Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The Jabhat Al-Nusra could not have been clearer. It has announced a full withdrawal from all Homs in anticipation of the SAA’s long-awaited assault on their last holdouts.  Ziad will tranlate the communique for SyrPer readers:

“In the name of Allah, the Compassionate and the Merciful.  A plea for absolution from guilt to Allah and his Messenger.  A letter asking for assistance from the Jihadists of Homs to their brothers in the Syria of Allah’s Messenger.  Praise be to Allah, the Sustainer of the Worlds who said in the superb revelation:  “If they ask you for help in faith, you must help”.  (Trans.Note: Quran, 8/72 Al-Anfaal)  And the most preferred of prayer and submission (to Allah) for His servant and His Messenger who said:  ‘If the people of Syria have become corrupted there is no goodness in you.  A part of my community is still aided (by Allah); he who has forsaken them has not hurt them until the hour is manifest’.  And (the Messenger), May his Lord’s prayers be upon Him, who said: ‘A Muslim is a Muslim’s brother; he shall neither oppress nor abandon him’…….And now:

“After more than two years of siege inflicted upon besieged Homs, and what multifarious forms of dissention accompanied that and what ordeals made it ashen with grief and the suffering and sacrifices only known to Allah, (May He be praised), we direct ourselves to issue this message to the leaders of the Jihad in the Syria of the Messenger of Allah, as the matter has reached finality, so as to place them before their responsibilities and so as to absolve ourselves before Allah and His Messenger and his faithful believers, assuring them of the following:

Homs has sustained the burden of the revolution in its peaceful stage and blocked him who would stop it.  And it was the quickest to take up arms.  In both circumstances, it paid an heavy price.
“The majority of Jihadists in besieged Homs have exhausted the limits of their energy in withstanding the consequences of the siege, the abandonment by him who is both near and far and the trading with the future of the city.

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