With all the talk about a ceasefire for the Muslim holy holiday of “Eid Al-Adha”, people are forgetting the arrival in Syria of the great Muslim Viceroy of the Caliph Abdul-Malik Ibn Marwan Ibn Al-Hakam to Iraq.  Oh, he’s not making a big deal out of his assignment in Idlib – he’s just checking out the new troops he’ll be commanding when destruction will rain down on that rat-infested city; destruction that will come with never-before-seen bombers dropping mysterious floating barrels that spray a conical tent of mist and sucks the air out of rodents’ lungs.  And he’s not flaunting the new assignment entrusted to him by his new commander, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad.  No.  Nothing like that. But, he did make a speech yesterday to the people of Idlib which he broadcast by loudspeaker:

ولله إنّي لأرى رؤوساً أينعت وقد حان قطافها وإنّي لصاحبها وإنّي لارى الدماء ترقرق بين العمائم واللحي والله يا أهل إدلب أنّ الدكتور الأسد نثر كنانته بين يديه فعجم عيدانها فوجدني  امرّها عوداً واصلبها مكسراً فرماكم بي  

Since your editor is a Michigan Supreme Court Certified interpreter and translator, not to mention having been a Ph.D student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at the Department of Near Eastern Studies (before he bailed out and became a lawyer) where he taught two years of Advanced Intensive Modern Literary Arabic as a teaching fellow for professors Raji Rammuni and Ernest Abdel-Massih, he will translate this immortal text for you:

“By God, verily I see before me heads, ripened (like grapes), and whose time for plucking has come.  Verily I am the owner of these (heads).  Indeed I see before me blood (like wine) mixing between the turbans and the beards.  By God, Oh inhabitants of Idlib,  Dr. Assad spread out, between his hands, the (arrows) in his quiver and put their wood to the test; and he found me the hardest of the wood and the most unbreakable. Thus, he (took aim and) shot me at you.”    (Trans. Ziad Abu Fadel, Esq.)

 The new “Axis of Terror”: Saudi Arabia, “Israel” and Turkey.  The man in the picture is harmless. 

In other news from Syria,  militia is heading for the northeastern mountainous areas of Latakia Province where difficult fighting with remnant terrorists is expected to start in a few days.  Our militiamen have completed several weeks of training in anti-insurgency methods and are expected to be more than a match for the apes and human waste deployed by NATO terrorism-enablers.  Many militiamen will be assigned to protect orchards that produce much of Syria’s fruit for internal consumption and export.  The terrorists have been known to deliberately torch orchards (as in mostly Sunni, Haffeh) cultivated by indigenous Alawi and Christian farmers.  These Christian orchard owners include my father-in-law in Slinfeh.  My wife, Aida,  and I also have a home in that town which we just finished building with her sisters.

In Aleppo, Syrian security forces have successfully laid a whole series of ambushes for the foreign killers, some of whom were found to be of Pakistani and Afghan origin.  Wael in Latakia says that more and more terrorists from Pashtun areas of western Pakistan and southern Afghanistan are turning up.  They are not viewed as effective fighters but are “dangerous as suicide bombers”.  Syrian soldiers, he tells me, do not take chances once they have identified Central Asian Jihadists;  they kill them without asking questions.  Chechens seem different, he adds.  They are less likely to commit suicide once trapped.  In cases where Chechens have been captured and interrogated,  they tell almost the same story about being involved in a war of liberation for the people of Syria who are oppressed by a non-Muslim government.  According to Wael,  one Chechen, he thinks was named Ezzetine Solimanov, told interrogators that when he started to notice that the people of Syria seemed satisfied with their government, he wanted to go back home but was told he couldn’t by a Turkish officer.  He was threatened with death.

Chechens, Wael said, are particularly dangerous only because they look more like Syrians than the Sub-continent types and the North Africans.  Libyans are very easy to spot as are most Saudi and Gulf terrorists.  “You can spot Saudi mercenaries because they are not physically fit.  They also do not blend in because of their very pronounced Jihadist look, beards, head wraps and baggy pants. “Once we spot a Saudi, we kill him.”  

The man at the far right in this gallery of scoundrels and murders is a Chechen.  His name was not listed for me in the communication I received.  The man on the far left is Egyptian who was bought for $25.00 per day.  The other three are unidentified but are definitely not Saudi.  

The war in Aleppo is now nothing more than a disturbingly slow process of finding and killing small units of terrorists who survive off their mobility and willingness to terrify civilians whose homes they often commandeer.  While life in most of Aleppo is normal,  central areas of the old city and northeastern suburbs remain off-limits to ordinary business.  The army is confident, however, that the mercenary-terrorists are losing heart.      

Monzer sent me an e-mail describing a very normal Damascus with occasional sounds of firefights on the outskirts.  He says the exploding cars are of minor importance.  People accept their existence just as they do in Iraq and Lebanon.  He also says that we should be watching the Jordanians who have become “paranoid” about Salafists in their midst. 

These are the soldiers of Syria whose photos are deliberately ignored in the Western press to make them seem inhuman.  Here, they are welcomes by a Syrian citizen.  

I’m waiting for news from Aslan and Garabed in Southern Turkey.