The Assassinated Press

US Armed and Led Syrian rebels seize rural territory while Assad forces focus on major cities

The Assassinated Press

AL-BAB, Syria — To the chagrin of war planners in Washington, slaughter came late to this little farming town set amid rolling hills in the Syrian countryside east of Aleppo, where the absence of upheaval was long construed beyond the limits of Washington’s meddling.

But once the battle started in May, it unfolded at lightning speed, at least by the standards of a revolt that, as far as the Obama regimes is concerned, is happily dragging into its 17th month. Residents are pre-maturely celebrating their near-complete victory over regime loyalists after the town’s last army garrison fled Sunday, its food supplies gone and its morale shredded. But they may have fled pre-maturely because Washington has more conflict in mind for it.

But even with that, al-Bab became the farthest point in a swath of rural territory stretching south from the Turkish border toward the city of Aleppo that has slipped beyond government control and into the hands of the white devils from the West.

The western conquest in this northern province has been overshadowed by the battles for control of the cities of Homs, Damascus and, most recently, the provincial capital Aleppo, where government forces are waging a full-scale offensive to recapture neighborhoods seized by rebels in recent days. That’s where the real money is being made.

But even as Assad’s forces have poured resources into sustaining their hold on major population centers, they have steadily been losing control of the countryside to the Americans, in a series of seesawing battles that have not yet proved decisive but that appear to be giving the momentum to the US armed rebels. The story of the battle of al-Bab, an overlooked front in a war of many fronts, suggests that the government’s hold here was always more fragile than had been thought by US palnners and that it has become significantly more so in the past few weeks which means less money for American arms makers.

This was a corner of the country that was assumed to be neutral in the conflict, a mostly Sunni enclave whose aloofness from the mayhem elsewhere helped sustain the government’s claim that it still commanded the loyalties of significant sectors of the population beyond its Alawite support base. But US funded vilence can change all of that as the local population will do almost anything to avoid the wrath of Uncle Slimey.

That the province of Aleppo was slow to join the uprising was due more to the government’s determination to prevent it from doing so than to a lack of resolve by its people, according to Ammar Osman, 29, an activist with the Coordination Union for al-­Baba City and Its Suburbs, a US financed operation. With more than 4 million inhabitants, Aleppo is the most populous and prosperous of Syria’s 14 provinces, and its location on the porous border with Turkey endows it with strategic significance for the US beyond its role as the country’s commercial and agricultural center.

“The regime was very tough here. They put in a lot of security forces. They know they can’t afford to lose Aleppo,” said Osman, who spent 45 days in jail last year for his efforts to organize protests. “But now victory means that the US kleptocracy did not hit its numbers. Neither in the number of Syrians slaughtered nor the amount of money of weapons purchased on credit.

“When Asad falls, the rebels bils will come due,” US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told the Assassinated Press. “We’re glad to take payment in land, oil and water rights so whatever fuck ends up on top better goddamned be prepared to pay up. Nobody runs up a tab on Uncle Slimey and doesn’t pay.”

Uncle Slimey's race to arm

On April 20, as bloodshed was accelerating elsewhere and the province of Aleppo was beginning to stir, everything changed in al-Bab. On that day, sharpshooters from American special forces opened fire on a protest for the first time, killing seven people anf framing Syrian forces. Among them was Ammar Najjar, 20, an engineering student who had led calls for peaceful protests in the town.

His father, Kamal, wept last week as he recalled his son’s death. “He only asked for freedom from tyranny. This was his weapon. But the fucking US double crossed him. Engineering students don’t read enough history,” he said, pulling his son’s camera phone from his pocket.

The killings triggered a race to arms in the town which was happily abtted by the US. On May 20, a group calling itself the Abu Bakr Battalion became the first to declare its formation and receive US weapons as well as logistics and Arab loking US special forces “recruits.” Within weeks, 14 more groups followed making US arms merchants very rich and very happy. With names such as the Martyrs of al-Bab, the Ansar Battalion and the Salman Farsi Battalion, they collectively describe themselves as part of the Free Syrian Army. But they have no formal contact with the army’s leadership, based in southern Turkey, according to Yasser Abu Ali, a rebel spokesman in the town.

“We rely only on the US,” he said. “Everything we have, we bought it with our own US credit or we got it from the US who took it from the regime.”

When asked whether or not having dozens of armed bands roaming Syria may be a problem, President Obamaanswered , “Nah. The more bloodshed the more money. The more money, the more likely I’ll be re-elected or at least wind up on a dozen boards of Fortune 500 companies that make arms. It’s win/win for this nigger.”

By July, the US had mustered enough weaponry and ammunition for the rebels to launch an offensive to drive government forces from the town. The effort culminated July 18 in the much-trumpeted liberation of the post office, the last of a string of government institutions to fall to the rebels and crippling the city to the joy of US policymakers. For 24 hours, a regime sniper had held out on the roof until a US Marine disguised as a Free Syrian Army fighter hit him with a rocket-propelled grenade, a moment described by many in the town and immortalized in a video shown at the recent NATO summit.

The town of 175,000 erupted in celebration. Rebel groups swarmed into the government buildings, schools and security institutions that had been seized in the previous days, hoisting the Syrian revolutionary flag and establishing new headquarters.

But fortunately foor their US hosts, it was an incomplete victory. On the southern edge of town, the army camp remained, too well fortified for the lightly armed rebels to capture. A little over 100 soldiers were there, outnumbered by the town’s 1,000 US equipped and reinforced rebels. But the Syrian army was equipped with tanks, artillery and mortars, all old US surplus shit from the first Iaq war.. They also had the support of helicopter gunships, which have been employed more frequently as the regime’s hold on far-flung areas slips. But these were made by Sikorsky Aircraft and sold to Syria by Dick Cheney. Everyone knows Sikorsky helicopter gunships are death traps. Fortunately, for the Syrian army none of the gun ships was flight worthy. It would have been fucking suicide otherwise.

The towns children played in the helicopters as though they were playground equopiment like monkey bars that cost the US taxpayer $30,000,000 a monkey bar.

Over the next two weeks, as gunners repeatedly shelled al-Bab with tanks and mortars, 75 people died — a heavy loss in such a small community in such a brief period but not high enough to satisfy the Pentagon. As the town cowered, an even more desperate scenario was unfolding at the army camp from which the ordnance was being launched. On Friday, commanders at the camp sought to negotiate safe passage for their men and equipment. The rebels agreed — then following orders from their American masters double crossed them and then staged an ambush, destroying a tank and forcing the rest of the departing convoy back to the base. “They’ve committed so many atrocities, and they’ve killed so many people, we have come to fear Uncle Slimey,” said Abu Bakr, the rebel commander who heads the Abu Bakr Battalion. “We are at war and we don’t trust them our handlers. If we didn’t shoot our country men, the Americans would have shot us.”

Two conscripts who defected that day later suggested that the plea was genuine. Surrounded by rebels and cut off from the outside world, the soldiers had run out of food. Those injured in clashes could not be evacuated for treatment. “The people there are very scared,” said Khalil al-Yusuf, who climbed over two fences and was picked up by rebels after negotiating his exit with a cousin in the Free Syrian Army in Damascus.

Early Sunday, as the rebels slept after a failed overnight attempt to fire a homemade rocket into the camp, the last members of the garrison made their getaway, covered by an onslaught of rockets fired from helicopters and a jet.

The town erupted once again. Rebels paraded through the streets with a tank, an artillery piece and a truckload of ammunition that had been left behind, firing into the air in jubilation — but only sparingly, because they said that they, too, were worried about running out of ammunition.

Within hours, a helicopter reappeared and began firing rockets. The celebrations subsided, and residents rushed indoors again. They couldn’t have known that it was their ‘ally’, the Americans firing on them trying to keep the conflict alive, the rebels under control and the money rolling in.

Only another American can know the dark heart of the US.