Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s Propaganda And War In Syria

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On January 5, SouthFront released an analysis entitled “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham: History, Capabilities, Role In Syrian War“. This video provides an additional look at the terrorist group’s media capabilities and propaganda efforts during the Syrian war.

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On January 5, SouthFront released an analysis entitled “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham: History, Capabilities, Role In Syrian War“. This video provides an additional look at the terrorist group’s media capabilities and propaganda efforts during the Syrian war.
This video provides an additional look at the terrorist group’s media capabilities and propaganda efforts during the Syrian war.

Origins

At the end of March 2012, “Statement No. 1” (http://aljahad.com/vb/showthread.php?t=17526) was published on behalf of a previously unknown organisation called Jabhat al-Nusra on the pro-al-Qaida website “Global Jihad Network” (http://aljahad.com) (Currently neither of these links is working).

Later it was introduced under its full name – Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-ahli ash-Shām, and after of series of re-brandings got its current name – Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

The original statement was written in Arabic. Subsequently a statement was written in English, addressed to potential supporters who either don’t understand Arabic well enough or don’t understand it at all. Many responded to this call for mobilization, which is indeed what it was. Not only Arabs from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon etc. responded, but also Europeans – French, British, Kosovars, Albanians and Germans as well as Asians – Pakistanis, Uighurs, Uzbeks, etc.

Thus, we can conclude that, from that moment on, al-Qaida propaganda was spread not only in Arabic, in which the lion’s share of material continues to be published, but also in English, French, German, Dari, Pashto, Persian, Turkish and Russian.

We should note that in the statement itself there is a link to the al-Qaida site “the White Minaret” (Arab.: al-Manara al-Bayda). This is a common technique among Al-Qaida managers and supervisors: propaganda or mobilization campaigns are conducted on a broad scale, using a variety of Internet resources including the opportunities of global television.

For example, the Qatari “al-Jazeera”, which broadcasts not only in Arabic but also in English. Therefore, labeling al-Nusra as Al-Qaida is a way of mobilizing al-Qaida reservists from various countries around the world.

The very fact of this statement’s publication on al-Qaida Internet resources immediately identified al-Nusra as a division of al-Qaida. The above statement is in line with the statements of such groups and al-Qaida leaders as “al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb”, “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula”, the Somali “al-Shabab” and the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”.

Means and Methods

Currently, the official mouthpiece of the movement is the website https://ebaa-agency.com. In addition, there are a number of sites targeting audiences of one or other foreign-language country. For example, shamcenter.site, the Voice of Sham (Russ.: Golos Shama).

After another rebranding in January 2017, some rather well known media groups, such as al-Maqalaat, Fursan al-Sham, al-Fustaat, Bilad al-Sham, Life in Syria and al-Muwahideen, expressed their support for the group.

By the middle of 2017, the leadership of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which is based in the Syrian province of Idlib, came to the natural conclusion that its official mainstream propaganda does not meet the requirements for any of the possible criteria: efficiency, coverage and scope.

The news agency https://ebaa-agency.com published only in Arabic and was designed to work with Arabic-speaking audiences. To spread propaganda, convey their viewpoint and recruit new militants, it needed to be provided in other languages.

In connection with the formal rupture of relations between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaida, and with the military failures of the past two years, the group is not able to use the news resources of al-Qaida to recruit supporters.

So, for news coverage in Russian, the movement’s propagandists created a project called the “Voice of Sham”, employing a group of activists, who had previously covered events in Syria through accounts in the popular social networks.

Most of the budget for the new site was allocated to video news and stories. Initially they showed how the Syrians were coping with day to day problems and videos live from the fighting positions of the militants that support HTS ideology.

In an effort to diversify the format of the material on the “Voice of Sham” produces news videos, frontline reports and a kind of sociological surveys among the civilians of Idlib.

In fairness, it should be said that the advocates of the movement are trying to create the appearance of objectivity, sometime including in the video people who refused to appear on camera or had a positive view of life under the government.

One of the distinguishing features of the movement’s media work is its unhealthy predilection for  openly fake news. For example, in one of the video clips they show “indisputable evidence of the atrocities of the Russian invaders in Chechnya”, which in fact turned out to be excerpts from the 2014 film “The Search” by French director Michel Hazanavicius.

Articles on the movement’s understanding of Islam and a critique of traditional Sunni and Shia Islam comprise one of the key part of the group’s media content.

Besides promotional clips showing members of the HTS in military activity and reports from the scene of Syrian government “crimes”, there are videos about the peaceful activities in the areas under their control. At the same time, it can again be seen that the Idlib-based propaganda groups are at a very low level and are not capable of competing in the media environment with other more experienced or more authoritative groups. This is most likely due to problems in financing and to the absence of professional mass media workers in the ranks of the movement.

Target audience

The movement has learned al-Qaida’s lesson however and seeks to enlist the support of the local population. As mentioned above, in connection with the rebranding and formal severance of relations with al-Qaida as well as the flow of volunteers from Europe, the main target audience remains Arabic speakers and immigrants from the former Soviet Union and in particular from Central Asia. It is the youth from these countries that is most inspired by the ideas of radical Islam.

This is due to domestic disorder and the weakness and corruption of these countries’ governments.

Through their information campaign on the Internet, radical Islamists seek to gain sympathy from and credibility with the local population, showing in videos how the supply of petroleum products, bread, water and electricity is returning to normal. However, it is only a propaganda tactic to gain the trust of the population.

HTS just like al-Qaida, never focused on the gradual implementation of Sharia law or building effective governing bodies in Syria. During the occupation of East Aleppo, al-Nusra organized the civil administration in just the same way as in Idlib, food and medicine were received only by the militants, civilians were persecuted on religious grounds and were subjected to corporal punishment or, worse, death.

Instead of providing a minimum of order in the territory under their control, the militants preferred to sort out their own differences, which led to bloody infighting as a result of which civilians suffer.

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  • World_Eye

    Thanks for the small update video of Nusra. Although some good longer documentary about the situation in Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania will be nice so that we can know what is currently happening there in the Balkan in these countries governments.

    • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

      There is no such thing as ethnic macedonians or macedonian nation today.
      The people living in current day Fyrom are of Albanian(40%), Bulgarian(20-25%), Serbian(20-25%) and other ethnicities.
      Josip Broz Tito, a half Croate half Slovenian dictator of yougoslavia and a communist employee to the soviet union in the 80s, decided to call that part of yougoslavia near the Greek borders, “macedonia”, in an imperialistic effort to create the basis for future claims and access to the Aegean sea.
      #
      The ancient MaKedonians were another Greek tribe, just like the Aeolians, Ionians, Dorians, Achaeans …In the ancient Greek mythology the Dorians and the Macedonians are considered as relatives, as well as the rest of the protohellenic tribes. The ancient Macedonian dialect was very similar to the doric dialect.

      • Invanare

        Same thing with “Azerbaijanis” they are really Oghuz turks. The Original Azerbaijanis or Azaris were and are and Iranian tribe from the group of Medes in Ancient Persia. Stalin renamed that part of caucasus in order to annex the Iranian province of Azerbaijan.

      • R3mba

        One more TiTo hater.. Soviet employee?? fucker!

        • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

          What the fuck you talking about you retarded twatyhead???
          Tito WAS a Soviet tool you dumbshit for brains !

          Maybe you shouldnt have skipped school to go snif bathsalts all your childhood ! Go eat a banana MALAKA !

          • R3mba

            odi si jebi mrtvu mater govno usrano…. Fucking inbreed fucker..
            ye ye so soviet that he made Nesvrstani.. Dumb inbreed. And yes I’m Croat so fuck off dumb fuck!

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Serbs fuck your mom and sisters everyday and night then ? How does that make you feel? You fucking NZI CROAT SCUM OF THE EARTH !

          • R3mba

            LOL!! ye yeah they fucked her just like your mom is gettin fucked on the street for free.. fucking scumm..anonymous scum.. hahahahhaha
            internet tough guy..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            hahaha you are such a retard ! I m on the internet yeah, and where are you ? I nthe matrix maybe you dumb amoeba head troll ?

            Eat that banana and shut the fuck up !

          • R3mba

            does your mom know what are you writing on internet?? shame on you little inbreed go to corner !!!

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            hahaha what a come back ! like an amoeaba splitting into 2 amoeabas !

            hahahahah FUCKIN RETARDED MONGOL !

          • R3mba

            inbreed.. poor little inbreed..

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            ‘Poor’, ‘Little’ and ‘Inbred’ , 3 words you are very familiar with it seems…
            I know I have called you an amoeba before but now I realise amoeabas are like Albert Einsteins next to you…!
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            I mean look at that photo your avatar ! You look like such a dorky tw@t !

            https://i.imgur.com/6U2k3nP.jpg

          • R3mba

            you are still here?? poor little inbreed bastard..Now I’m past bored with you… Here take this W show to all your non existing friends and f off..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            So you havent jumped of that tall building or the cliff i suggested …tststs…typical Craote nazi fascist scum of the earth….no balls at all!
            Dont worry soon the Serbs will annihilate your pathetic shithole of a country and you ll finaly find peace !

          • R3mba

            I cannot believe somebody is so dumb..but again you are inbreed …
            Get some help.. If that kim kardashian dad could become woman maybe there is hope for you.. inbreed scum..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought.
            Everyone in this site is now dumber for having read your comment !
            You are the proof that evolution CAN go in reverse!
            Just jump of a bridge already !

          • R3mba

            thats good for you..you inbreed scum cant get dumber!

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            That is true ! YOU can’t get any dumber than the amoeba-kefalos that you are !
            Now tell me something, how many times do I have to flush to get rid of you?
            You dumb piss of shit !

          • R3mba

            DUMB INBREED SCUM… your skunk mom must be very proud of bastard she spawned..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Hey ! That’s not fair ! I thought you finaly jumped off a cliff and did the human kind a favour !

            But I guess for an amoeba – kefalos like your self its normal to take 9 days to answer …hahahahahaha
            What a big fat fcking loser you are !

            Just fckin die already !

          • R3mba

            And again.. facepalm..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Face front-ass you mean ! hahahaha have you not got a mirror in your cave you fkn cueball head twatyface ?

          • R3mba

            facepalm..poor inbreed

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Has my c0c k penetrated your dirty-hole so far up thats its pocking that last cell in your cue-ball head ? hahahahhaha fkn Croate nazi loser !

          • R3mba

            Laughing on your own jokes… poor little idiot..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            I am laughing at your ball-sack baldy twatyhead you dumb amoeba !
            Get a mirror and look , I m sure you ll laugh too !
            Nobody hasn’t got both hair and humour !
            But maybe its cause you wearing them specks !

            Ball-sack head and speccy 4 eyes at the same time !

            They should be studing you in the lab !
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          • R3mba

            WoooooW 4th grade insults..Did your mom help you with that??

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            No actually, it was Your mom that helped me with that. She was holdind my big fat c0-k while I was posting to you!
            You know your mom is really a hero… to give birth to you with that big cue-ball head of yours…
            Of cource the marks down there are very obvious …you practicly destroyed her when you were born…
            But its not all bad, now my big fat c0-k can fit in there just fine…
            So..thank you for that ! … by by speccy face …your mom sends kisses…

          • R3mba

            you really like fucking corpses .. woow fucking necrophilia guy..
            good for you just keep fucking and talking to dead people..real jihady of you..who knows maybe one day you buy a goat..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            I didn’t know you are a corpse! I mean your cue-ball baldy head looks like a dead potato but… hahahaha

            By the way are those Serbs there yet ? They gonna piss on the whole of your twaty shithole of a country you call Croatia soon, you nazi loving douchbag !

          • R3mba

            You’re too dumb…Cant even offend me.. IDIOT..

          • R3mba

            cant even remember what you wrote..how much longer can you expose your dumbness??

          • R3mba

            Again your mom. YOu don’t have even intelligence to insult somebody.. inbreed..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            LOSER ! Your voice is very thin from down there in the gutter where i kicked your ass days ago…
            Just shut up and eat my c0k juice you dumb piece of dog crap.
            hahhahaaaaaaaaaa

          • R3mba

            fckng crying what inbreed goofy idiot you are…

          • R3mba

            I would gladly give you my real address, only if I knew your little inbreed ass would come here…

          • R3mba

            I’m not your mom to be eating bananas.. big black banana.. inbreed fuck..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Your sister says hello, she is in the shower, she came back late tonight from that last job I sent her…
            I M going to punish her in a minute, just the way she likes it..oh yeah….

          • R3mba

            lol !!! you sad little inbreed..

          • ©igare☘☘e👽Sm⚽️k🚬ng🦉Man️🎲

            Are you crying ? Did I hurt your mushed patato brain cells like they were butter ?

            oh….poor little troll GO FUCK YOUR SELF NOW !

          • R3mba

            dumb inbreed don’t even know what lol means… blow your self..

          • R3mba

            you are such a moron by inbreeding that you don’t know what lol means.. That is the reason incest is forbidden..To stop giving birth morons like you!

          • R3mba

            lol… poor little inbreed

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  • Atlanta Bill

    All these “al-Qaeda” organizations stem from the Muslim Brotherhood, a wartime ally of Nazi Germany which attempted in 1942, along with the Egyptian “Green Shirts” fascist organization, a coup that, if successful, would have opened Egypt to Irwin Rommel’s Afrikakorps. German fascism, unlike fascism in many other countries including Italy, attempted to become a global, transnational movement; and it succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of the Third Reich and its supporters. Even Falangist Spain’s networks abroad within the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas and Pacific were a creation of the German mission to Spain headed by an agent named von Faupel, who also masterminded the assassination of Francisco Franco’s rival so as to get a more co-operative partner. The pan-South American group that overthrew Salvador Allende and installed the Hitler-loving fascist Pinochet wasn’t named “Operation Condor” for nothing! In English you can read the history by anti-fascist researcher Alan Chase: http://spitfirelist.com/books/falange-the-secret-axis-army-in-the-americas/

    Hitler’s heirs in the United States and Europe require submissive regimes in Eurasia on Russia’s southern flank (Zbigniew Brzezinski promoted it in his book The Grand Chessboard) in order to guarantee success with a second attempt at Operation Barbarossa. For this reason, the term ‘clerical-Nazi’ would be a better term for Jabat al-Nusra and other such Wahhabi offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood than ‘clerical-fascist’, but certainly a more useful term than ‘terrorist’ or the bigoted term ‘Islamist’. Every characteristic we see in the re-emerging member-organizations of the transnational Nazi networks such as the OUN/B in Ukraine are mirrored in the offshoots of the Brotherhood. Why do the Western powers require the return of Nazism as we see it today? For the same reason they created it, namely, to defend the dying system of capitalism. As the creator of the Red Army remarked in the late 1930s, “Only world socialist revolution can put a final end to fascism.”