ISIS Editorial: Just Like Jews Displaced Palestinians, Sahwat Factions Abuse Syrian IDPs, Misuse Financial Aid Allocated To Help Them

May 17, 2021



On May 15, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) released Issue 286 of its weekly Al-Naba'. The issue included an editorial titled "Orphans On The Tables Of The Unkind," arguing that the Sunnis in Syria are victims of rival forces, including those affiliated with the Assad regime, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and other factions.[1]

The editorial began by arguing that the Assad regime, the Kurdish SDF forces, and ISIS's other rivals, whom it describes as "Sahwat [Awakening] factions," are all in the same category as they all try to use the Sunnis as a tool to gain money and status. 

"The tyranny of the Nusayri regime, its allies and proxies such as the PKK [i.e., SDF], is obvious in their apparent aggression against Islam, their fight against its people, and their obvious attempt to force them [i.e., Sunnis] to change their religion by converting them to becoming Rafidah [rejectionist, a derogatory term for Shi'ites] or atheist Communists. The situation with the apostate Sahwat factions in the regions of Aleppo and Idlib is not better, even though these parties and factions claims to defend Islam and falsely raise Islamic slogans," said the editorial.

It went on to say that "armed factions," i.e., ISIS's other rivals, are using the residents of Aleppo and Idlib, particularly internally displaced people, as a pressure card in their negotiations with Syrian parties and as a tool to secure funds from abroad.

The editorial argued that these factions use the financial aid given by international donors not to improve the living conditions of the refugees, but to serve the personal interests of its commanders.

It cited the deteriorating conditions under which the refugees live during the winter and summer as evidence of how the funds are being misused.

The editorial continued to highlight the living conditions of the Syrians who were displaced to these cities, saying that they are no different from the "Palestinian refugees displaced by the Jews for decades and up to today still live in camps because most countries do not want to legalize their residency under the pretext of their right of return."

Elaborating on the Palestinian refugees, the editorial said that "today they are a card used in the negotiations or peace talks with the Jews. And the so-called right of return is now a goal of these negotiations, not expelling the Jews and returning the land to its owners."

Returning to the main theme of the internally displaced people in Idlib and Aleppo, the editorial claimed that the factions in control of the area are using a symbolic amount of funds to replace the tents in the refugee camps with housing units. However, the goal is to ensure that the refugees do not leave the camps and seek better living conditions in Assad regime-controlled areas. The editorial argued that such a move would mean that these factions would no longer receive funding from international donors.

The editorial concluded by calling on Muslims in Syria to renew their jihad against the Sahwat factions and those under Assad regime's control. It further called on jihadis to free ISIS members from Assad and SDF's prisons.


[1] Telegram, NEWS_89, May 16, 2021.



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