[Marxism] Fwd: Idlib’s Liberation Thoroughly Exposed the Pro-Assad Media | Unfettered Freedom For All!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 15 18:24:07 MDT 2015

Many different groups took part in the assault on regime positions in 
the city. Under the auspices of Jaish al-Fateh waere moderate(2) groups 
like the Free Syrian Army aligned Sham (Levant) Legion, as well as Jaysh 
al-Sunnah (Army of the Doctrine), another Free Syrian Army aligned group 
from Homs (the “capital of the revolution”), Islamist Liwa’a al-Haqq 
(Brigade of Truth), the jihadist group Jund al-Aqsa (Soldiers of 
al-Aqsa), the Salafist/Islamist Ahrar al-Sham (Free Men of the Levant) 
containing men of various degrees of faith, as well as the Independent 
Ajnad ash-Sham (Soldiers of the Levant) group. Also part of the 
coalition was the Islamist/jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra (Victory Front). All 
in all, a very effective mixture of groups that accurately sum up the 
patchwork nature of the revolution, united to free the city of Idlib.

Not that the media coverage would let you believe that for a split 
second. Headlines spewed forth from all corners of the internet and 
printed newspapers: “Al-Qaeda affiliate claims capture of Syrian city of 
Idlib”, screamed the Telegraph, attributing the capture of the city 
soley to “Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and other Islamist fighters”, 
superimposed alongside an image of Hafez al-Assad being smashed to 
pieces alongside bearded men. Little mention was given of other groups 
that took part. Their disconcerting stance was plain for all to see: in 
the post-9/11 age Assad is better by implication.

“Jihadist coalition captures checkpoints around city of Idlib” blared 
the Long War Journal, homogenising an alliance of moderate and Islamist 
groups as a coalition of jihadists. Assad’s murderous regime army were 
referred to as the “security forces”, and much emphasis was placed on 
the fact that they were allegedly under attack by “jihadists” using 
tactics like suicide bombings (only two such attacks occurred). A few 
days later, as if trying to squeeze in as many buzzwords to alarm the 
readership as possible, they published “Al Nusrah Front leader preaches 
jihadist unity in Idlib”. Yahoo News published “Qaeda’s Syria wing 
battles to enter regime-held Idlib” in which it claimed that  “coalition 
of rebels led by Al-Qaeda’s local branch” had started the battle against 
the government, and that the “opposition forces” carried out suicide 
bombings – showing no differentiation between the FSA groups and the 
jihadist Jund al-Aqsa whatsoever.

The glittering pinnacle of journalism that is the Daily Mail, in what 
must be the laziest piece of Syria-related journalism of the last few 
weeks, published a video from Idlib city with Syrian opposition logos on 
it from the Binnish revolution Facebook page… Claiming that Da’esh had 
captured the city of Idlib. Even though they’re nowhere near Idlib province.


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