Terrorist Groups Targetting Syria -Part 1: the Farouq Batallion

Posted on January 20, 2012


If you look up the word “terrorist”, you’ll find that there is no exact definition. However, there is a certain consensus on what it means: an act that threatens the life of other human beings for the sake of achieving a specific purpose. Since 1994, the United Nations General Assembly has condemned terrorist acts using the following political description of terrorism: “Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.”

1. Why is the so called “Syrian Free Army” a terrorist organization? Because it includes terrorists such as the Farouq Battalion

This picture shows a group of armed persons who claim to be part of the Syrian Free Army. Indeed, the writing behind them reads “The Free Syrian Army – The Farouq Battalion”. In other words, they call themselves the “Farouq battalion.” This group is dominated by elements pertaining to “Al Qaeda” and the “Ansar al-Sunna” organizations. Its members fought in “Fallujah” and “Anbar”, in Iraq, then returned to Syria  later. Their leader is Khaled Zugheib, also known as “Abu Qusay”.  They have been terrorizing people in Homs and its suburbs. The group also destroyed the oil and gas pipelines of the region.

2.  Factual Proofs of Terrorist Acts:
The crime of terrorism is defined in three paragraphs:

*Undertaking, organizing, sponsoring, ordering, facilitating, financing, encouraging or tolerating acts of violence against another State directed at persons or property and of such a nature as to create terror, fear or insecurity in the minds of public figures, groups of persons, the general public or populations, for whatever considerations and purposes of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or such other nature that may be invoked to justify them;
*Offenses under six listed conventions, such as the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft and the International Convention against the Taking of Hostages;
*An offence involving the use of firearms, weapons, explosives and dangerous substances when used as a means to perpetrate indiscriminate violence involving death or serious bodily injury to persons or groups of persons or populations or serious damage to property.
The following photo shows the five Iranian engineers kidnapped in Homs on December 21, 2011. The second man on the right is their Syrian cook.

On Wednesday, December 21, five Iranian electrical engineers were kidnapped on their way to a power plant in the troubled Syrian city of Homs by unknown gunmen.  Two more Iranian experts, who were trying to clarify the situation of the five abducted engineers, have also been kidnapped and there has been no immediate report about their whereabouts. The technicians have been building the city’s Jandar power plant in Homs, Syria for the past two years, a project that was expected to be over by the end of 2011. Iranian engineers and experts are currently implementing development projects in Syria, valued at more than 1.7 billion dollars.

The  picture above is a very recent one. It shows Khaled Zugheib, alias “Abu Qusay” standing in front of one of  the Iranian victims, while 3 others are sitting on the floor. As we pointed it out earlier, Khaled Zugheib is the leader of the “Farouk Battalion”. Therefore we can safely assert that the group responsible for the hostage is the “Farouk Battalion”.

However, when the Iranians disappeared, a statement was issued by a previously unheard of organization, ” the Movement Against the Shiite Tide in Syria”,  that claimed that it was behind the kidnapping and warned Iran of the consequences of supporting Damascus: “We took upon ourselves the task of detecting and hitting all forms of support provided by both Iran and Hezbollah to the (Syrian government).” This statement was given exclusively to the French Press Agency.

Thus, at the beginning, the “Farouk Battalion” invented a fictitious organization,  ” the Movement Against the Shiite Tide in Syria”, and used it as a front.

According to Fars News Agency from Damascus, abductors of the Iranian engineers intended to force the abductees to wear IRGC uniforms and confess that they were IRGC members that came to Syria in order to stage an operation in collaboration with the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

Given the fact that  a fake front that emphasizes an anti-Shiite movement was used, that a fake statement was largely circulated by the press, and that the Farouk Battalion is part of the so called “Free Syrian Army”, we may conclude that the hostage of Iranians in Syria aims to create conflict between Syria and Iran as well as fuel sectarian hatred, not only in Syria, but also in the Arab world.

[Further info about this terrorist group will be added when I find it]

Written by Haifa aka Haifashion Smiley