other Pakistani channels on
MH: I won't be surprised if they have created some marginal
influence but it will not be decisive. Jamaate Islami is
firmly grounded in its peaceful methodology and its belief
Q. Support for you might have been eroded more by those
known as popular Muslims like Mujibur Rahman Shami and the
publishers of Urdu Digest. In America too we have "Muslims"
who oppose people like you who stand against American power.
MH: Those are well known and have said what they wanted to
say even much before JI elections.
Q. I consider your greatest achievement that you have made
public support for American imperialism
and Zionism impossible. Even secularists speak against
America. You have helped to make Pakistan an independent
countrty. However, which is your second greatest
MH: Internal peace is essential for the progress of
Pakistan. Hence the emphasis of JI on peace talks with Pak
Taliban. At one time this seemed an impossible task. Now we
see the start of talks between the government and the Pak
Taliban. Various people and outside forces do not want this
to happen. If the talks with the Pak Taliban continue,
national unity will be assured and outside forces will be
reduced in their ability to interfere.
Q. You have achieved major success in Karachi with huge
rallies against the forces of disunity. Do you think the new
ameer Sirajul Haq sahib will be able to succeed in Karachi?
MH: We have always worked together. Our decisions are made
through Shoora [mutual consultation].. This process will
continue with the blessings of Allah.
Q. Some "well wishers" even tried to bring you down by
saying that your health has deteriorated and you cannot
continue the hectic pace you have been following..
MH: Health issues have not stopped me from going where I
wanted to go. Right now I am in Islamabad. I travel all the
time. Of course there is stress but the cause of Allah is
'Holocaust Denial' Laws Are Disgraceful
Mark Weber - Institute for Historical Review
http://www.ihr.org/news/112705HoloDenial.html... In Germany,
France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and several other
European countries, as well as in Israel, it is a crime
publicly to dispute the official version of Holocaust
history ... "Holocaust denial" laws violate ancient and
universal standards of justice. They criminalize even
factual or truthful statements that "play down" or
"whitewash" the Holocaust. They are selective and one-sided.
In countries where they are on the books, the Holocaust is
the only chapter of history that cannot be freely discussed.
They inhibit historical inquiry and restrict free speech.
They are a disgrace, and should be repealed.
Turkey: With thanks to Br. Shaykh Hyder.
AKP, Islamic party of Erdogan: Sweeping Victories in Turkish
Fake "Muslim" counter movement led by Gulen Thwarted.
Slap in the face of New York Times & other Western/Zionist
Assalam Alaikum. We have for the Muslim countries an example
of Turkey as a representative government for Muslim masses.
Here is good example for voters and masses in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Egypt, etc. to learn and practice, tolerance and
kindness with each other, inshAllah. Please publish this
article in your esteemed journal.
Turkish voters get the message
By Adam Bennett McConnel
Turkish local elections on March 30, as was expected by
knowledgeable objective observers, resulted in sweeping
victories for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in
Istanbul and many areas of the country. The AKP held the
Ankara mayoralty and even had a surprise win in Antalya.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) saw its
provincial hold weaken from 29 to 22, while the AKP
increased its nationwide vote percentage by nearly seven
percentage points, to 46%, over the 2009 local
What do the results mean?
The essential lesson that Turkish elites and international
observers must take from these results, and with alacrity,
is that the current options present on the Turkish political
table provide only one choice for a great swath of the
Turkish citizenry: the AKP of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish opposition is now comprised of a variety of
opposites that have found themselves thrown together only
out of desperation - and political incompetence. The party
most clearly representing the Turkish elites, the CHP of
Kemal Kilicdaroglu lives on its historical reputation as the
party of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The problem is that this understanding automatically
eliminates the CHP as a voting preference for around 60% of
the Turkish population (in this election the CHP received
only 28% nationwide) since, despite the historical narrative
otherwise, the vast majority of Turkish people resented
Kemal Ataturk's social reform projects. They will not vote
for the CHP unless a radical change takes place in the
party; thorough changes in ideology, narrative, personnel,
and structure are the minimum requirements for giving the
CHP wider appeal in Turkish society.
The most difficult aspect of creating a political
alternative for the Turkish elites is that they have no real
experience, or understanding, of how modern politics work.
The reason for this is extremely simple: they never had to
learn how to run a political party because the Turkish
military always had their back. This meant that the CHP
never had to think about the grassroots. In fact, most CHP
voters display a condescending attitude towards the
This attitude simply will not work in modern politics.
Turkish elites will have to learn, as soon as possible, how
to appeal to voters in all classes of Turkish society, not
just the rich, secular, comfortable elites living in the
best neighborhoods of Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.
Many commentators will ponder the "unfathomable" results
from this election and resort mostly to tired, condescending
cliches: "The Turkish people are ignorant (cahil), so what
can we expect?", "Erdogan has an authoritarian grip on the
country so everyone votes for him", "the AKP gives free
stuff (bread, coal, appliances) to the poor, so they vote
for AKP". The list goes on. In reality, the reason for these
pundits' confusion stems from their patronizing attitude
towards the Turkish masses.
Mumtaz'er Turkone probably drove home the last nail in the
coffin of the opposition's hopes in early February, when he
let slip a fatal gaffe: "I think the AKP should be closed
down." That was in a live political talk show, on the
Turkish channel HaberTurk. Oops.
Mumtaz'er Turkone is a well-known columnist for Zaman, the
newspaper most closely associated with the Fetullah Gulen
movement. Turkone is probably the most influential columnist
at Zaman (maybe sharing that title with Ekrem Dumanli), and
for many years he was accused by the secular elites of being
an AKP toady. All that changed with the move to close the
Turkish cram school (dersane) sector last November, and then
a series of corruption scandals, seen by most everyone in
Turkey as Gulen's counter-move against the AKP, which
erupted on December 17, 2013.
By making the "close the AKP" statement, Turkone stepped on
an extremely sensitive point, and revealed the true intent
of Gulen's adherents for everyone to see. One should
remember that the Turkish military and the secular elites
made a last-gasp attempt to close down the AKP in 2008,
which narrowly failed in the Turkish Constitutional
Turkish people understand what kind of people want to close
the AKP and why: the vested interests, the beneficiaries of
connections to the state, the people who desire the old
system, the elitist system that the AKP has been slowly
uprooting for the past 11 years, to continue. Previously the
Gulen movement had tacitly presented itself as being with
the AKP on this project.
That changed when the dersane issue was tabled, and became
an outright war on December 17. Although most Turkish people
understood implicitly what the Gulen people were trying to
do, Turkone made it overt. The Gulen movement also wanted to
shut down the AKP in order to protect their interests and
money. For any voters who might have been wavering as a
result of the corruption scandals, the choice was now clear:
either the AKP or another bunch of oppressive thugs with no
accountability. The (mostly illegally obtained) wiretap
recordings that began to appear on the Internet in late
February made no difference to this reality.
So I want to ask these questions of the New York Times, the
Financial Times, the Economist, Al-Jazeera, and of the many
other international press outlets that have consistently
published anti-AKP, anti-Tayyip Erdogan, and anti-Turkish
feature articles, columns, and blog posts for the past 11
"When will you take the time to actually do the work
necessary to understand Turkish politics? When will you take
the time to try to understand the reality that the average
Turkish voter lives in? When will you realize that the
information you are receiving from your sources is faulty,
and that you are damaging your profession through this
adamant refusal to see or understand the double standard you
apply to your reporting concerning Turkey?"
After the massive failure of pollsters and journalists to
accurately predict the 1948 US presidential election,
immediate steps were taken, by both the pollsters and the
media, to identify exactly what went wrong. The results
helped pinpoint errors in data gathering and assumptions
that greatly improved the science of polling and,
eventually, restored respectability to the polling
profession and to the journalists utilizing those polls.
Nathan Silver's performance in the 2012 US presidential
election was the latest illustration of how careful, and
realistic, polling can accurately predict results.
The 2012 Republican insistence on self-delusional polls
mirrors the situation for the vast majority of polls
conducted in Turkey. When it comes to Turkey under the AKP,
every poll, no matter how distorted or marked by faulty
data-gathering, is usable as long as it takes the AKP down a
notch. Every type of information, no matter how detached
from the Turkish reality, is respectable in the eyes of the
international press as long as it portrays the AKP and
Erdogan in a negative light. The elections be damned. The
Turkish voters and their opinions be damned. The single
important thing is to maintain the dire doom-and-gloom
narrative: Erdogan is a dictator, the AKP are secretly
anti-Semitic religious cultists with designs on the state
and security apparatuses, the Turkish economy is collapsing,
Turkish foreign policy is an Ottoman revival, all of the AKP
ministers are inept, all of their children are corrupt
Until you are able to rescue yourselves from this
weltanschauung, until you take the AKP, Erdogan, and most
importantly their voters, seriously, and until you
understand that Turkey is a true democracy and that Turkish
politics now are run as they are in other industrialized
democracies, you will not be able to understand what is
happening in Turkish politics or society, and you will
constantly be shocked and dismayed by Turkish election
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Goldman And SocGen Accused Of Defrauding Libya Out Of
Billions With Derivatives During Gaddafi's Reign
The devastating civil war that has ravaged Libya has
undoubtedly altered the power structure of the North African
nation. It also revealed that major U.S. and European
financial firms, including Goldman Sachs and Societe
Generale, actively courted executives of the Libyan
Investment Authority (LIA), which, flush with $60 billion of
the nation's oil profits, paid rich fees to invest with
Western banks and funds, in some cases losing their whole
investment. Now, the LIA is suing Goldman Sachs and Societe
Generale in London, while the SEC and the U.S. Justice
Department are also scrutinizing the practices of hedge fund
Och-Ziff and private equity firm Blackstone.
In 2004, the U.S. lifted commercial sanctions on Libya after
Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi agreed to hand over his chemical
weapons. Major U.S. and European names flocked to the oil
producing nation for a cut of the potential profits as the
reins on global capitalism were loosened. Established in
2006, Libya's sovereign wealth fund was approached by at
least 25 different financial institutions looking to attract
its funds, ultimately forging relationships with Goldman
Sachs, Societe Generale, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase JPM -1.4%, the
Carlyle Group, Lehman Brothers, and Och-Ziff Capital
English: Muammar Qaddafi, the Libyan chief of state, attends
the 12th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb.
2, 2009. Qaddafi was elected chairman of the organization.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jitters throughout the U.S. mortgage market became an all
out meltdown after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008,
and along with the global financial system went the
investments of the LIA. Goldman Sachs effectively lost 98%
of the LIA's $1.3 billion investment, as I previously
reported. Societe Generale reportedly lost half of the $1.8
billion entrusted to it by the Libyans.
Now, after the fall of Gaddafi and armed with new
executives, the LIA is on the legal offensive. With London
as their battleground, they first sued Goldman Sachs this
January, accusing the Wall Street institution of
"deliberately exploiting the relationship of trust and
confidence it had established with the LIA to cause the LIA
to enter into each of the disputed [equity derivative]
trades," according to the Libya Herald. Goldman is said to
have netted $350 million in profit from the trades, which
included investments in Citigroup C -1.2%, Banco Santander, Allianz, Eni, UniCredit, Electricite de
France, and a basket of currencies. Initially worth $1.3
billion, the positions acquired between January and June of
2008 saw their value decimated, falling to a meager $25.1
million by February 2010. Goldman described the accusations
as "without merit."
Societe Generale was next. The LIA sued France's second
largest bank in March, accusing them of paying at least $58
million in bribes to a company close to the Gaddafi family,
while investing $1.8 billion on their behalf in complex
derivative deals that lost half their value by the time the
uprising began in February 2011, just a few months before
Gaddafi's death. According to the FT, SocGen paid a
Panamanian-registered firm named Leinada $58 million in
advisory services. The company, which has no expertise in
structuring derivative trades, is controlled by Libyan
businessman Walid Giahmi, who is accused of having been
close to Gaddafi's son Sai al-Islam; Giahmi, through his
lawyers, denies Leinada was ever used to pay public
officials. SocGen, who is accused of not reporting those
"advisory" fees in the contract signed with LIA, called the
Over in the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission and
the Justice Department are scrutinizing the relationship of
publicly traded hedge fund Och-Ziff with the LIA. In its
latest annual results, the hedge fund admits it's "received
subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission and
requests for information from the U.S. Department of Justice
in connection with an investigation involving the FCPA
[Foreign Corrupt Practices Act] and related laws" in
connection to "an investment by a foreign sovereign wealth
fund in some of the Och-Ziff funds in 2007 and investments
by some of the funds, both directly and indirectly, in a
number of companies in Africa." Also reportedly under
investigation are Blackstone and Credit Suisse.
With thanks to Jamaat al-Muslimeen Virginia
Osama bin Laden's Wife Reveals why his body cannot be found
According to the testimony of one of bin Laden's wives, who
was present at the time of the assault in the house, all
American commandos were blown up on board a helicopter along
with the body of bin Laden.
A native of Yemen, Amal Al-Sada, who personally witnessed
the martyrdom of bin Laden, told the real story, and
revealed the secret of the disappearance of his body (after
the publication, it was deleted by the criminal
administration of YouTube).
Here is her story:
- "When the attack started and soldiers began to descend
from helicopters, the brothers, who were in the house at the
time, entered into battle with them. The clash was heavy and
American soldiers and the Pakistani army soldiers were those
who attacked our house. They acted together.
There were so many of them. They quickly spread all over the
yard and the house. A fierce battle followed.
At the time of the assault, Osama was in his room. He
immediately took a gun and ran to the window. In the first
few minutes of the shooting, a bullet hit him in his face,
and he immediately accepted martyrdom, Insha'Allah.
And it was the grace of Allah for the Sheikh.
The Americans, after a while, entered the room and found
Sheikh Osama martyred.
They took the body, carried him out of the house and loaded
into a helicopter which belonged to American marines.
When the helicopter took off, while it was in the air, there
was a very loud explosion. Probably the helicopter was shot
down. It caught fire and exploded in the air. Parts of the
helicopter fell to the ground. Everyone in the helicopter
was killed, and their bodies were torn to pieces. The same
happened to the Sheikh's body.
The Americans wanted to show the martyred Sheikh Osama
around the world to demonstrate their victory, but Allah
destroyed their plans.
Allah took away from them even the body of Osama bin Laden.
They were left with nothing, so the Americans had to come up
with a story about his burial in the sea. Allah protected
Sheikh in life and protected him from his enemies after his
May Allah grant him martyrdom and Gardens of Firdaus in
higher degrees of Paradise!"
In addition to this story, recall that some time after the
events in Abbottabad, in August of 2011, the Americans
leaked, through Fox TV, that in Afghanistan, the Mujahideen
of the Islamic Emirate had shot down a helicopter which
belonged to "Team 6" of the American navy who participated
in the storm of the house of Emir of al-Qaeda. 22 "SEALS"
thugs were killed. Obama expressed his condolences to the
families and friends of the marines.
It is possible that this leak was an attempt to cover the
losses of Americans killed in the helicopter with the body
of Osama bin Laden and the marines in Abbottabad on the
night of May 2, 2011.
Department of Monitoring
Syrian Turkmen leader says Kasab Armenians treated well
Turkmen Assembly member Zohta refutes claims that opposition
fighters looted churches in the town of Kasab, which hosts
an Armenian community.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian opposition fighters have been sensitive in their
treatment of the Armenian community in the town of Kasab
since they captured it two weeks ago, a member of the Syrian
Turkmen Assembly has said.
Kasab, whose more than 2,000 inhabitants are mostly of
Armenian origin, is located in the northwestern province of
Latakia, Syria's main port city.
Izzet Zohta of the Assembly, which was formed in 2012 to
organize Turkmens in Syria, told AA on Saturday that some
international media outlets were publishing "false" claims
that opposition fighters had plundered churches in the
"Opposition fighters did not even touch the carpets in the
churches," Zohta said. "These claims are entirely baseless.
Those who defend them can come and see everything with their
A commander from the leading armed opposition group Free
Syrian Army, Anas Abu Malik told AA on Thursday of a media
campaign by the Syrian regime, which seeks to pressure the
opposition by claiming the residents were attacked after the
town was captured by the opposition army in late March.
Zohta said that Turkmens had been neighbors with Armenians
and Alawites for a long time in Syria.
"We have no problem with Armenians or Alawites. Several
countries, including Russia, Iran and a few European states
claim that there is a massacre in Kasab. Let them come and
see if a single Armenian was ever killed. It's a shame, this
is all nonsense," he said.
Zohta added that Syrian regime forces were dropping bombs on
Kasab, and they would be responsible for any damage dealt to
churches or any other buildings in the town.
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