Fighting continues in northern Syria – as NATO-backed Al Qaeda militants desecrate churches, displace local population, and impose “Sharia law.”
March 28, 2014 (Mimi Al Laham) – Fighting on the Syrian-Turkish border near the northwestern Syrian town of Kassab
between AlQaeda insurgents Jabhat Al Nusra and the Syrian military
continues for the fifth day.
Point 45, a strategic hilltop overlooking Latakia’s countryside and Kassab, was regained by the Syrian army, initially lost to the mlitants flooding in from the Turkish side of the border.
Meanwhile the insurgents are reported to have moved through Kassab village reaching the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
No Response from the Predictably Silent United Nations
The Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashaar
al Jaafari, has sent an official letter to the UN Security Council regarding Turkey’s support of the Al Qaeda offensive in Syria. Early in the battle
Turkey shot down a Syrian jet firing at Al Qaeda targets flooding in
from the Turkish border. In turn Russia proposed a UN Security Council statement on Al Qaeda’s shelling of Latakia province.
Armenians gathered Wednesday
outside UN Commission headquarters in the
Armenian capital Yerevan to protest what they saw as a Turkish-led
Al Qaeda attack on
the Armenian village in Kassab. Thousands of Armenians settled in Syria
after the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The
Attack on Kassab resulted in thousands of Armenians fleeing the area.
|Image: infographic from Armenian media Emedia.|
“We condemn UN silence over
this crime and believe that it is a tacit approval of Turkey’s
conduct,” the protestors told journalists.
Protesters handed the UN
Commission a letter that condemned the attack, describing it as a
violation of international law and a breach of international
The Armenian president thanked the Syrian government for protecting Armenians in Kassab in a press conference, while on Wednesday members of Armenian parliament visited Latakia and met with Kassab Armenians to report on the situation.
|Image: Armenians protest the United Nations silence on AlQaeda’s attack in Yervan|
The Al Qaeda
affiliated insurgents launching the offensive have ransacked churches (as they have in other areas of Syria),
removing all crosses and removing the faces from many statues. The
insurgents also began seizing and destroying alcohol citing that it is now contraband under their version of “Sharia law.” Early signs of the Sharia courts have been seen in other rebel held areas in the country.
|Images: AlQaeda militants tweet that they have removed all crosses from churches and that alcohol is now contra ban.|