TAKE US TO A-SHAM: Shiite singers Said Ahmad al-Mosawi and Bahaa al-Duhaibawi call their fellow Shiites to fight the FSA alongside the Syrian regime in a song that lays out the religious justifications for fighting in Damascus.
The singers show their allegiance to the Mahdi Army, Shiite religious leader’s Muqtada al-Sadr’s Iraqi militia. “Our weapons will diminish them [the FSA], we have a fatwa to kill them,” they sing, referencing a religious edict to battle the FSA in Syria.
“We are Ali’s Shia and they fear us,” the song continues, as the camera’s focus shifts to photos of Muqtada al-Sadr and his late father, religious scholar Mohammad al-Sadr, who was killed by Saddam Hussein in 1999.
Hundreds of Iraqi Shiite fighters with the Liwa Abu al-Fadel al Abbas and Thu al-Fikr Brigade are in Syria guarding the Sit Zainab Shrine, a holy place for Shiites south of Damascus. They are also fighting alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus.
“At least 14 Shiite military battalions fighting alongside the regime forces with support of Maliki Government in Iraq,” the Syrian National Coalition said in a statement Monday.
For the second day in a row, the SNC repeated its accusation on Monday that the Thu al-Fikar Brigade had conducted massacres in Nabek in Qalamoun. “Sectarian regime mercenaries massacred 34 people, whole families among them, in the al-Fattah neighborhood in Nabek neighborhood in Outer Damascus,” the opposition-in-exile charged. Pro-regime media did not immediately respond.