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Al-Tawhid Corps: The Syrian Brotherhood's new Army

Following the Libyan Islamist "Tripoli Corps" model, the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood set up a new Qatari - backed army, the Tawhid Corps.

The "Libyan Guevara", the CIA and Irish Gypsies!

The Libyan Commander who joined the fight in Syria, and lost 200 thousand Euros of CIA money to gypsy gangs.

Hala Jadid: Assad’s rule, a Catastrophe

The Arab Digest interviews Hala Jadid, a Syrian activist of Allawite background who lost her father following his brutal torture in Assad's prisons.

Syria's jailed poet: Assad's prisons, a hell of a particular kind!

The Arab Digest interviews Syrian poet Faraj Bayrakdar, he speaks on the Assad's notorious prisons, and the Syrian revolution.

A U.S. Libya veteran plans joining Syria's war

The Arab Digest speaks to an American who volunteered to fight in Libya, where he was incarcerated in Gaddafi's notorious prison. He is now thinking of joining the rebels in Syria.

August 31, 2012

Regime runs a Pool Party in Homs after Bloodbath!

August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

SANA English, the official press agency of the Syrian Regime, has announced a pool party in Homs in September. Only months ago, the regime had launched an offensive which led to the city's destruction.

August 28, 2012

A Young Kuwaiti Artist sings for Revolution

August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012

Arab revolutions have inspired a young Kuwaiti artist to come out with this video song titled "Like This" on the changing times in the Arab world. Zahed Sultan is not a mainstream artist; he is one of these boys who defied authority of the State and its established pillars, ever longing for change. Artistic, creative, daring, Sultan's video is a breath of fresh air in the Arab Gulf. Expect more of this young man.

Artist Title: Zahed Sultan
Album Title: Reuse Me - EP
Song Title: Like This (ha-ka-tha)


Man…now there’s a true Kuwaiti!

Out of the throws of revolution
Out of the fight against oppression and injustice
Out of a firm conviction in the rights of man
You have created a youthful country
A country capable of advancing
Human progress

What is it that pushes us
To concede to conditions
Like this

Like this
Like this

Supporters of love
And abhorrers of spite
Like this

Supporters of aspiration
Throw down your weapons
And embrace your brothers
Like this

Live as equals in the pursuit of righteousness
Holding your heads high
Like this

Do not be fearful of what you do not know
And always exercise patience
Like this

Like this

People of the Arabian Gulf
Coexist in solidarity with one another

People of the Arabia
Unite together as one

Shake yourselves
Like this

Shake your bum bums
Like this

And cherish the times you have
Like this

Like this

August 27, 2012

Saudi Arabia: Daring Sunni Demonstration

August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012

Al Jawf Sunni Province has witnessed more protests calling for the release of both male and female prisoners. According to Saudi and Islamists observers, the widening night demonstrations might increase to include neighboring provinces. 


August 26, 2012

Lebanon's Phalanges Party keeps "Nazi" Salute!

August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012

Pierre Gemayel, a sportsman, went to the Berlin Olympics in 1936; he was taken aback by the Nazi "discipline" in Germany. Fascism, whether Italian or Spanish astonished him. Pierre went back to Lebanon where he founded the Phalanges Party (the name was obviously taken from General Franco's Spain). The Christian Phalange party has to this day kept its Fascist ideals as seen in its latest conference below where the Nazi salute remains in place. 

The Phalanges party spread the founder's strong admiration to the Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler; many named their sons after him. The Nazi effect was also apparent in the party's ethnic cleansing policy against Moslems in Lebanon during the country's 17 year Civil War (1975-91).

The Phalanges has a small Parliament bloc led by Sami Gemayel, a grandson of Pierre Gemayel. They have previously participated in the government, and enjoyed good relations with Western States, especially the U.S.

Phalanges' Nazi Salute: Old Photo

The Phalanges Fascist ideology led to Ethnic Cleansing Crimes during Lebanon's Civil War

The Phalanges' Nazi Salute is still used in different occasions to ensure loyalty to "The Leader".

Fascist Marches are common, showing strength in numbers and loyalty to "the leader"

Amine Gemayel, the party's current leader. He is son of founder Pierre, and is preparing his son Sami for the job. 
The Phalanges displayed a strong affection to Nazis

Discipline, organisation, numbers and loyalty to "the leader" and his family

Pierre, the founder, and his son Amine.

Sami Gemayel, the Heir Apparent.

Hezbollah grooming Moghnieh's Grandchild for War

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite Militant party, has issued a new video grooming the grandchild of its assassinated spy chief Imad Moghnieh for war and maybe martyrdom.
The young boy's grandmother gives him Moghnieh's pistol, showing no respect for childhood and innocence. The boy is clueless, but a relative continuously puts words in his mouth like "I want to be a resistance fighter when I grow up, like my grandfather".

The clueless boy is given the pistol to play with

The Grandma passes on the pistol to the grandson

Video: Syria Jihadists kill 9 Shabiha

The Annusra Front has issued a video in which it kills 9 from the Shabiha, pro-regime paramilitaries. The video later says they work for Military Intelligence. The Nusra front represents a small portion of the anti-Assad forces in Syria, but they are well trained, funded and supported by the Arab Gulf regimes.
The Free Syrian Army complains of lack of arms, while the Nusra Front receives good funding and weapons, thus providing better incentives for defectors to join its ranks.

August 25, 2012

Syrian Regime's Daria Massacre video: 300 Civilians slaughtered!

August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012

Following the Assad Regime's brutal massacre in Daria, a video emerged of the 300 victims, all lined up in the town's mosque in the Damascus rural surroundings where the Free Syrian Army is fighting the heavily armed Regime forces.

Neil Armstrong never converted to Islam!

Neil Armstrong, 82, the first man to ever step on the moon, died today. While many Arabic websites and media outlets covered his long and fruitful life, some still circulated the long-living rumor: Armstrong converted to Islam after hearing the Moslem call for prayer (Azan) on the moon. The rumor lived for years and was even employed in convincing Westerners to convert; a young Moslem student approached Professor Armstrong at Purdue University and asked him about the conversion story. The renowned astronaut denied. "I told him that the story was false. But obviously he did not believe it. Someone had told him that I would be lying". There a was a funny side to the story: Armstrong moved to Lebanon following his conversion.
The American Astronaut had in fact spent many years in a farm in Lebanon, Ohio (not the Middle East). He died a Christian.

AlQaeda-Linked Group releases Syria Training Video

The Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda linked group fighting against the Syrian regime, has released a training video. The Syrian regime was hoping the Western world sees the revolutionaries as AlQaeda, but Islamists represented a minority in the uprising against the Bashar Assad dictatorship. Nevertheless, the brutal crackdown that followed, coupled with the regime's desire and the Saudi sponsorship, extremist groups like Al-Nusra started to gain prominence. Observers think this radical group will never turn mainstream in Syria.

Saudi Fighter in Syria urges compatriots to join him

A Saudi fighter in Syria has urged his fellow compatriots to join him. In the video, he says that he is from the Arabian Peninsula, (using alqaeda's favourite name for the region), then urges his fellow compatriots to join the war against the Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad. The Saudi fighter says that his group needs men of religion in the ongoing war, and that Saudis fit that description.

Arab fighters are increasingly joining the war against Assad, as the Syrian army's brutal crackdown on the opposition intensifies. The Assad regime's Allawite Sectarian character is increasingly visible amid the violence; devout Sunni Arabs feel both anger against the regime & international community, and sympathy with Syrian victims.

Kuwait dragged into Lebanon's Kidnappings Fiasco!

Armed men driving a Green Mercedes kidnapped a Kuwaiti citizen in the Beqa' Valley, Eastern Lebanon, where Hezbollah maintains a strong presence. The Kuwaiti, later identified as Issam Al Houti, was spending the Summer with his Lebanese wife, near her village.
Kidnappings were on the rise in Lebanon. 95 days after the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese pilgrims in Northern Syria, and following the kidnapping of tribesman Hassan Mokdad in Damascus, Lebanese Eastern tribes launched a spate of kidnappings against Syrian workers and activists. The Mokdad tribe's military wing were behind the kidnappings which also targeted Turkish citizens in Beirut, but it is widely thought that Hezbollah has supported the Shiite tribe.
Gangs, mostly based in the lawless Beqa' valley, later joined the action to cash-in on ransoms. These gangsters usually demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for the release of their carefully-picked victims.  

According to Lebanon's National News Agency, the kidnappers took their Kuwaiti Victim to Baalback, a Hezbollah strong hold. The area is also notorious for drug trade, crime and lawlessness. Kuwait has been outspoken in its support to Syria's rebels. Lately, Shi

August 19, 2012

Video: Syrian Children transform a Regime Tank into a Swing!

August 19, 2012

August 19, 2012

A video from revolutionary Talbeesa.

Saudi Arabia: Activist Reema Al Joresh Detained on Eid Day

Saudi activist and Twitter user, Reema Al Joresh, was briefly arrested earlier today [August 19, 2012] when she was on her way to a mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that follows Ramadan. Al Joresh is an outspoken critic of Saudi interior ministry's arbitrary detentions. Moreover, she is the wife of a prisoner who has been detained for eight years without a trial.

She was planning to give away 500 gifts that contain a letter to raise awareness about the issue of arbitrary detention in Saudi Arabia. (source: global voices blog)

August 18, 2012

Photo: An Egyptian Business woman lashed 300 times after falling out with a Saudi Princess

August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012

An Egyptian business woman, Najlaa Wafa, was sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in prison after allegedly falling out with a Saudi Princess. The Egyptian victim has only been named recently, but her case was reported by Egyptian media, while angry Egyptians launched campaigns on social media websites, calling on the new Egyptian President, Mohamad Morsi, to stop the Saudi authorities from "completing the sentence" through applying the last 200 lashes. The above photo has been taken after the first 300 lashes.
According to an Egyptian report, Najlaa was arrested on the 30th of May, 2009; she went through four days of harsh interrogation before being transferred to a prison where she spent 20 months without trial.  On the 14th of June 2011, she was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 500 lashes.
Last May, the Saudi authorities started the execution of the lashing sentence. Every week, Najlaa received 50 lashes for 6 weeks. She suffers from a deviation in her vertebral column, which only makes things worse.
Wafa with her two Children (family photo, LA Times blog)

After the Arab Digest reported on the case, the LA Times blog wrote about it in detail. Wafa, originally a wedding planner, cashed a cheque from a Saudi princess but did not fulfill the conditions of an agreement to open up a restaurant in the kingdom.

Assad's regime launches its own Facebook: "Syria Book"

Bashar Al-Assad's regime, which is launching a brutal crackdown on its own population, has launched its own version of Facebook, dubbed Syria book. The regime is known to have a special "electronic army" to crackdown on all dissident voices.

The Arab Digest tried to investigate the link between Syria book and the regime, we found that when the word "syria" is typed, pro-regime names pop up. Below is an example:

An FSA fighter survives a building's destruction: arise from the ashes!

An Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group threatens Lebanon's Shiites: Revenge ... Soon!

Majed Ben Mohamad Al-Majed, the Saudi Prince of Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group has threatened in a new YouTube video Lebanon's Shiites with revenge and consequences for their support to Syria's regime. In a fifteen minutes long speech, Al-Majed criticized Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's Secretary General, for his relentless support to the Baathist regime. "Oh Shiites, your leaders are lying", Al-Majed said, and by the end of his tape warned Lebanon's Shiites that they will pay for their silence.
Nasrallah has been consistent in his support to the Syrian Regime, despite its violent crackdown on dissidents and massacres against civilians. The Iranian sponsored party has been accused of taking part in the violent crackdown against Syrians.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades' latest threat comes after a spate of kidnappings targeted Syrian workers.


August 15, 2012

The Free Syrian Army's First "Sex Scandal"

August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) most known hero figure, Abdul Razzak Tlas, was caught in a phone sex scandal through Skype. A lady's voice is heard in the video's background while Tlas, a defected officer, and an apparantly devout Islamist, is shown touching his penis. The lady's voice, most probably a government agent, says "how big ... how big", while he puts on an approving look.
Tlas became famous during the Homs war; he became a symbol of the FSA's fight, leading the alfarook brigade.
Tlas is leading the Farouk Brigade in the FSA

August 13, 2012

FSA arrests "a Hezbollah Sniper" in Damascus

August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

The Free Syrian Army in Damascus has released a video of a "captured Hezbollah sniper who was dispatched to fight within a 250 strong force in the Syrian capital". The alleged "captured sniper", from the Al-Mokdad family, claimed his group was among 1500 Hezbollah snipers who were dispatched to several Syrian provinces, to fight alongside Bashar Al-Assad "Shiite regime and army".  Mokdad called on Hezbollah's Secretary General, Hasan Nasrallah, to leave the Syrian people alone.
The victim's family has launched a kidnapping campaign against Syrian workers in Lebanon, to secure the release of their relative.

August 12, 2012

The "Libyan Guevara", the CIA and Irish Gypsies!

August 12, 2012

August 12, 2012

Mahdi Al-Harati was a Dublin-based Arabic teacher when angry Libyans poured into the streets of Benghazi in February last year, sparking a long battle which eventually ousted the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Mahdi, now 38 years old, joined the rebellion; along with other Islamists, he was trained and armed by Qatar.
Al-Harati became the Tripoli Corps' deputy leader. Following the ousting of Gaddafi's regime, Al-Harati became interested in the export of his Libyan experience elsewhere, to the bleeding Syrian revolution, thousands of miles away. 
In October, he returned to Ireland, where he prepared for his Syria trip. A gang of Irish travellers stole 200 thousand Euros in cash, along with jewelry, from Al-Harati's apartment; when asked by police, he said that the money was "a gift by US secret agents", according to the Irish "Sunday World".

The website reported:

"A GANG of Irish traveller thieves are in the middle of a holy war - after liberating €200,000 cash destined for Libyan rebels. In a tale worthy of the John le Carre thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the scam artists from Rathkeale in Co Limerick hit the jackpot when they robbed a home in Dublin's Firhouse.

As well as a haul of family jewels, they stumbled upon €200,000 in €500 bills hidden in the hot press. But the homeowner was well-known Irish Libyan freedom fighter Mahdi al-Harati, who was one of the leaders of the bloody revolt against Gaddafi.

He has told cops that the cash was a gift from US secret agents to aid the war effort in Libya. Now the money trail has led to the traveller strongholds in Rathkeale, where €500 notes have been popping up all over the place."

The Irish website's report.

Whether the CIA and Qatari money and support poured in or not, Mahdi Al Harati seems dedicated to the fight against Assad. In the following video, he is shown to be leading the battle himself; Mahdi runs the Al-Umma (The Nation) brigade. He chose a transnational name for his fighting group which includes Libyans who fought under his leadership in Libya.

Harati is married to an Irish born woman

Most recently, the Sun newspaper reported that dozens of Irishmen have joined the fight in Syria.

The Tawhid Corps: The Syrian Moslem Brotherhood's New Army

Following the Libyan Islamist "Tripoli Corps" model, the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood set up a new Qatari - backed army, the Tawhid Corps. The Tawhid corps recently came to light thanks to aljazeera, the Qatar based Arab TV network. Abdul Qader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid Corps became an instant star after al-Jazeera hosted him for an interview; the interviewer was none other than Ahmad Mowafak Zeidan, aljazeera's former Pakistan correspondent, who interviewed Osama Ben Laden for the popular TV network and was known for his Al-Qaeda sympathies. Zaydan was a member of the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood, and is now active within the Syrian opposition, alongside his Al-Jazeera job.
The Sunday Times reported today that Qatar is pouring money to its allies in Syria to buy weapons and supplies in their fight against Bashar Assad's brutal dictatorship. But the newspaper also reported on American fears from a heavily armed Islamist presence in Syria.

Abdul Qader Al-Saleh, the Tawhid Corps leader

The most interesting part in Zaydan's interview with alsaleh is when the latter was asked about the alQaeda modeled Alnusra Front. Al-Saleh said "they have a presence on the ground, and they are fighting against the regime, so we welcome them". Zaydan nodded with approval. He criticized the Free Syrian Army's leadership in Turkey, calling on them to join the fight against the regime.
Al-Saleh reiterated the Moslem Brotherhood position regarding establishing a civic state post-Assad's dictatorship. He spoke positively about minorities, especially Christians, having equal rights following the overthrow of the incumbent dictator.

In the past few weeks, the Tawhid Brigade uploaded hundreds of videos on its operations, mostly in Aleppo and Idlib, both in Northern Syria. Al-Saleh claims that they are the principal fighters on the Aleppo front, but reality shows otherwise. The Arab Digest interviewed a Syrian opposition member who said the following on the Qatari support and the over-rated Islamic presence among the FSA:

Qatari and Saudi donors stipulate a strict Islamic (Salafist) code for all recipients. This led many fighters to grow beards and pray to receive much needed funding and weapons. The Tawhid Brigade is growing, but it remains one of the fighting factions on the ground; it is definitely not the dominant group.

(Video: Zaydan interviews AlSaleh on Aljazeera)

Zaydan went to lengths in promoting the corps; he videotaped their fighters while sweeping the street.

Hezbollah releases New Footage of its Assassinated Spy Chief Imad Moghnieh

Hezbollah has released new footage of their former spy chief, Imad Moghnieh, who was assassinated by Israel's Foreign Intelligence Service, Mossad, in Damascus in February 2008. The Iranian-backed Islamist party had vowed revenge; only recently, a bombing in Bulgaria has been linked to Hezbollah's foreign operations wing, which is simply dubbed "901".
The Arab Digest has not found any links between the video and the Bulgaria bombing.

Moghnieh's revenge attack remains a mystery

August 11, 2012

"An Emerging Mystery": Saudi Arabia's sexy veil

August 11, 2012

August 11, 2012

Photographer Sebastian Farmborough generously shared with "The Arab Digest" his photo "An Emerging Mystery", along with the following text:

The image is based on one of my very first experiences in Saudi Arabia: With the naked beaches of Barcelona a not too distant memory, I headed down to the Arabian Gulf for a dip. There, I became mystified by something black and obscure out at sea. It looked like a huge jellyfish. Then, as it approached, I realised that it was in fact a woman.
It was such an intense experience that I just had to capture it for myself. However, it was not until a few years later in Dubai, when I had acquired the equipment and expertise necessary, that I was able to execute it. Anyone trying to take a picture like this in Saudi Arabia, would run the risk of ending up in prison, so in the more liberal country of the UAE I was able to realise it. It actually took me a year to find the right lady. Yes, there are lots of women with beautiful eyes in the Emirates, but finding an open-minded enough one to do it, now that was a challenge! The picture itself was taken at dawn on the Burj Al Arab beach. I chose that time, because I wanted extremely soft light to fall on her and the sun to reflect in her eyes. It was winter, so the sea was freezing and we were both deep into it. It was an incredible experience. The model and I had only met a couple of times and so we got to know each other as the shoot went on, finishing with a nice hot chocolate on the beach. 
The photo is entitled An Emerging Mystery and I feel as though it is extremely symbolic of muslim women's increasing prominence in the world, despite a continued mystery. The Saudi veil is so often portrayed negatively in the West that I hope to counteract that somewhat and prevent the Western public from being mislead. Many muslim women actually choose to wear it and I am more than happy to respect that. 
The image marks the beginning of a project that I have been wanting to carry out for some time. All we ever hear about Saudi Arabia seems to be negative, where as having lived there for 3 years, I can assure you that the reality is quite different. 
In fact, there are many things that we westerns could learn from them. I really admired and enjoyed the strength of their friendships, the closeness of their families, their sense of humour and how friendly and generous they are. With this and other images I would like to try and redress the balance a bit and produce a book reflecting the more magical aspects of the kingdom. 

August 06, 2012

USA holds its breath as Saudi Arabia’s uprising brings the Sectarian War to Oil Fields

August 06, 2012

August 06, 2012

By Zayd Alisa*

As popular uprisings swept the Arab world, many experts stressed that Saudi Arabia was immune from turbulences, let alone, regime-ousting uprisings. Confident that its internal front was impeccably secure, the Saudi regime focused on achieving its external overarching goals, which ranged from holding at bay the spread of popular uprisings clamouring for democratic change, to severely undermining what it perceives, as the mounting Iranian and Shia influence, and ensuring the survival of other monarchies.

The Saudi regime offered Ben Ali, Tunisia’s dictator, refuge, and the Saudi king gave his emphatic support to Mubarek, Eygpt’s tyrant. And even, in the post-Mubarek era, it has regained its huge influence through the military council and the extremist Salafi movement. As for Yemen, the Saudi regime launched its own initiative to replace Saleh - Yemen’s dictator, by another staunch ally, namely his deputy, Mansour - and to underline the futility of uprisings.  

For the Saudis, the Bahraini uprising was indisputably the nightmare scenario. Since, Bahrain - a deeply entrenched dictatorship -  is governed by Al Khalifa family, from the Sunni minority, while the vast majority are Shia. Similarly, the Shia constitute the overwhelming majority in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province, which is literally a stone-throw from Bahrain. Shia in both countries, have constantly complained of intolerable discrimination. Fearing the pervasion of the uprising to Saudi Arabia, the king offered billions of dollars in benefits, strictly prohibited protests, rewarded the Wahhabi Salafi religious establishment and, most ominously, gave the green light to the Saudi army to invade and occupy Bahrain.  

What is incontestable is the pivotal role played by the radical and regressive Wahhabi Salafi religious establishment in giving religious legitimacy to the Saudi regime, which in turn provides it with the vital funding to propagate and export its violent ideology. According to the Wahhabi ideology it is strictly forbidden to oppose the ruler. The fatwas issued by the religious establishment were utilised by the Interior ministry headed by Nayef, which declared, on February 2011, that these protests were the new terrorism and would be crushed, just like Al-Qaida. The death of Sultan, and the appointment of Nayef, in October 2011, was marked by the cold blooded murder of protestors in the Eastern province.

The Saudi regime’s overriding priority has always been to establish and bolster its position as the indisputable guardian of Sunni Islam. Ever since the Iranian revolution, the Saudi regime has endeavoured to present all the major conflicts in the region as an integral part of an ongoing existential sectarian war waged against Sunnis by Iran. So, when the uprising erupted in Bahrain, the Saudi regime strived to instigate sectarian strife, to stave of any uprising by its Sunni majority.   
The USA must be holding its breath as Saudi Arabia’s uprising surmounts sectarian divisions by spreading to Sunni areas like Hijaz, and even reaching the regime’s heartland, in Riyadh.
The weakening in the Saudi regime’s internal front is largely due to: first, it has tirelessly supported dictators in crushing uprisings by the Sunnis in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen. Second, its inconsistent position in unequivocally backing secular monarchies like Morocco, Jordan against Sunni Islamic movements. Third, the king’s inexcusable failure to activate the allegiance council to select the heir to the throne twice within eight months. This, has consolidated the widespread perception that the royal family is embroiled in a vicious power struggle, and it marginalises its senior members. Fourth, the undeniable success of uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya  and Yemen in ousting their dictators. Fifth, the King’s failure to lead by example, rather than stipulating reform and a halt to killings in Syria. Sixth, the failure to tackle the chronic problems, such as unemployment and corruption. Seventh, foreign educated Saudis are increasingly questioning the legitimacy of dictatorship. Eighth, mounting fears of secession by the Eastern province. And finally, the death of Nayef has revealed that he was used by the regime as the perfect pretext for not undertaking meaningful reform. Because, despite the appointment of Salman – who is perceived as a reformer - there has been absolutely no reforms. And alarmingly, an upsurge in the regime’s savagery, especially with the arrest and even torture of the Shia religious leader Nimr Al Nimr. 

The USA should be deeply concerned about the stability of Saudi Arabia, not only because its implacable support to the regime has made a mockery of its pretention of defending democracy and human rights, but, more menacingly, Saudi Arabia was the country where (15 out of 19) of the 9/11 suicide bombers, and the mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, came from. The USA needs to stand on the right side of the present and future of Saudi Arabia, by extending the oil-for-protection deal to an (oil and concrete democratic reforms-for-protection deal).

* Zayd Alisa is a political analyst and a writer on Middle East affairs with numerous appearances on various TV channels, including BBC and France 24. He has published several articles and press releases relating to the Middle East. Some published articles have been quoted as references in Wikipedia. He has also been a human rights activist for twenty five years and has actively promoted democracy and freedom of expression in the Arab world. Zayd was born in New York, USA and is a British citizen residing in London. His parents are originally from Iraq.

August 01, 2012

The Iraqi President's Family Heist

August 01, 2012

August 01, 2012

Bafel with his father Jalal
The Arab Digest published legal and court documents pertaining to the case against Bafel Talabani, the son of incumbent Iraqi President Jalal, who pocketed dozens of millions of public funds from the coffers of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The U.K. High Court case provides a sample of the large funds obtained by this family; such cases of corruption have been largely behind the drop in Talabani's popularity in the Suleimaniya province and beyond. 
Talabani's wife, Hero, is notorious in Kurdistan for her corruption and lavish lifestyle, while Bafel completed his education in England, and is the commander of the Special Peshmerga Cobra Force.
Below is a link to the court's document:


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