The wind of change has continued to spread in the Arab world, until it pushes the Syrian people to refuse to turn the humiliation longer and claim their right to freedom and dignity.
The voices have just begun to rise as the shooting of live ammunition rang from the guns of the security agents on supporters of freedom.
And when the voices became more and more likely to rise, it is no longer live ammunition which were thrown into the crowd but tank shells and helicopter missiles so that people had to alternative but to defend their villages and their children waving their arms in the face of these tyrants, a follower of the worst forms of torture and repression against civilians.
Faced with these injustices, many military refused to be agents of the oppression and serve these criminals and murderers. Some of them formed battalions and companies and organized themselves with their civilian friends to fight the army and security services. Of these battalions, there was the famous Sham Falcons brigade, composed of dissident soldiers and civilians.
In this interview with the brigade commander, Al Moujahed Shaykh Ahmad nicknamed "Abu Issa", explains the strategy of this brigade in outline:
The Sham Falcons brigade is one of those formations created to defend the unarmed civilians that became the target of ammunition and shells fired by the army and security services in their claim peacefully advocating freedom and fall of the regime.
Also, soldiers who deserted the Syrian army formed the brigade and were joined by young normally called to do their military service but who preferred to join the people's army to that oppressive regime that killing and destroying towns and villages. Like rejoined the brigade civilians convinced that this country would not be delivered from the gangs of Assad but by force.
What are the elements at the base of the formation of Sham Falcons ?
The main elements at the base of the brigade are deserters who left the regular army and who have distinguished themselves by their patriotism and enthusiasm to defend the children of their own country. They are part of what is called the Free Syrian Army if not they prefer to work in the field and risk their lives, breaking and those living in refugee camps in Turkey. We and those among the officers and soldiers who work dissidents inside the country are in the same trench and we do not recognize those who act and become personalities of the revolution and we have no connection with them. Those among them who have links with the interior are our allies in the liberation of Syria, but they are only part of the revolution as we are a part of this revolution. Nobody can claim exclusive rights or claim to be the representative of the revolution or the top of the pyramid is precisely because the revolution came to bring all people equal. And that is why today the rebels forming the brigade are from civilians and we are with officers and NCOs and soldiers dissenting brothers in order to achieve our common goal to liberate Syria from this oppressive system.
What do you think of the Syrian National Council, and are you involved in decisions?
The Syrian National Council is the chief representative of the revolution abroad, and we recognize that advice as a structure with a few reservations about the actions of some of its members. However, its decisions are not binding in any way because we work in the field and we are better able to know the necessities of the context in which we live. This is the Syrian National Council, which should realize the claims of the people and not vice versa and so far it has done very little of what the people expected of him.
What is the relationship between the various brigades and battalions in the field?
The relationship between the various groups working in the field is like the relationship between twin brothers, namely a relationship of harmony to achieve a common goal. And if the names are many actors they all wear the same uniform military (that of the revolutionary) and they work together. Anyone, anywhere in Syria, claims our support we bring to it and we are ready to work with everyone. We are in the same trench and fight under one banner. Even if the names are different and that the organization is separate to ease coordination, battalions and brigades deployed throughout the province of Edleb and Syria are so general each under the command of a central battalion.
Where do the Hawks squad Sham procure weapons?
Our weapons are small and individual arms, and we get them from the spoils of war when we conduct military operations against the army checkpoints in the region. Also we buy arms dealers in the region our ammunition and small arms. Any soldier who defected and joined our ranks in general has obtained his weapon in the regular army. And finally we buy sometimes corrupt officers but we do not receive anything from the inside or abroad.
After the overthrow of the regime, how do you see the situation in Syria and how do you see minorities ?
The overthrow of the regime is the first goal of all citizens and free from corruption and this is the main door to enter a policy for the rule of law and justice.
After the overthrow of the regime, we will claim the establishment of a moderate Islamic state and that's part of our law and our liberty to claim that what we aspire, without imposing it on society. But this is one of our requirements as Muslims and our right to demand an Islamic state, as lay people who want a secular regime and the communists who want a Communist regime have the right to claim so.
As minorities, we do not want people away or harm those who just like we do not wish to be removed or injured. Our enemy is none other than this unjust regime and our goal is to fall it, but it appears that some mercenaries wear the revolutionary dress and seek the power to enslave for personal, whether it is material or other and we see born, among those who claim the revolution, Shabihas as the regime has its Shabihas. The true revolutionaries must fight them more than they fight the regime's agents because our goal is to free the country from these people and their similar among the acolytes of the regime and Shabihas that helps to kill the people.
We need to free people from this system regardless of affiliation and identity. And we agree to alliances with all current and ethnicity, including the Alawite sect, a global goal to overthrow this system.
The fact that a sectarian civil war awaits the country once the overthrown regime is an invention of the state that wants to create it but it will not take place after his fall because we are the defenders of justice and freedom and that anyone who puts his hand in our to establish justice in Syria is on our side regardless of his confession. As for the other they are allies of the regime. The best proof of this is the presence of elements of different ethnicity and religion in the ranks of the brigade.
What do you think about the attacks on the security headquarters near residential areas which can cause the death of innocent civilians?
We are against the idea of conducting operations near the places of residences, which can result in the death of innocent civilians or the destruction of their property and we have never committed such acts. There is no rule in Islam saying that "the end justifies the means", however our reference is the word of Allah and the tradition of His Prophet. And we must measure the interests and disadvantage of our actions and if a stock has more downside than interest in moving away then what say about an act that involves the lives of innocent people? We condemn it because we are Muslims and that Islam means peace and salvation and believer (Mu'min) literally means the safety and security. We are not hungry for war and killing and if we took the weapons it is only to defend our people and preserve its security and safety.
Do you call outside NATO and to get rid of this system?
We believe that NATO and the United Nations and the international community in general have sold their conscience. While in appearance the international community is on the side of the revolution, we see that it really makes fun of people because of interest and links it to maintain this system in place as long as possible.
And the best evidence is given these delays and procrastination by the international community and their report which are only given additional opportunities to this rogue regime to increase its crime and bloodshed.
But they yearned for a thing while Allah has decided another. And God is with us and that is enough. Our revolution is a revolution of conscience and ethics, not a revolution of interest and money. So we don’t accept cooperation based on whatever conditions the party, internally or externally. Whoever puts his hand in our scheme to topple without limitation or qualification, we are with him, otherwise it is not us and we are not him.
What is your position on the soldiers and officers who exercise even in the ranks of the regular army?
We worked hard and with all our strength to help those who wanted to desert the ranks of the regular army. And we offered the possibility to all officers and soldiers serving this criminal army among our children or those of other communities to defect. Unfortunately some are still serving the criminal system and we don’t know if it's fear or belief, but for the time which was granted it behooves us now to try and punish any individual working in the army and the Trainer before the Revolutionary Court who will judge according to the Qur'an and Sunnah and his sentence will be just. And regardless of the lies fabricated by the state to get dirty we are far from committing war crimes because we came out against injustice and we therefore do not accept our turn to commit injustices. But all to whom the evidence is provided that they have on their hands the blood of innocent Syrians are being condemned. And here I run an ultimatum to the families of officers, staff and soldiers who are still working in the army to defect as soon as possible because the revolution will do them no more mercy.
What is the proper way in your fight against the military arsenal of the Syrian army?
Since we are still in the constitution phase and we have only individual weapons we cannot cope with the army and its powerful military arsenal as rural and urban guerrilla warfare.
This is a war of attrition in which we pursue every inch of this country and their tendons which we ambushes behind every tree and rock present in the Jabal Al Zawiyah (Mountain Province Idlep) up liberate the land of their evil and oppression.
Do you think the revolution will last much longer? Do you hope that victory is near and how long do you think?
It is within the pain born of hope and the property is located in what Allah has decided. And we see the extension of the revolution many good things for Syria and the Syrians because the revolution is coming as a filter to clean the heart of people. No nation will win through to the hypocrites and their fall precisely what distinguishes our revolution other is that they have begun by the support of senior officials and the wealthy while our revolution began at the bottom of the people and the working class.
We raised our hands to taking olive branches, our chests were tight and our throats burning. Then the regime began to use violence, urging us to take up arms, weapons that we had stolen. And we will continue to fight and push back their tanks with stones Allah willing, even if the East and West and we forsake our bargain life and the lives of our citizens abroad. And it was this that made our revolution stronger than all the other revolutions that shook the Arab world by their effect. The future will all leaders and people under the same footing, and there will be more senior. We are witnessing the last hours of the regime, he blows his last moments and he is left longer to capitulate.
What is most lacking in the brigade to deal with this regime and lead to his downfall?
We miss terribly weapons and ammunition and we strive to ally ourselves with the conscientious people around the world to provide us with arms and equipment to deal with the tyranny of this system and help us to his downfall.
What is your advice to the rebels and fighters of the Syrian army free inside the country?
I say, hang in there all the rope of Allah and be not divided, and fight against your ego and be brothers who love each other for Allah to free your land and your people from the oppression of these tyrants.
Also I send a message to the opposition being outside the country: Take care not to haggle the blood of your fellow citizens. Whether your goal is noble and correct your vision. Work to unify the voices and the ranks and do not work for chairs and positions.
Finally my last post is addressed to the world: do not believe that the Syrian people is similar to its officers and that his conscience can be bought and sold, we are a people with a long history and are in favor of a noble cause. Be honest with us by your actions before your words.
Interview with journalist Abu Anas Ahmad Assi