The Truth about Aleppo

Is the media preparing you for a ground invasion?

Syrian Map
Syrian Map

The media has been showing you video of thousands of “refugees” waiting at the border crossings at the Syrian-Turkish border, most recently, at the Bab al-Salam crossing just north of Aleppo city. In many of the Internet articles, they run with the headline:

We will keep the border open for Aleppo refugees, says Turkey

But ask yourself: Why aren’t mobs of Christians ever waiting at the border crossings? And who exactly are these Muslim “refugees” who wait at the border crossing?

Over the last few weeks, Syrian Armed Forces have been liberating Christian towns from Islamist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Jaish al-Fateh. The Christians in these towns have been going through hell. Their churches were used for beheadings, crucifixions, torture, and even drownings in buckets of water. These towns are near the Aleppo border crossing being shown recently in western media. So why isn’t there an exodus of Christians?

The media has been saying that “Assad Forces” are attacking civilians in Aleppo and they show you video of thousands of “refugees” waiting at the border crossing at the Turkish border just north of Aleppo city. They want you to focus on Aleppo. So let’s focus on Aleppo.

During the last four years, Turkey’s President Erdogan and Saudi Arabian prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud joined forces in backing Islamic groups in Syria trying to overthrow the current Syrian government, a secular, quasi-democratic system of government in which various sectors of society are represented in an elected Parliament, and their rights of equality and freedoms are protected in a well-defined Constitution.

About a year ago, Saudi Arabia and Turkey created a coalition army, an army with several divisions so it could spread itself throughout Syria. This army is Jaish al-Fateh. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia fund and arm Jaish al-Fateh.

Jaish al-Fateh was immediately successful. Their first offensive captured almost the entire province of Idlib (where they massacred entire villages of Syrian civilians). Jaish al-Fateh has been a major force to contend with because funds and arms are limitless and Turkey funnels weapons into Syria via its borders. There has been an endless supply of well-armed fighters crossing into Syria from the Turkish border at Aleppo.

Jaish al-Fateh controls the Aleppo border crossing, Bab al-Salam. This is the border crossing that western media is blitzing you with via videos of alleged “refugees”. This is a border totally controlled by Jaish al-Fateh.

Since December 2015 the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces have been able to push back Jaish al-Fateh in the northern parts of Syria (the borders with Turkey). The Syrian Army has been advancing in Aleppo even though Turkey and Saudi Arabia have tried to undermine every advance with added fighters and arms via the Turkish border, most specifically at the Bab al-Salam crossing—controlled by Jaish al-Fateh.

There has been non-stop inflow of new fighters for Jaish al-Fateh, but also for al-Qaeda, and even ISIS, via the Turkish border.

Over the last few months, the Syrian Armed Forces have been liberating the towns along the Turkish border. After liberating a town from Islamists, the Syrian Army then arms and trains volunteers from these towns and creates “Protection Units”. The towns are then able to defend themselves from future attacks from Islamist groups. In this way, the Syrian Armed Forces can move elsewhere to liberate more towns from foreign Islamist control. The Syrian people are turning this war around and are no longer losing their country to Islamist groups.

The Obama Admin realized that they are losing the battle to defeat the Syrian Armed Forces.

Once it became obvious that the US and its allies were losing, the Obama Admin, with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, decided to push for “peace talks” in Geneva. But this was a deception. The “negotiators” in the so-called “peace talks” were hardcore foreign Islamist groups and not Syrian nationals. The Syrian people balked at the idea of non-Syrian groups, who they consider to be Terrorists, were about to decide Syria’s future. The “negotiators” were the leaders of Jaish al-Fateh and other foreign groups (callled “opposition” groups by the Obama admin).

Russia then made the suggestion that “terrorist lists” be created first, so that foreign terrorist groups did not participate in Syria’s future. This made sense and the “peace talks” were ended.

Immediately following the “peace talks” the propaganda campaign you are now seeing in the news began. The Obama Admin and its allies do not want to lose this battle for Islam. They want Syria to be run by Islamic Law.

This last two weeks, the Syrian Army, in coordination with the National Defense Forces of Aleppo, which includes Syrian-Kurd and Syrian-Armenian (Christian) troops, have been liberating neighborhoods of Aleppo city from Islamic “opposition” groups.

The Obama Admin, Turkey and Saudi Arabia do not want to lose Aleppo, so you are being blasted with a heavy dose of propaganda.

Last week Saudi Arabia announced it will send ground troops to help the US-backed coalition to fight ISIS. Syria immediately said no because Saudi Arabia not only supplies and funds Jaish al-Fateh, but also al-Qaeda in Syria and their affiliates. It was obvious to the Syrian people that this was another ploy to enter Syria to fight with the various foreign Islamists who inflict terror and impose Islamic Law.

During the last few days the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies, i.e. Kurdish forces, Armenian Christians, and other troops from the National Defense Forces (who actually live in Aleppo) are close to wrapping up the removal of foreign Islamists from Aleppo city. Hence the media blitz of propaganda intensified. It is highly likely that “boots on the ground” will be promoted before the fight for Aleppo is over. But there’s more: Is there another type of boots on the ground, or ground “invasion” being plotted? Via “refugees”?

Aleppo’s Bab al-Salam border crossing is controlled by the Turkish-Saudi army of Jaish al-Fateh. Four other border crossings at the Turkish border are controlled by ISIS.

Jaish al-Fateh and ISIS control who is allowed to cross into Turkey. Give that some thought.

Which “refugees” do you think Jaish al-Fateh and ISIS will choose to let through? And where exactly will these “refugees” go? And who exactly are these people—the alleged refugees? They are not Christians, Alewite or Kurds (whose villages dominate the border areas and whose villages are repeatedly attacked).

ISIS holds an enormous amount of territory (see map). They control four border crossings into Turkey: Jarablus, Ain al-Arab, Tal Abiad, and Ras al-Ain.

ISIS has many training camps. They even have specialized training camps for women and children. An estimated 75,000-100,000 foreign Islamists went to Syria in 2015 to train and fight for Islam. It has been estimated that 10% of these were women. Could it be possible that these fighters are now leaving Syria to go fight for Islam elsewhere?

Obama says Americans should welcome women and children “refugees” into America–that we have nothing to be afraid of. But since ISIS controls most of the borders into Turkey (where refugees are then funneled to Europe and the west), and since ISIS has trained 75,000-100,000 fighters last year, it is very likely that these are not “refugees”.

Another important fact: Foreign Islamists who are injured in battle in Syria, including ISIS members, are allowed to cross over into Turkey to get medical treatment via the “border crossings”. And, in one area near a border crossing, the Turkish government built an exclusive hospital for ISIS and other wounded Islamists. Give that some thought the next time you see your media showing you videos of refugees or telling you that “Assad Forces” are killing civilians.

Cheri Berens lives in Egypt working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She experienced Egypt’s 2011 and 2013 revolutions and witnessed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover and violence that followed.