Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

July 22, 2016

The beheading of a Palestinian child by Syrian rebels–none of it is true except the beheading

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 9:21 pm

Earlier this week the Baathist amen corner was all abuzz over the bestiality of a group called Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki that beheaded a 12-year-old Palestinian civilian named Abdullah al-Issa who was on his way to a hospital for treatment according to the Baathist media.

Moon of Alabama, a prime outlet for Baathist and Kremlin propaganda, posted this article:

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Mint Press accepted the regime’s story as genuine as did Daniel Lazare on Consortium News. Mint News, of course, is the sleazy Baathist outlet that published an article about the rebels in East Ghouta being responsible for the Sarin gas massacre that was disavowed by the reporter whose byline was attached to the article without her permission. Meanwhile Lazare, who is otherwise a reasonable person, turns into a stark raving madman when dealing with Syria.

This week Syrian, Russian and American jets have been killing civilians in huge numbers and this is the subject that these filthy propagandists want to put on the front burner. They would make Joseph Goebbels blanch in horror.

The only thing worth mentioning is that killing captive soldiers is wrong, whether by a firing squad as the Red Army did in the Russian Civil War or by a sword. Given the horrors that the Baathists and their ghoulish allies  have visited on the Syrian people over the past 5 years, it is a miracle that this kind of retribution doesn’t take place every day.


Thursday, 21/07/2016 (updated) at 17:24 (GMT)

Boy beheaded by Syrian rebels was ’19-year-old regime fighter’

A Syrian who was beheaded by a rebel group in Aleppo this week was a 19-year-old pro-regime fighter suffering from a growth defect and not a child, activists have claimed.

He was named as Abdullah al-Issa and that his family members said he was a 19-year-old who volunteered to fight with the regime’s National Defence Forces militias.

Other social media users said he was from the Alawite village of Wadi al-Dahab in Homs, and photos emerged allegedly showing his funeral in the area.

Issa was said to be suffering from thalassemia, which led to a growth defect that made him appear to be a child. Photos shared of Issa online show him in military fatigues and carrying a rifle.

“This boy, whose [beheading] has caught the world’s attention is my cousin Abdullah Issa from Wadi al-Dahab district of Homs, and he suffers from thalassemia,” his alleged cousin – Loly Alamora [“Loly the cutie”] – wrote on her Facebook page.

“That is why he appears younger than his age, but he is 19-years-old.”

Banners reading “I am Syrian” with Issa’s picture were put up [Facebook]

The Syrian regime had earlier claimed that Issa was a 12-year-old Palestinian civilian who was on his way to hospital for treatment when he was picked up by militants from the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki rebel group.

His murder caused outrage, particularly as he appeared to be a child.

He was initially reported to be a child fighter with pro-government militia Liwa al-Quds.

Facebook account user Zoze Aisa – alleging to be Issa’s sister – posted a series of angry comments about regime claims he was Palestinian.

“He is the son of Assad’s Syria,” she wrote, referring to the Syrian president.

A picture of Issa posing with weaponry was shared on the social media platform [Facebook]

“How can they turn a brave Syrian fighter into a Palestinian refugee?” she claimed.

The account user listed the exact locations where Issa had allegedly fought to “defend his country”.

This included Palmyra, Jebel Shaar, T4 airport, Hama and Homs. He would spend month-long deployments on the front-lines before returning home for medical treatment.

Issa’s cousin confirmed that he had suffered from the growth defect, but rather than staying behind to receive medical care chose to fight for Syrian regime forces.

An image of Issa’s alleged national ID card was circulated online, showing that he had joined the ranks of the National Defence Forces militia umbrella in August 2015.

Issa was beheaded by members of the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki rebel group in Syria’s Handarat district, just a few miles north of Aleppo.

The rebel group – who have received US-backing in the past – said that the killing was a “mistake” committed by some of its members. The murderers are allegedly being held by rebels who are investigating their cases.



  1. Did you mean Joseph Goebbels or Hermann Goering in the 4th paragraph?

    Comment by uh...clem — July 23, 2016 @ 12:05 am

  2. Goebbels. He was Minister of Propaganda. But I got the first name wrong! Oops.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 23, 2016 @ 12:06 am

  3. Much of the Baathist and western media is reporting the crime was carried out by a “CIA-backed” or “US-backed” group, like the Moon of Alabama piece above. Just some clarity. Zinki is neither fully FSA, nor ‘hard-Islamist’; it is an independent militia that is part of the range of vaguely “Islamist-leaning” or “soft-Islamist” militias aligned with the FSA. It does not push ‘fundamentalist’ repression, and it has never before been accused of a crime of this nature, and of course even in this case, Zinki has condemned the crime, allegedly arrested the men and is is investigating with a view to punishment etc (here is an English translation of their statement: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4355260277398&set=p.4355260277398&type=3&theater).

    Now, Zinki is not a “CIA-backed group;” whatever support it once got was cut off from around mid-2015 (https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/566544-major-aleppo-rebel-faction-relinquishing-armed-posts), and moreover, Jordan (on US-Russia behest) placed Zinki on the list of “terrorist” groups to be excluded from the “peace process” (about half the insurgency was placed on that list (https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/566390-cia-vetted-aleppo-rebels-lash-out-at-jordan). Regardless of what turns out to be the truth of this horrific crime apparently carried out by some depraved members of the group – and if true, Zinki needs to shoot the perpetrators, as demanded by countless Syrian revolution activists – it was an absurd idea that this fighting group was in any sense “terrorist”, and the label merely reflected US/Russian political consensus. Even the term “CIA-backed” simply means that a group receives some support (however much or little, and whether lethal or non-lethal) through the Military Operations Centre (MOC) in Turkey, composed of some western and Arab intelligence figures. As is widely documented, the main role of the CIA has been to limit the quantity, quality and destinations of weapons sent mostly from the Gulf. That Zinki used to get support means the CIA didn’t block such aid; that support was cut off probably indicates a CIA decision to block them.

    Comment by mkaradjis — July 23, 2016 @ 3:07 am

  4. “rebel” propaganda. disgusting proyect, you are better than this. or maybe not.

    Comment by l.a.paka — July 24, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

  5. I’d reply to this if I had a better idea of the point you were trying to make. Do you still believe that he was a 10 year old boy on his way to a medical appointment that jihadists just picked out at random and beheaded? That’s what walking garbage like Moon of Alabama argues.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 24, 2016 @ 4:34 pm

  6. You don’t cut off someone’s head by “mistake.” This was a barbaric act, whatever the reason, and the U.S. has no business supporting the group that perpetrated it nor how old the victim. I’m sure the “investigation” of these murderers will be just as thorough as that of the American butchers who bombed that hospital in Afghanistan.

    I’m not pro-Russian, or pro-Assad, I’m just anti-psychopath, and all of the world “leaders” responsible for the destruction of Syria–including the Americans–have demonstrated by their actions that they are pure psychopaths.

    Comment by Karl Kolchak — July 24, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

  7. If anybody said it was a “mistake”, they are wrong. You don’t behead someone by accident. It is a bestial act. That being said, it is obviously the kind of act that is motivated by hatred and a deeply felt need for retaliation. If Assad had not been bombing hospitals and the like, I would believe that such incidents would not be occurring. As an analogy, the Red Army raped thousands of German women as it marched toward Berlin and killed German captives wantonly. Nobody would defend such actions but seen in historical context, they are symptoms of total war and not surprising.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 24, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

  8. What exactly is the point here? He was still beheaded. The US government still supports overthrowing Assad, destroying the central government and letting radical head choppers turn Syria into another distopian wasteland.

    Comment by TimmyB — July 24, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

  9. TimmyB, I have no idea where you get your information on Syria from but it is total bullshit. The USA does not support overthrowing Assad and is now working closely with Russia to target ISIS, al-Nusra and any rebel group that works with al-Nusra. You need to read a newspaper rather than the back of cereal boxes.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 24, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

  10. Didn’t think you could sink deeper.

    Comment by Tadhg Morris — July 24, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

  11. Tadhg, do you still believe the bullshit that the rebels picked out a 10 year old at random and decided to chop his head off for fun? Are you really that stupid?

    Comment by louisproyect — July 24, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

  12. What disgusting apologetics. He clearly is younger than 19, whatever is said by Baathist propagandists wishing to downplay their enlistment of child soldiers.
    The real revolutionary forces, the Rojava-based left-wing forces never kill or mistreat prisoners of war.
    Proyect condemns the Rojava-based revolutionaries for (allegedly) roughing up protesters, yet thinks beheading kids is “understandable given the context”.
    There is no difference between Proyect and the Assad defenders he loves polemicising against other than which monsters they choose to justify.

    Comment by tony — July 25, 2016 @ 12:37 am

  13. Because the Kurds maneuvered to cut a non-aggression pact with Assad, they haven’t experienced anything like the horrors in Aleppo and Homs. That makes them a bit more “civilized”. In Turkey, when they were suffering much more violence, they were far more “uncivilized”.

    In the early 1990s, the PKK executed bakers that delivered bread to army bases, burnt down and killed the owners of fuel stations that served the authorities in the areas they were active in. They forbid the distribution of Turkish newspapers and the watching of Turkish television channels, forcing the inhabitants to remove their antennae. The inhabitants were banned from joining any Turkish political party and were forced to get the approval of the PKK if they were to run for local offices. The PKK attacked schools as they were seen as “emblems of Turkish imperialism” that belonged to the “colonial assimilation system”; 47 teachers were killed in 1993 alone. A justification for the killing of teachers was that they taught Turkish to Kurdish children.[266] According to Amnesty International reports in 1997, the PKK has killed and tortured Kurdish peasants and its own members that were against them in the 1980s.


    Comment by louisproyect — July 25, 2016 @ 12:57 am

  14. The youth beheaded was 14, as reported in link below, the site of highly reputable Professor Joshua Landis.

    When it comes to all things Syria, best to avoid Louis Proyect.


    Comment by don — July 25, 2016 @ 1:31 am

  15. This is now the 5th comment that tacitly accepts that the Moon of Alabama and all the other websites I referred to in my article were printing lies emanating out of Assadist media. It does not matter if he was 14 or 19 or 35. He was a member of a Baathist militia as has been universally accepted, including the BBC that wrote a correction. The issue is not whether he should have been killed, either by a bullet or an axe. Captive soldiers do not deserve to be killed. When one incident occurs that is attributed to the rebels, the Assadist propaganda machine goes into high gear. It is regrettable that people are now trying to spread the Baathist talking points on my blog. Since you have all posted here before, I wonder how I went wrong in accepting anything you ever commented on in the past if this intervention is an indication of how degraded you are.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 25, 2016 @ 1:45 am

  16. firstly, sources. secondly, what the pkk may or may not have done in the 1990s is a hundred percent irrelevant to what the Rojava-based revolutionary forces are doing in Syria today. thirdly, my thesis that Proyect has exactly the same mentality as the leftists he calls the Baathist amen corner is demonstrated by this gem “Because the Kurds maneuvered to cut a non-aggression pact with Assad, they haven’t experienced anything like the horrors in Aleppo and Homs.” A disgusting lie. Rojava has been attacked by all sides. Furthermore, if you want to talk about Aleppo, what about the neighbourhood of Şêxmeqsûd? Bombed by Ba’athists, but also attacked by Nusra, ISIS and the monsters that Proyect hails as revolutionaries. Ironically, last year some of Proyect’s co-thinkers were all sharing pictures of a women-led peace march in Aleppo as evidence of the revolutionary politics of these monsters. The march in question was actually organised by Şêxmeqsûd-based activists aligned with the PYD.

    Comment by tony — July 25, 2016 @ 1:55 am

  17. Tony, when you come here now to spread Baathist talking points, you are showing how much you have been influenced by the PYD.


    PYD leader reveals hidden relationship between PYD, Assad

    Published July 27, 2015

    Idris Nassan, the deputy responsible for the foreign affairs of the Kobani administration in northern Syria, has reportedly thanked Turkey for its recent success in carrying out airstrikes on the terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-Chair Salih Muslim said in an interview with Al-Hayat magazine that they will allow the return of Syrian regime forces to Rojava and that the PYD’s People’s Protection Units (YPG) will join forces in that case. In this regard, Can Acun, a prominent expert on Middle Eastern politics from the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), said: “The PKK and PYD – the PKK’s arm in Syria – have long acted in coordination with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the recent remarks by Muslim signal an undercover threat to the U.S.” Additionally, Middle East reporter Çetiner Çetin spoke to Daily Sabah and also underlined that the long-hidden relationship between Assad’s forces and the PYD has been revealed and that such a call may benefit the weakened Assad forces.


    Comment by louisproyect — July 25, 2016 @ 2:21 am

  18. Proyect is now citing Turkey’s most pro-Erdoğan paper. Someone remind me what he said about those who cite Press TV or RT.com

    Comment by tony — July 25, 2016 @ 2:31 am

  19. It doesn’t matter. I could quote any newspaper and you would shrug it off. That is what you do as a two-bit shyster Assadist tool.


    Bashar al-Assad’s regime has signed a secret non-aggression pact with the PYD [Kurdish Democratic Party], the major Kurdish party in Syria. Since the start of the insurrection, the regime has been granting Syrian nationality to hundreds of thousands of Kurds who had lost it in the 1960s, as well as to stateless Kurds. We estimate some 60,000 people have benefited from this measure.

    The regime has also allowed Kurds to speak the Kurdish language and exercise their cultural traditions. The authorities in Syria have clearly sought to placate the PYD, which is a branch of the PKK [the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a guerrilla group fighting against the Turkish state for an independent Kurdistan] and whose members have large stockpiles of weapons. The regime’s sudden acts of goodwill towards the Kurds are also explained by its desire, since the beginning of the uprising, to show the international community that it cares about the fate of its minorities.

    In July, the Syrian army outright withdrew from Kurdish areas in the north of the country, such as the towns of Derik, Ayn al-Arab, and Afrin, which have since come under PYD control. The PYD now controls the administration of Kurdish majority regions and its defence committees manage security in the region. In exchange for this, the PYD has committed to not supporting the revolution and to preventing the FSA – which it suspects was created by its enemy Turkey – from entering Kurdish areas.

    Comment by louisproyect — July 25, 2016 @ 2:35 am

  20. How about some intellectual honesty, Proyect? If I’m a two-bit Assadist tool how come Assadists like Dr Tim Anderson write more articles denouncing me than they do you? You accuse me of supporting Assad, the Assadists accuse me of supporting the monsters you support.
    But your right about one thing, I will shrug off a four-year-old article from French establishment media.

    Comment by tony — July 25, 2016 @ 2:56 am

  21. “The real revolutionary forces, the Rojava-based left-wing forces never kill or mistreat prisoners of war”. Depends who you talk to. According t the YPG, you are correct. According to numerous other sources, however … Martyrdom of one of Tel Abyad revolutionist at YPG prisons http://www.raqqa-sl.com/en/?p=1432

    Comment by mkaradjis — July 27, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

  22. your link doesn’t work

    Comment by tony — July 27, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

  23. Works fine for me, just opened it.

    Comment by mkaradjis — July 28, 2016 @ 2:57 am

  24. When Syrian rebels execute Assad or Iraqi soldiers, everyone gets outraged.

    But when Assad, Kurdish or Iraqi soldiers execute Syrian rebels, everyone stays silent.

    Why this double standard? It’s because Assad, the Kurds and the Iraqi soldiers are perceived to be the “good guys”; while the Syrian rebels are the bad guys.

    So even if you can convince that the beheaded Palestinian person was actually a fighter, it won’t make any difference to lessen their outrage. There is a YouTube video where Islamic State members had cut off a hand and a foot from a boy fighting for the Syrian regime against the Islamic State, who refused to pledge allegiance to ISIS, and if you see the comments, everyone is really outraged and there’s a top comment with hundreds of upvotes advocating nuking the Islamic State.

    This is only proof that they only care when supposed “good guys” are being punished or executed, no matter if the “good guy” is a fighter or civilian. When an article in DailyMail presented the fact that Jaysh al-Islam had executed IS fighters, nearly everyone in the comments applauded.


    Justin Raimondo of AntiWar.com is pissed off by the fact that some Syrian rebels behead their opponents:

    Also see Raimondo’s claim that the U.S. is defending “Syrian rebels” with their air force, which is an absurd claim. The Baathist Amen Corner conspiracy theorists interpreted the fact that the U.S. is defending the Kurds from Syrian warplanes, to also mean that U.S. warplanes are also defending non-Kurdish rebels, without even a shred of evidence.


    Comment by 3D Face Analysis — August 23, 2016 @ 10:48 pm

  25. I referred to the wrong video in my last comment. This was the actual video of the Syrian boy being amputated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7cRnh48Tj0

    Comment by 3D Face Analysis — August 23, 2016 @ 11:03 pm

  26. In that video, “Let’s nuke all these ninjas” is the second top comment with 132 upvotes.

    But realize how ironic when they claim that they are advocating for military intervention against ISIS for “humanitarian reasons” when the real reason they advocate for intervention against ISIS is due to their anger against ISIS.

    Another commenter on a different site explained his true intentions for advocating Western military intervention against ISIS:

    Reading shit like this makes my blood boil so much. I want to start a western renegade rebel force composed of western neo-colonialists (We’ll call ourselves The Neo-Crusaders) and Christian uncut Arabs in Syria and Iraq (I want nothing to do with dick-cutting savages). How is this going to be different from the US/Canadian forces already there? We’re going to be especially ruthless. We’re not going to take any orders from some normie American military sergeant. Fuck Human Rights violations. Our philosophy is to be mad aggressive. Civilian casualties or not. We’re going to kill all those fucking ISIS towelheads. We’re going to finish their circumcisions if you know what I mean. Chop their cocks right off. And we’re going to fuck their wives right in front of them before they bleed out. Big white cock style. And we’ll give free abortions to all Yazidi girls who were impregnated by these filthy sand niggers. And they will be all like “alienfranco, you’re my hero!” and then want to be impregnated with our white semen. And then we’ll establish an Autistic Socialist Republic in the Levant/Iraq (with me as Supreme Leader) where western secularism will prevail and we will liberate Arab and Kurdish sluts with big white uncircumcised cock and NEETbux.

    Comment by 3D Face Analysis — August 23, 2016 @ 11:15 pm

  27. Iraqi soldiers executes suspected Islamic State fighters:

    I see no comments condemning their execution of alleged Islamic State captives except for cheers and justifications for more executions.

    Comment by 3D Face Analysis — August 29, 2016 @ 11:59 am

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