Let's make it clear: Turkey's ally FSA rebels are 'heart-eating cannibals'

by The Region   Reuters  


The Western and Turkish media outlets portray the FSA as "freedom fighters". Indeed, there is an ugly side to the FSA that much of the Western media and its governmental supporters appear to be willfully neglecting.

As Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government continues to collaborate with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in Afrin operation, they drew all attention towards themselves.

Who are these Turkey's allies in Afrin offensive? 

The overwhelming and growing body of evidence showing that the group shares the same mentality with the Islamic State which has carried out many bloody inhumane attacks and murders in Syria.  

However, the FSA's war crimes and massacres show that the organisation is no different than the Islamic State (IS).

The FSA was organised in July 2011 by Colonel Riad al-Asaad who defected from the Syrian Air Force with the intention of overthrowing the government of Bashar al-Assad. 

During the Syrian Civil War, the boundary between FSA-linked groups and organisations such as the IS, the Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham was very permeable. Many FSA-linked groups joined the "Army of Conquest", the umbrella organisation led by the al-Qaeda-linked Ahrar al-Sham.

The FSA, the IS and al-Nusra fought together during the siege of Menagh base in Aleppo in 2013. Furthermore, the IS and FSA cooperated in the massacre in Latakia in 2014.

Following Russia entering the Syrian Civil War after September 2015, it was argued that 27 active FSA groups with 35 thousands of militants remained. The Pentagon put forth in 2013 that radical Islamist groups composed fifty percent of the FSA.

Columnist Dan Glazebrook wrote in Guardian in October 2015 that the portrayal of FSA groups "as moderate forces" was just a fantasy because the FSA militants arbitrarily murdered civilians, police forces and troops and plundered residences and schools.

Qatar-based Egyptian Islamic theologian and one of the ideologues of the Muslim Brothers, Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on the U.S. to make more arm support to the "Syrian" opposition in 2011, adding that they would not fight against Israel. He said that all the pro-Syrian government civilians, soldiers and scholars must be killed.

The FSA leader Akidi said, "We have excellent relations with brothers from the IS," after the IS and other jihadists sieged the Menagh air base in northern Aleppo. Salim Idris, the former military chief of FSA, told that they had cooperation with the Nusra Front.  

The FSA groups slit throats of Alawi police officers in June 2011 in the Syrian city of Jisr al-Shughur, 30 kilometres away from the Turkish border. That is marked as the first massacre of the "moderates" in Syria. This group murdered a Syrian soldier in 2015 in Jisr al-Shughur because he identified himself as Alawi.

Abu Saqqar, the commander of Muslim Brotherhood-linked FSA group Farouk Brigade, emboweled a Syrian soldier and bit his heart, saying, "We will eat your hearts and your livers you soldiers of Bashar, the dog."

It sounded like the most far-fetched propaganda claim - a Syrian rebel commander who cut out the heart of a fallen enemy soldier and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men.

The story turned out to be true in its most important aspect - a ritual demonstration of cannibalism - when BBC reporter met the commander.

The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the Western media, yet the conflict is being portrayed in simplistic black and white terms — as a battle between a dictator who brutalizes his people and the FSA, which is supposed to represent the aspirations and future freedom of the Syrian people.

Today, Western media and Western governments are choosing to turn a blind eye to Turkey's Afrin offensive with the helping hand of the FSA.