On Wednesday the alternative media outlet Southfront published an article titled “New Video Throws Light On Jaysh Al-Izza High-Tolerance To Al-Qaeda Ideology” about newly discovered footage showing the leader of a “rebel” faction in Syria cozying up with a militant who was wearing a badge of the official flag of ISIS.

“The video shows Jaysh al-Izza General Commander Major Jamil al-Saleh congratulating a group of his fighters on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in a underground bunker,” Southfront reports. “One of the fighters greeted by Saleh was wearing a batch of the Islamic Black Standard with the Seal of Muhammad. This is a well-known symbol of al-Qaeda and the official flag of ISIS.”

Today, mass media outlets are mourning the death of a well-known Jaysh al-Izza fighter named Abdel-Basset al-Sarout with grief-stricken beatifications not seen since the death of war criminal John McCain. An Associated Press report which has been published by major news outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, PBS and Bloomberg commemorates Sarout as a “Syrian soccer goalkeeper” who “won international titles representing his country”, as “the singer of the revolution”, and as “an icon among Syria’s opposition”.

Remember Major Jamil al-Saleh from two paragraphs ago? AP features his glowing eulogy in its write-up on Sarout’s death:

“He was both a popular figure, guiding the rebellion, and a military commander,” said Maj. Jamil al-Saleh, leader of Jaish al-Izza rebel group, in which Sarout was a commander. “His martyrdom will give us a push to continue down the path he chose and to which he offered his soul and blood as sacrifice.”

Other mainstream outlets like BBCThe Daily Beast and Al Jazeera have contributed their own fawning hagiographies of the late Jaysh al-Izza commander.


“Formed in 2013, Jaysh al-Izza was one of the first Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in northern Syria to benefit from U.S. support through the CIA’s ‘Timber Sycamore’ train and equip program, which had been approved by then U.S. President Barack Obama,” Southfront reports in the aforementioned article. “The group received loads of weapons from the U.S. including Grad rockets, as well as Fagot and TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).”

“Jaysh al-Izza received this support under the pretension of being a ‘moderate group’ led by a known Syrian Arab Army (SAA) defector, al-Saleh,” Southfront adds. “However, the group’s acts were not in line with these claims. Since its formation, Jaysh al-Izza has been deeply linked to al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the al-Nusra Front. The group became one of the main allies of al-Nusra when its changed its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in 2017.”

“Western thought leaders are lionizing Abdel Baset al-Sarout who was killed fighting the Syrian army,” tweeted journalist Dan Cohen of the mass media response to Sarout’s death. “They conveniently omit that he fought in a militia allied with al-Qaeda and pledged allegiance to ISIS.”

Cohen linked to an excerpt from his mini-documentary The Syria Deception featuring footage of Sarout holding an ISIS flag, leading chants calling for the extermination of the Alawite minority in Syria, and announcing his allegiance to ISIS.

Other publicly available video footage includes a speech by Sarout urging cooperation between his own faction, ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise), saying “we know that these two groups are not politicized and have the same goals as us, and are working for God.”

“God willing we will work with them shoulder-to-shoulder when we leave here,” Sarout has been translated as saying in the speech. “And we are not Christians or Shiaa to be scared of suicide belts and car bombs. We consider these things as strengths of ours, and God willing they will be just that. This message is to the Islamic State and our brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra, that when we come out of here we will all be one hand to fight Christians and not to have internal fights among ourselves. We want to take back all the lands that have been filthied by the regime, that were entered and taken over by Shiaas and apostates.”

This bloodthirsty terrorist warmongering was taken by the aforementioned AP hagiography and twisted into the single sentence, “He repeatedly denounced rebel infighting and called on Syrians to unite against government forces.”

The Atlantic‘s Hassan Hassan framed Sarout’s unconscionable agendas as mere “flaws” which actually add to his inspiring and heroic story, tweeting, “Some individuals celebrated as heroes make you doubt all stories of heroes in history books. Others, like Abdulbasit Sarout, not inspire of but despite his flaws, make those stories highly plausible. He’s a true legend & his story is well documented. May his soul rest in peace.”

Yeah, come on, everybody’s got flaws. Some people suck at parallel parking, some people team up with ISIS and Al-Qaeda on genocidal extermination campaigns. We’ve all got our quirky little foibles.

We can expect more and more of these mass media distortions as Syria and its allies draw closer to recapturing Syrian land from the extremist forces which nearly succeeded in toppling Damascus just a few short years ago.

As these distortions pour in, keep this in mind: all of the violence that is still happening in Syria is the fault of the US and its allies, who helped extremist jihadist factions like Jaysh al-Izza overrun the nation to advance the preexisting goal of effecting regime change. The blame for all the death, suffering and chaos which ensues from a sovereign nation fighting to reclaim its land from these bloodthirsty factions rests solely on the government bodies which inflicted their dominance over the region in the first place.

You will see continuing melodramatic garment-rending from the US State Department and its mass media stenographers about “war crimes” and “human rights violations” as though the responsibility for this violence rests somewhere other than on the US-centralized power alliance, but they will be lying. What these warmongering propagandists are doing is exactly the same as paying a bunch of violent thugs to break into a home and murder its owner, then standing by and sounding the alarm about the way the homeowner chooses to fight off their assailants.

After it was discovered that the US and its allies armed actual, literal terrorist factions in Syria with the goal of effecting regime change, the only sane response would have been for the public to loudly and aggressively demand that all governments involved to take immediate action to completely rectify all damage done by this unforgivable war crime at any cost, and for there to be war crimes tribunals for every decision maker who was a part of it. Instead, because of propaganda circulated by the same mass media narrative management firms who are sanctifying the memory of Abdel-Basset al-Sarout today, the public remains asleep to the depravity of its rulers. This dynamic must change if we are to survive and thrive as a species.


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25 responses to “MSM Mourns Death Of CIA-Backed Syrian Al-Qaeda/ISIS Ally”

  1. Stephen Morrell Avatar
    Stephen Morrell

    Despite it largely being from an Assad government perspective, this otherwise compelling documentary, ‘The Veto’ by Vanessa Beeley, shows that in Syria the lying and falsification has graduated from being war’s ‘bodyguard’ to ‘full spectrum dominance’.

  2. if MSM is nourning his death, he must have been an enemy of humanity. MSM saves me time and effort to sort things out.

  3. The world wide suffering, carnage, and death brought about by the United States government, and her stooges, is not broadcast on network TV so therefor it must not be happening. Most of my fellow citizens do not want to know anything about the war crimes of our government; in reality they do not care. Because they do not care; our government just keeps on with its massive wholesale killing!

  4. I’ve been paying attention to Eva Bartlett for some time. I find her credible and sincere. Maybe I’m wrong, who knows?


  5. Barbara A. Mullin Avatar
    Barbara A. Mullin

    Read “The Management of Savagery” by Max Blumenthal and learn what is really going on.

    1. I read in Bloomberg today that our ruling financial oligarchs have released a statement inferring their support of regime change, cold and trade wars– Promising to stimulate the economy as needed. Makes me wonder if these are all banker’s wars.

  6. “Working for God… God willing… God willing… to fight Christians…”
    (Knock, Knock, Knock)
    Who’s at the gate?
    Abdel Baset al-Sarout
    Abdel Baset al-Sarout the Holy Warrior Hero martyr, or Abdel Baset al-Sarout the bloody torturer, war criminal opportunist and mass murderer?
    Well, that depends upon who you ask, but both are the same one person. These are very confusing times on Earth.
    So it seems…

  7. The US Super Mafia always portrays it’s vilest crimes as saintly actions for the good of all. The public’s acceptance of these lies makes them complicit in what their government does.

  8. I call them ” The Owners “! To their minds they own everyone and everything on this planet. They are no different from the violent thugs that mug old ladies because their narcotics money is in her handbag. The United States Congress has not declared war on Syria so everything that our government is doing over there is very illegal. We do not own Syria, we do not own anybody. Our government is committing blatant ” War Crimes ” the world over! That is the sick reality of what our government is doing! Mountains of sugar coating is not going to change that!

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain Avatar
    Mulga Mumblebrain

    Proof, yet again, that Western fakestream presstitutes are among the vilest vermin that Satan ever spawned. Justifiably held in the same degree of contempt as paedophiles and real estate agents, but that is probably an insult to those groups. Here in Austfailia the multi-culti SBS organisation has led the propaganda for the takfiri butchers and against the Syrian people, with often hysterical venom.

    1. Johny Conspiranoid Avatar
      Johny Conspiranoid

      “presstitutes” is an insult to sex workers.

    2. David Macilwain Avatar
      David Macilwain

      Yes and just watched on tonight’s SBS news the very same story about the hero of the revolution, which began with the claim that the SAA was making further advances toward Idlib, accompanied by new-style graphics presenting the same WH propaganda shit in a more arresting way. This is so far from the reality, where the SAA is currently fighting off a terrorist surge to retake land north of Hama, that it is pure fantasy, but echoed by nonsense from UN reps and never countered with the truth.

  10. On the other hand Assad and the Russians and Iranians are all saints.

    1. Mulga Mumblebrain Avatar
      Mulga Mumblebrain

      In comparison-absolutely.A salafist tragic, are you?

      1. Robert Edwards Avatar
        Robert Edwards


    2. How many military bases do Assad, the Russians, or the Iranians maintain outside their respective countries?

      1. Robert Edwards Avatar
        Robert Edwards

        Nothing compared to America which has over 120 bases on foreign soil…

        1. The estimated total is between 700 to 1000. US imperialism is very real. JVR needs to stop projecting the evils of our own USrael empire on to Syria, Russia & Iran.

          1. richard le sarcophage Avatar
            richard le sarcophage

            It’s 120 golf courses for the top brass. The bases number is an order of magnitude higher.

        2. Barbara A. Mullin Avatar
          Barbara A. Mullin

          US has over 800 military bases worldwide and Russia has nine.

    3. No saints. However:
      – President Bashar al-Assad: 88.7% in the 2014 Syrian presidential election.
      – President Vladimir Putin: 76.69% in the 2018 Russian presidential election.
      – President Hassan Rouhani: 57.14% in the 2017 Iranian presidential election.
      – Syrian jihadist groups: No elections, linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS, financed and armed by the CIA (2013-2017 Timber Sycamore program, etc.).

      1. richard le sarcophage Avatar
        richard le sarcophage

        What about Cameron, the Pig Molester-36% vote on 66% turnout (ie 24% of the electorate, not even the population)in 2015 in the UK, and that is a ‘landslide’ in a ‘liberal democracy’.

    4. JVR — Mr. Bumper, if you believe that revealing the facts about some ISIS jerks iconized to heroed by our media is equivalent to your absolute ilogical consequence “On the other hand Assad and the Russians and Iranians are all saints.”, then you have several options:

      1. Make an own investigation, and bring up acceptably proved facts (which means als: NOT the theater with chemical attacks in which well dressed US reporters sniff in aledge napalm and say ‘it smells indeed like that’, and other idiotic lies) which make any common sensic person accept that what those people do is incomparably worse than praising ISIS leaders and making them to heroes. Personally I would be happy to see a serious investigation like this, which allows to lead the comparison to ist end. Otherwise, read my lips, they say.

      2. Recognize that you answer, led by a deep cognition defect which twists your logics severely. This can lead to sociopathia.

      1. Robert Edwards Avatar
        Robert Edwards

        The trouble is the truth is out there and searching for it could cost you your life…. We all know (well, at lest the 1%) who is responsible for the terrorism in the Middle East but MSM censors all truths and likewise will happen to any inquiry… Until we can get the media out of the hands of these psychopaths it (MSM) will remain the same. MSM is controlled by the CIA and Israel….

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