Sednaya, a village north of Damascus, known for its historical, cultural and religious heritage, characterized by a large presence of Christian churches and monasteries and a local community that speaks Aramaic, has been under constant threat by al-Qaeda linked militias, who have been terrorizing the civilian population.
Militants targeted Cherubim Monastery, which is located on top of a mountain in Qalamoun region. The armed militants continuously attacked the monastery from Rankus village in an effort to reach and take over the town of Sednaya. On January 19, more than 100 militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and brigades of the so-called Free Syrian Army (armed, trained, and funded by the Obama Regime) were killed during clashes with the Syrian Army near the monastery.
Syrian Army showing off the dead militants:
For the past month, Western intelligence officials have discreetly sounded the warning bells. Both through media leaks and official testimonies, French, Canadian, and UK officials have indicated that the flow of Westerners traveling to Syria to join the radical Islamist insurgency is increasing at a alarming pace.
One of two French brothers, both recently killed in Syria
Tracking Terrorism With these revelations, the specter of a foreign fighters-induced blowback resurfaces. The blowback theory goes like this: foreigners travel to a conflict zone where they undergo ideological radicalization and gain military training, which they subsequently use to launch terrorist plots in their homeland. Based on historical patterns, there are very legitimate reasons to be concerned.
Compared to previous jihads, the flow of foreign fighters streaming into Syria is unprecedented. Consequently, the task of identifying and monitoring returning fighters to identify the ones prone to engaging in terrorism is expanding and becoming more complex. Although a reliable head count is difficult to establish, most estimates put the number of foreign fighters in Syria between 5,000 and 11,000 since 2011, and generally consider that foreign volunteer comprise 10% of the rebel forces combating Bashar al-Assad. According to various estimates, 200 French fighters are believed to be in Syria while another 200 are thought to be in transit;over 100 Canadians are estimated to be fighting in Syria; and between 200 to 350 Britons have travelled to the country with the intention of becoming foreign fighters.
Just the latest backlash from the natives (Buddhists) against the ongoing violence, rape, and chaos caused by the minority Muslim population, who are doing what they have done in so many non-Muslim countries before. NOT THIS TIME! Buddhists have learned their lesson from places like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, about what happens when you don’t stop Muslims before it’s too late.
FOX Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence for nearly two years. More than 240 people have been killed and another 250,000 forced to flee their homes, most of them Rohinga Muslims from the western state of Rakhine.
The northern tip of the state, where Tuesday’s violence occurred, is home to 80 percent of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. The region is also one of the most isolated in the country, with access to foreign journalists and humanitarian aid workers almost always either denied or heavily restricted.
Chris Lewa of the Thailand-based Arakan Project, said details about the violence in Du Char Yar Tan village were still emerging, with many conflicting reports. The death toll could be anywhere from 10 to 60, said Lewa, whose sources range from a village administrator to witnesses. One described the slashed-up bodies of three acquaintances — two women and a 14-year-old boy — found in their homes.
Tensions have been building in the region since last month, when monks from a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969 arrived and started giving sermons by loudspeaker advocating the expulsion of all Rohingya.
Buddhist killed by Muslims
One resident said by phone that an initial flare-up followed the discovery of three bodies in a ditch near Du Char Yar Tan village by several firewood collectors. Believing they were among several Rohingya who went missing after being detained by authorities, they alerted friends and neighbors, who returned with their cellphones to take pictures, said the man, who works as a volunteer English teacher.
Buddhist killed by Muslims
That night, five police officers went to the village to confiscate the phones and check family lists, but the crowd turned on the officers, beating and chasing them off, said the man. The police returned at 2 a.m., saying one of the officers had gone missing, accusing villagers of either abducting or killing him.
That triggered a security crackdown.
Buddhist killed by Muslims
Lewa said her sources reported that Rohingya women and children had been hacked to death, but the numbers varied widely. That some of the victims appeared to have been stabbed with knives, not shot or beaten, “would clearly indicate the massacre was committed by (Buddhist) Rakhine villagers, rather than the police or army,” the Arakan Project wrote in a briefing Thursday.
The English teacher said 17 women and five children were killed. Another resident put the toll at 11.
Seven suspected Muslim terrorists have been killed by Russian security forces during a shootout in Makhachkala, just a few hundred miles from the site of next month’s Winter Olympics.
Russia’s anti-terrorist committee said those killed were suspected of carrying out an attack the day before in the country’s most Muslim region of Dagestan.